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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W33A20): Enhanced EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework | EAC on electronic cargo project | Frontex to adopt biometric | AfCFTA goes online | Internet shutdown in Belarus | ICANN root server in Mexico | UN digital model tax treaty | ITI’s Policy Agenda for the Americas..

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W33A20): Enhanced EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework | EAC on electronic cargo project | Frontex to adopt biometric | AfCFTA goes online | Internet shutdown in Belarus | ICANN root server in Mexico | UN digital model tax treaty | ITI’s Policy Agenda for the Americas..

CYBER GEOPOLITICS

In a statement, Internet Society has expressed its disappointment on the U.S. Clean Network Program. The Organisation said, by this program, USA is considering policies that would fracture the internet.

In the USA, the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation released a joint alert relating to a new malware toolset operated by Russia’s military intelligence service.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement on election interference outlining that China, Russia, and Iran are all interested in various forms of interference.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is working with industry partners to stay on top of the latest cyber threats mainly relating to coronavirus vaccines and treatments, or preventing interference in this November’s election.

Russia said that Germany ignored Russia’s requests on cybersecurity. According to Russian Foreign Minister, Russia has registered 75 cyberattacks originated from the German sector between January 2019 and May 2020.

According to Israel Ministry of Defense, North Korean government-linked hackers have been targeting the Israeli defense sector with fake job offers.

Pakistan said it has  identified major cyber attack committed by India targeting mobile phones of government and other gadgets of government officials and military personnel.

A report prepared at the request of Papua New Guinea’s National Cyber Security Centre concludes that Papua’s National Data Centre built by Huawei in 2018 is insecure. The Australian Financial Review stated that the Centre was built to spy.

CYBER POLITICS – DIGITAL POLICY

Global tech trade association ITI unveiled its new Policy Agenda for the Americas emphasising actions and policy principles for key digital issues in countries throughout North and South America.

PRIVACY – DATA PROTECTION

The East African Community (EAC) will launch a regional electronic cargo and driver tracking system (RECDTS). the tracking system is expected to be the key to the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce released a joint statement  outlining the beginning of concertations to evaluate the potential for an enhanced EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework to comply with the Court Justice of the European Union’s judgment in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems (C-311/18) 

The European Consumer Organisation issued a report on the two year anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation. The report stressed out the enforcement of the GDPR from the perspective of consumers and national consumer organisations.

In France, CNIL said it was making preliminary investigations into TikTok after it received a complaint in May against the Chinese-owned video-sharing app.

In the USA, following the FTC’s request for comments on proposed amendments to the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information, The US Association of National Advertisers stated that the existing safeguards rule is working and recommended the FTC to hold on existing Safeguards Rule.

In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton Paxton Files Lawsuit against Clinica Hispana for fraudulent COVID testing and failing to secure Personal Information  

In Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released updated version of the Privacy Guide for Businesses providing organizations with a summary of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

In Basil, the Official Journal of the State of Pernambuco published Executive Decree 49.265 of 6 August 2020 establishing policy for personal data protection in accordance with LGPD.

Oracle and Salesforce face class action lawsuits in Dutch, English and Welsh courts that claim their processing and sharing of personal data collected by third-party cookies to sell targeted online advertising breaches the General Data Protection Regulation.

ACCESS

In Belarus, Internet connectivity and cellular service have been down, disrupting significantly internet connectivity. The blackout appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus’ presidential election Sunday.

DIGITAL IDENTITY

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency announced its project to introduce biometrics and other technologies in its entry-exit system at land borders.

INTERNET RESOURCES

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)  announced the successful installation of an ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) instance in Monterrey, Mexico. There are now 35 IMRS instances installed in Latin America.

In Oman, The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority published guidelines for internet service providers amid transition to IPv6 protocol with recommendations to achieve a coordinated transition from IPv4 to IPv6.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

In South Wales, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the use of automatic facial recognition (AFR) technology is Police is unlawful.

SECURITY

In the USA, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking information on ways to secure billions of internet-connected devices against futuristic code-breaking tools according to an Aug. 11 sources-sought notice.

The Department of Justice announced that it has obtained a Temporary Restraining Order in federal court to combat fraud related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

A coalition of lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced the State and Local IT Modernization and Cybersecurity Act which would provide $28 billion in federal aid to state and local governments to help renew older systems in the midst of the pandemic. 

The Navy’s primary cyber outfit released its strategic plan 2020-2025, “a document that calls for using the service’s networks as a warfighting platform”.

NIST released the final version of its Zero Trust Architecture publication, which provides the enterprise security model and provides a roadmap for deploying the concept.

In a discussion paper, The Department of Home Affairs has commented some of the initiatives from the recently released 2020 Cyber Security Strategy  proposing cyber regulations and legal

In Germany, The Office for Information Security announced that the Federal Network Agency had published a draft catalogue of security requirements for the operation of telecommunications and data processing systems. The German government has signed up to create an agency to protect the country’s cybersecurity funded with €350 million ($412 million).

In Japan, The Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies of the Bank of Japan published a discussion paper on payment service providers for smartphones.

INFRASTRUCTURE

USA announced that 100 MHz of mid-band spectrum will be made available for commercial 5G to enables US industry to use the spectrum & deploy 5G nationwide, strengthening the United States’ leadership in 5G communications

The Australian Government launched a public consultation on its protecting critical infrastructure outlining the Australia’s critical infrastructure through amendments to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The US Government Accountability Office released its report on privacy and accuracy issues related to the commercial use of facial recognition technology.

CYBER ATTACK

The United States District Court Northern District of California San Jose Division granted, final approval to the Yahoo! Inc. class action settlement over the company’s 2016 data breach .

DIGITAL ECONOMY

The UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters  released a proposed optional UN model tax treaty article that would grant additional taxing rights to countries where an automated digital services provider’s customers are located.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the negotiations within African Continental Free Trade Area is to go online despite concerns regarding the use of virtual systems, especially regarding infrastructure reliability, security and confidentiality.

SUSTAINABLE DE VELOPMENT

Algeria and Italy plan to collaborate on startups and innovation focusing on financing, technology transfer, and research and development.

The World Bank has approved seventy-five million dollars for the Government of Dominica to assist the country on its digital economy projects

FAKE NEWS

newly published study in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene showed misinformation about the coronavirus has led to the deaths to at least some 800 people and possibly more.

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