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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W34A20): Interpol on online crime in Africa; US executive order on ByteDance; SADC to deal with fake news; ECLAC to review data laws; Saudi Arabia’s Cyber Security Framework; Facebook on Standard Contractual Clauses…

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W34A20): Interpol on online crime in Africa; US executive order on ByteDance; SADC to deal with fake news; ECLAC to review data laws; Saudi Arabia’s Cyber Security Framework; Facebook on Standard Contractual Clauses…


In the United States,  President Donald Trump has issued an executive order stating that ByteDance must sell its interest in the app it bought and merged with TikTok.

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and the FBI have issued a joint Malware Analysis Report describing a North Korean remote access Trojan, “BLINDINGCAM”. Also, CISA announced the completion of simulated cyberattack to protect U.S. and its partners against a real attack on critical systems. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released the final report on Russian interference with the 2016 election.

Moreover, US secretary of state began a five-day tour in central European countries as US and Slovenia signed a declaration against using Chinese 5G data networks.  The Commerce Department issued new rules restricting Huawei Technologies Co.’s access to chips made with American technology as China says it will protect its companies at all costs accusing Washington of damaging global trade with sanctions against the tech giant Huawei.

Taiwan’s officials has accused China of cyberespionage against Taipei’s government agencies attacking at least 10 government agencies and some 6,000 email accounts of government officials. Beijing has qualified Taiwan’s accusation of “malicious slander stating that :“China is a staunch defender of cybersecurity, and is one of the victims of hacking attacks.”

While facing several restrictions in western countries, Huawei continues its growth in Africa as several countries like South Africa, Kenya, Lesotho, Egypt, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon are at various stages rolling-out 5G. Besides, India plans to ban china’s Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. due to security threats .

Ukraine’s National Cyber Coordination Centre warns that Gamaredon aims to commit large cyberattack on Ukraine’s government agencies and infrastructure before Independence Day anniversary

Turkish hackers has accused hacking group from Greece responsible for an attack on a website of the Greek region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace raising concerns over possible cyberwar between Greek and Turkish.


The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has commissioned a study to review the data protection legislation of select Caribbean countries to assess data privacy laws alignment with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as international best practice in the area of data sharing.

In Colombia, The Superintednecy of Industry and Commerce issued a circular outlining mandatory compliance requirements for businesses that have collected personal data during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

In Europe, EDPB issues opinions on draft decisions of the data protection authorities on accreditation requirements and on the controller Binding Corporate Rules of Tetra Pak Group and Jotun Group respectively  

European Center for Digital Rights filed 101 complaints against EU companies that continue to send website visitor data to Google LLC and Facebook, Inc. one month after the Court Justice of the European Union’s (‘CJEU’) judgment in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems (C-311/18) (‘the Schrems II Case’).

In Africa, the National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria has published the draft Data Protection Bill 2020 for public comments. Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative files lawsuit against Central Bank of Nigeria for directive to share customer data with FinTech companies. Also, The Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative filed a lawsuit against the National Identity Management Commission following a data leak of Nigerians’ personal data. 

In Saudi Arabia, The Communications and Information Technology Commission published its Cyber ​​Security Regulatory Framework for Providers of Communications, Information Technology and Post Services.

Facebook, Inc., announced it is working to migrate to Standard Contractual Clauses for data transfers regarding ads and measurement products, as well as Workplace customers in light of the Court Justice of the European Union’s (‘CJEU’) judgment in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems (C-311/18).


the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued its 65 page report to update guidance on biometric facial recognition technology.

The Security Industry Association has released a set of ‘Principles for the Responsible and Effective Use of Facial Recognition Technology’ to guide both private and public-sector applications of facial biometrics.

The Moroccan data protection authority issued a deliberation on the use of facial recognition technologies by social security institutions in the context of authentication procedures.

The Council of Europe Secretariat has produced a graphical visualisation of the distribution of strategic and ethical frameworks relating to artificial intelligence, big data, data science and robotics.


In the USA, the “State and Local IT Modernization and Cybersecurity Act” was released by a group including Solarium Commission co-chairs Sen. Angus King (I-ME) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI).

Three members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission introduced bicameral legislation to appropriate $28 billion in new Federal aid and establish programs to enhance state and local government modernization and cybersecurity.

The Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, and Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory guidance document to assist non-federal public and private entities interested in using technical tools, systems, and capabilities to detect and mitigate unmanned aircraft systems.

In Europe, the European Banking Authority launched a consultation on the deployment of technology-enabled innovation for regulatory compliance and reporting requirements by regulated institutions.

The International Criminal Police Organisation published a report on online organised crime in Africa, warning that it presents a serious security issue for law enforcement.

India aims new cybersecurity policy, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in order to better plan cybersecurity strategies and operations.


In India, TRAI issued Consultation Paper on Roadmap to Promote Broadband Connectivity and Enhanced Broadband Speed

The Nigerian House of Representatives Committee on Insurance and Actuarial has initiated an investigation into the financial deals related to the NigcomSat-1R television broadcasting satellite.


According to a communique released at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) annual summit held virtually, SADC has taken appropriate measures to deal with impact of fake news and abuse of social media particularly in electoral processes.

The Tanzanian Government has published in the Gazette of the United Republic of Tanzania, Government Notice No. 538 regarding the Electronic and Postal Communications Regulations, 2020.


In Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner published guidance for manufacturers of Internet of Things devices to help them develop smart devices that respect privacy rights and comply with federal privacy law. The OPC also published advice for Canadians on how to use smart devices while protecting their personal information.


“The Internet Society and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on designing and deploying community networks, ensuring local connectivity initiatives achieve long-term sustainability, and other areas of joint interest.”

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have signed an agreement to collaborate on Giga, a UNICEF-ITU global initiative to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice. 

Dubai International Financial Centre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Etisalat, the leading emerging markets telecommunications provider.

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