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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W35A20): Brazil’s data law enforcement, TikTok sues US Gov; Russia to partner with Huawei; NSO contracts with Arab states; UNECA on tech amid COVID-19: BRICS on standardization; Arab Economic Union on digital identity…

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W35A20): Brazil’s data law enforcement, TikTok sues US Gov; Russia to partner with Huawei; NSO contracts with Arab states; UNECA on tech amid COVID-19: BRICS on standardization; Arab Economic Union on digital identity…

CYBER GEOPOLITCS

TikTok sues the US Government over the Executive Order to ban the company’s operations in USA. TikTok claims it protects U.S. user data by storing that data outside of China on servers in the U.S. and Singapore.

CISA, NSA, and the FBI have issued a joint warning against a North Korean hacking group called the BeagleBoyz highlighting the cyber threat posed by North Korea and providing recommendations to mitigate the threat.

US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released the National Strategy to Secure 5G as directed by the United States National Cyber Strategy.

US authorities charged a Russian national who has convinced an employee of Tesla in Nevada to install malware on their employer’s network in exchange for $1 million. According to Court documents, 27-year-old Russian man named Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov reached out to Tesla’s employees via WhatsApp

Russia is open to partnering with China in its Huawei Technologies Co on 5G technology promising it would not follow the U.S. on the issue who demand countries not to cooperate on 5G with China, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov

Israeli human rights advocates filed a new petition in Tel Aviv court seeking to halt the Israeli company Cellebrite selling phone hacking tools to Hong Kong’s police force.

Israeli firm NSO Group Technologies has signed contracts with Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia. NSO Group Technologies is an Israel-based technology firm whose spyware called Pegasus enables the remote surveillance of smartphones.

DATA PROTECTION – PRIVACY

So far in 2020, Businesses operating within the European Union have been hit with a total of €68 million (£61.5m) in fines relating to GDPR breaches. Over €45 millions of that came from Italian-owned companies, according to financial experts Finbold.

Brazil’s senate approved on August 26 a last-minute amendment to legislation that set August 27 the effective date for the LGPD to take effect. But, due to complex legislative proceedings there has been uncertainty over whether the law is actually in force or not. The LGPD, adopted in 2018 is Brazil’s first comprehensive data protection law inspired by the GDPR.

The President of the Federal Republic of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has signed Decree No. 10,474 of 26 August 2020 approving structure of data protection authority

In Germany, The North Rhine-Westphalia State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information released the guidance on video surveillance by non-public bodies under the General Data Protection Regulation.

In France, the data protection authority issued a statement highlighting the prohibition under current regulations of use of automatic number plate recognition to automatise ticketing of vehicles,  

In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced its proposed amendments to the national market system plan governing the Consolidated Audit Trail to bolster the CAT’s data security.

Facebook submitted official comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ahead of its September 22 public workshop “to examine the potential benefits and challenges to consumers and competition raised by data portability.”

DIGITAL COOPERATION

BRICS experts discussed mechanisms for promoting cooperation between the BRICS countries in the field of standardization. Experts also highlighted the role of the national standardization agencies in responding to emergencies such as COVID-19 pandemic.

DIGITAL INDENTITY

The Arab Economic Union and Idemia has signed a contract worth over $200 million in its first phase for a biometrics-backed digital identity system.  The project is part of a plan to digitize Arab economies and ease their integration with the global economy.

CYBER ATTACK

Four days in a row,  the New Zealand stock exchange has been hit with cyber attacks during several hours. There is no clarity on who is behind these two attacks, but the failure to stop them has raised questions about New Zealand’s security systems, experts said.

CONTENT

Facebook has shared data with United Nations investigators probing international crimes in Myanmar. Data shared are from pages and accounts associated with the Myanmar military that it had removed in 2018 to stop hate speech against Rohingya.

Facebook prepares legal action against the government of Thailand for ordering the social media platform to partially shut down access to a group critical of the Thai monarchy

ONLINE EDUCATION

Ericsson and UNICEF announced a global partnership to help map school connectivity in 35 countries by the end of 2023 to provide every child access to digital learning opportunities. 

UNICEF launched a new report outlining the limitations of remote learning and exposing the deep inequalities in access stating that 1 in 3 children missed out on remote learning when COVID-19 shuttered schools globally .

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

In Saudi Arabia, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has approved Saudi Arabia’s Artificial Intelligence strategy, which is expected to contribute an estimated 500 billion riyals (US$133 billion) to gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.

The USA announced the establishment of 12 new research institutes focused on AI and quantum information science. The National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are part of these agencies aiming to invest massively for the benefit of AI and quantum computing study.

RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN

An Argentine court enforced, for the first time, the right to be forgotten, in re “Denegri, Natalia Ruth v. Google Inc.

A Turkish court  granted convicted rapist to exercise ‘right to be forgotten,’ to remove news about his case from Internet sites, including those of national newspapers.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

European Consumer Organisation published its response to the European Commission’s public consultation on a new European democracy action plan highlighting that consumers’ online behaviour is recorded and turned into profiling data.

The King County Washington Superior Court judge had ordered two Washington based businesses, US Air Ducts & Sky Builders Inc. and DLM Services Inc., as well the owner Rami Mornel, to pay a $10 million fine in a lawsuit over deceptive advertisements and robocalls.

The Federal Trade Commission has announced FY 2021 fees for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry.

TAXATION

Facebook’s French subsidiary has agreed to pay the French government 106 million euro (US$125 million) in back taxes and penalties for the years 2009-2018 following a 10-year audit of its accounts.

Brazil is considering another bill aiming to enact a digital service tax that would be levied on gross income derived from digital services.

Facebook said it will charge Zimbabwe advertisers value-added tax (VAT) on the sale of advertisements with effect from 1 September due to Zimbabwe’s implementation of VAT on the supply of electronic services.

SECURITY

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology released NISTIR 8006: NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Challenges and NISTIR 8272: Impact Analysis Tool for Interdependent Cyber Supply Chain Risks (‘the Guide’), following a public comment period on the draft.

CHILD ONLINE PROTECTION

Zambia launched an online children protection strategy aimed at protecting children from online abuse and cyberbullying.

Chinese Ministry of Education said the country has launched a special campaign to enhance the cyberspace environment for minors. The campaign will concentrate efforts on solving problems related to internet addiction among minors.

CYBER ATTACK

A US federal grand jury has charged a Ghanaian, 27-year-old Maxwell Peter with wire fraud, computer fraud, money laundering and identity theft. He was charged along with several other individuals,

DOMAIN NAME

VeriSign, Inc. announced that the second quarter of 2020 closed with 370.1 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 3.3 million domain name registrations, or 0.9 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2020.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

A report, “People’s Money: Harnessing Digitalization to Finance a Sustainable Future”, by the UN Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Finance sets Action Agenda spelling out how digital finance can harness Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also, THE UNITED NATIONS has encouraged countries to step up the use of technology in financial services

The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka signed a 4-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support Sri Lanka’s aspirations for digital transformation. 

The Economic Commission for Africa, jointly with International Economics Consulting Ltd, released the report of the second comprehensive survey on the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact across Africa. Among other insights, the study shows out the fact African businesses shifting towards new technologies in response to COVID-19 pandemic

United Arab Emirates (UAE) is aiming to develop smart cities stemmed from the government’s Vision 2021 plan

INFRASTRUCTURE

Strive Masiyiwa has expressed his delight at the completion of the landmark fibre link from Cape Town to the DRC’s western port city of Moanda.

MORE NEWS

ITU has launched newly updated editions of two technical reference documents that lay out the standards and definitions for the collection of internationally comparable ICT statistics.

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