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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W36A20): NSA surveillance program unlawful; IRAN’s Armed Forces on laws in Cyberspace; ICRC on privacy in Humanitarian action; WIPO 2020 Digital Regulation Handbook; Africa CDC launched AVoHC net for Health; New Zealand’s NZX stock exchange attacked; ECLAC on access in LATAM; Announcement (ICANN, IGF)

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W36A20): NSA surveillance program unlawful; IRAN’s Armed Forces on laws in Cyberspace; ICRC on privacy in Humanitarian action; WIPO 2020 Digital Regulation Handbook; Africa CDC launched AVoHC net for Health; New Zealand’s NZX stock exchange attacked; ECLAC on access in LATAM; Announcement (ICANN, IGF)


The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces released a statement outlining its views on how international law applies in cyberspace. The statement is with China’s International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace the two of its kind issued from a major non-Western cyber power.

In India, Government has blocked 118 Chinese Mobile Apps Which he said are Prejudicial to Sovereignty and Integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order. In response, the Chinese Embassy in India said that the ban not only harms the “legitimate rights and interests” of Chinese investors, but also harms the interests of Indian consumers and the “investment environment”.

US CISA and the FBI stated in a  joint statement that they have not seen any cyber attacks this year on voter registration databases or on any systems involving voting following the publication of a report on potential Russian election interference.

North Korean authorities are publicly denying the U.S. government’s claim the country is involved in a financial cybercrime campaign targeting international ATMs.

French President Emmanuel Macron said France is not excluding Chinese telecom giant Huawei from its upcoming 5G telecommunication networks but favors European providers for security reasons.

A Chinese national was arrested in the United States for destroying evidence of possible transfer of sensitive data to China. 


An appeals court ruled that the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records was unlawful, seven years after it was exposed by Edward Snowden.


The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) updated the Radio Regulations and opened the path for the introduction of new technologies such as IMT-2020 or 5G, high-altitude platforms, and large constellations of non-geostationary orbit satellites.


The Norwegian parliament in a  statement,  announced that it was targeted over the past week by a major cyberattack that compromised multiple members of the government.

New Zealand’s NZX stock exchange has continued to sustain distributed DDoS attacks. However, it has resumed trading after arriving with the Financial Markets Authority at an alternative way of releasing market announcements.


The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a final directive requiring all federal agencies to develop and publish cyber vulnerability disclosure policies.

The European Commission announced that the EU-funded project ‘ANASTACIA’ had introduced a new privacy and security framework for cyber-physical systems based on Internet of Things and virtualised cloud architectures.

Insurance Europe published its 2019-2020 Annual Report addressing its work in relation to new technologies, cybersecurity, data protection, and anti-money laundering.


The International Committee of the Rec Cross has launched the second Edition of the Handbook on data protection in Humanitarian action outlining how data protection principles should be applied by humanitarian organisations.

During its Thirty-seventh Plenary session, the EDPB adopted guidelines on the concepts of controller and processor under the General Data Protection Regulation and guidelines on the targeting of social media users. 

The European Parliament announced that the Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders has updated the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on transatlantic data transfers following the ECJ’s ruling invalidating the Privacy Shield decision.

The Belgian Data Protection Authority published a report on the level of knowledge and understanding of GDPR in small and medium enterprises.

The Danish authorities are investigating the country’s Defence Intelligence Service following allegations that the Service shared Danish citizens’ data with the US NSA.

In Nigeria, the Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative have commenced a data protection action at the Federal High Court against the bank for a personal data breach.

The California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill which extends the exemptions for employee information and business to business transactions under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has shared with members of two parliamentary committees his response to an information request on the privacy implications of the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert application and the adequacy of current privacy laws.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is making inquiries with relevant parties into reports of a data breach involving scanned NSW driver licences.


In Vietnam, the Ministry of Information and Communications issued a statement on the illegality of spam and illegal advertising through emails and over-the-top applications.

GENDER ONLINE has released a new report on online Gender-based Violence outlining that sexual harassment is the most common type of online gender-based violence experienced in Uganda.


Nigerian President has approved the transfer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in an effort to ensure that synergy and effective ministry supervisory mechanism is put in place to coordinate, monitor and track the progress of Federal Government’s digital transformation initiatives

The UK government has said that it “will develop proposals for a legal framework to remove regulatory barriers which prevent the use of secure digital identities and establish safeguards for citizens”.


The UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is recommending countries to provide a “basic basket of Information and Communications Technologies for all households”.

Human Right Watch reported that Belarusian authorities are disrupting internet access and restricting content online in response to peaceful, countrywide protests.

President Paul Kagame has called for increased internet connectivity to allow the continent’s largest demographic, the young generation to learn, work and prosper.


In India, TRAI releases Consultation Paper to review Code of Practice for Metering and Billing in the context of new Telecom Worldwide ecosystem

France has issued Decree n ° 2020-1102 of August 31, 2020 creating a service called “Pole of expertise in digital regulation”


Japan and India have agreed to cooperate to help developing countries build digital platforms to help governments make their services available online.

Participants attending a virtual session of the African World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Implementation Meeting on COVID-19 urged African leaders to think digital always, especially now as the continent continues to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus crisis.


The International Standards Organization expert committee on blockchain published its first standards and comments to support the understanding of blockchain and digital ledger technologies. 


The 2020 Digital Regulation Handbook has been released providing practical guidance for policy makers and regulators to harness the benefits of the Digital Economy

The Germany Federal Cartel Office issued its annual report for 2019  providing concise overview of facts and figures as well as the most important cases in 2019 and the first months of 2020.

Ecuador’s tax agency issued new rules for the withholding, filing, and payment of value-added tax (VAT) on digital services provided by non residents to Ecuador residents or permanent establishments.

The Korean National Tax Service announced that it is examining the transfer pricing practices of 21 multinationals suspected of transferring large amounts of income earned in Korea to foreign countries without due tax payment.

WIPO has released the 2020 edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) presenting the latest global innovation trends and the annual innovation ranking of 131 economies.


At a high-level virtual meeting on “Generation Unlimited: Connecting Half the World to Opportunities” Government leaders, business executives and heads of United Nations organizations and multilateral agencies renewed their commitment to connect every school and community to the internet by 2030.


Special police units have raided 50 homes across Germany on child sexual abuse investigation. Authorities say as many as 30,000 suspects may be involved.


The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the International Health Regulations (IHR) Strengthening Project of Public Health England (PHE) launched a new web-based tool, AVoHC Net, to facilitate rapid deployment and better administration of a standby workforce for public health emergencies across Africa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the launch of the Bluetooth-enabled mobile application, COVID Alert South Africa, which will strengthen South Africa’s contact tracing efforts.


ITU published ITUGSR-20 Best Practice Guidelines,  a roadmap for the digital ecosystem to set foundation for digital transformation in times of crisis.

Raha Liquid Telecom was fined 11.8 billion shillings by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) for violation of the Communications Act.


Austria plans to oblige large internet platforms like Facebook and Google to delete illegal content within days and impose fines of up to 10 million euros (A$16.3 million) in case of non-compliance, the government said.

US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been urged by a group representing major internet companies including Facebook Inc, Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to reject a Trump administration bid to narrow the ability of social media companies to remove objectionable content.


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced the Pandemic Internet Access Program Pilot for ICANN69, following the ICANN Board’s resolution in support of the pilot program.


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