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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W37A20): European Commission – China Digital Dialogue; Interpol reports on Child Abuse; States warns of Emotet; EAC rolled out Cargo Tracking System; China on data security; UK’s Data Strategy; Portland bans facial recognition; ITU launched Connect2Recover; Announcement (ICANN, IETF; ISOC)

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W37A20): European Commission – China Digital Dialogue; Interpol reports on Child Abuse; States warns of Emotet; EAC rolled out Cargo Tracking System; China on data security; UK’s Data Strategy; Portland bans facial recognition;  ITU launched Connect2Recover; Announcement (ICANN, IETF; ISOC)


In Georgia, The Ministry of Internal Affairs has confirmed the cyberespionage against the Lugar Lab biomedical research center in Tiblisi which took over COVID-19 research files. According to the ministry, the cyber attack was carried out by a foreign special service.

ByteDance, TikTok’s corporate parent, is reportedly in discussions with U.S. government on possible arrangements that would allow TIKTOK to avoid a full sale of its U.S. operations.


The European Commission held its first High-level Digital Dialogue with China, in preparation of the videoconference between EU and Chinese Leaders on 14 September.

The European Commission published its 2020 Strategic Foresight Report, identifying, among other things, emerging digital challenges and opportunities.


Cyber authorities from France, Japan, and New Zealand have warned that email-borne Emotet campaigns are hitting targets in their countries using malicious pdf attachments.

In Chile, Banco Estado shut down its nationwide operations due to a cyberattack that turned out to be a ransomware.

Kaspersky’s report stated that the number of DDoS attacks affecting educational resources increased by at least 350%, compared to the corresponding months in 2019


In Brasil, Deputy Allesandro Molon introduced Bill 394/2020 to the Chamber of Deputies, seeking to suspend certain provisions of Decree No. 10,474 of 26 August 2020 which approved the regulatory structure and the framework of the Brazilian data protection authority.

The European Commission’s eHealth Network adopted its European Interoperability Certificate Governance and its interoperability Architecture for contact tracing and warning apps

The French data protection authority published a guide on returning to school and disclosure of information in the context of the COVID-19.

Japan has made changes to its 2005 Protection of Personal Information Act, bringing the bill closer in line with the EU’s GDPR.

The European Data Protection Board has provided a form to welcomes comments on the Guidelines 8/2020 on the targeting of social media users. Comments should be sent by October 19th 2020 at the latest.

The Switzerland Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner has reassessed the data protection conformity of the Privacy Shield regime following his annual assessment of the Swiss-US Privacy Shield regime and recent rulings on data protection by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released the Privacy Commissioner’s Daniel Therrien, op-ed on the value of data, privacy, and the protection of privacy.

The Spanish data protection authority published a resolution in proceedings PS/00188/2020, fining the Barcelona Airport Security Guard Association €3,000 for violating Article 5(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation  

The French data protection authority issued its decision ordering the Ministry of Solidarity and Health to remedy data protection irregularities in the StopCovid app and its compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

In India, The National Institution for Transforming India launched a public consultation on the draft Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture.

In Colombia, The Colombian data protection authority issued Resolution 53593/2020 against Google LLC, ordering it to implement certain measures to compy with the Colombian data protection legal framework. 

In Argentina, the data protection authority released its guidance on temperature checks outlining that the collection of body temperature to prevent the spread of COVID-19 must take into consideration the requirements set out under Personal Data Protection Act, Act No. 25.326 of 2000.

In the USA, the Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council published its interim report to the 87th Legislature highlighting the current privacy practices in Texas including Texas’ privacy laws, cybersecurity prioritisation.


INTERPOL released report on child sexual abuse highlighting the trends and threats in the context of COVID-19 compared to pre-pandemic measures.

In California, the Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act AB 1138  was enrolled on September 8 and presented to the California Governor for signature.

In Australia, online child sexual exploitation surged under coronavirus lockdown prompting the authorities to warn that, statistically, every Australian would know an abuse.


UK launched National Data Strategy to improve data use in government, and harness power of data to boost productivity, create new businesses and jobs, improve public services.

In Germany, the Federal Ministry of the Economy and Technology announced that the Cabinet had approved the draft Competition Digitisation Law.

In China, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China announced its global initiative on data security.


The European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative (ECCRI) announced the establishment of the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative aiming to provide a European venue for academic and policy dialogue on the subject of cyber conflict.

The Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute released a blog post on the cybersecurity implications of disruptive technologies.

In France, The National Cybersecurity Agency published a guide on ransomware attacks it has authored with the Ministry of Justice.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre released its Annual Cyber Threat Report from July 2019 to June 2020.


In the UK, Swansea company CPS Advisory Ltd was fined £130,000 for making more than 100,000 unauthorised direct marketing calls to people about their pensions.

The US Federal Communications Commission released a public draft of its second report and order on the promotion of caller ID authentication to combat illegal robocalls


The government of Burkina Faso has invested CFA 3.105 billion in the construction of an Internet exchange point (IXP) and a virtual landing point (VLP) in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso.

Angola’s Minister of Higher Education and the rotating chairman of the Huawei signed an agreement aiming to develop ICT skills and improve technological infrastructure in higher education institutions in Angola.


The Portland City Council has passed two ordinances banning the use of facial recognition. One ordinance prohibits the city from using facial recognition. A second ordinance prohibits private companies from using facial recognition in public spaces.


The International Organisation for Standardisation announced a new framework on the role of information communication technology in smart cities.


ITU launched Connect2Recover to reinforce digital infrastructure in countries affected by COVID-19 to reinforce affordable and reliable connectivity in beneficiary countries


The European Commission presented the assessment of the implementation and effectiveness of the Code of Practice on Disinformation.


The European Parliament published a list of use cases for artificial intelligence stating that AI can be defined as the ability of a machine to display human-like capabilities such as reasoning, learning, planning, and creativity.


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) launched a cooperative project to enhance the digital ecosystem and build digital skills for women in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).


The East Africa Community (EAC) Secretariat have rolled out the Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System (RECDTS) which will enable the issuance of the EAC COVID-19 digital certificates that are mutually recognised by Partner States.

Insurance Europe published its response to a roadmap consultation by the European Commission on EU digital ID scheme.


Internet Society launched the Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit “to help policymakers, technologists, and Internet users analyse how decisions and trends could impact the cornerstones of the Internet.”


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced  that the ICANN org has responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Digital Services Act (DSA).


IETF announced that meeting 109 will be online starting 16 November and run through Friday, 20 November. The Hackathon will take place 9-13 November.

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