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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W39A20): Ethiopia-Egypt Cyberwar; Estonia, Cyprus ratify Convention 108+; Brazil data law enforcement; WHO & UN agencies on disinformation; Facebook warns to leave Europe; Cambridge Analytica former boss banned; Europe Committee on AI…

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W39A20): Ethiopia-Egypt Cyberwar; Estonia, Cyprus ratify Convention 108+; Brazil data law enforcement; WHO & UN agencies on disinformation; Facebook warns to leave Europe; Cambridge Analytica former boss banned; Europe Committee on AI…

CYBERGEOPOLITICS

Cyber defence experts in North Macedonia have been training to improve the capacity of their country to respond to cyber threats.

The conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has started in cyberspace.

TikTok is urging a federal court to block US President Donald Trump from banning the video app, arguing the move is motivated by election politics rather than legitimate national security concerns.

CYBERSECURITY

New Zealand has been invited by the Council of Europe to accede to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime

The European Union is seeking to give itself new powers to penalise big tech firms, EU commissioner Thierry Breton has told the Financial Times.

US Department of Jutice joined Europol to announce the results of Operation DisrupTor, a coordinated international effort to disrupt opioid trafficking on the Darknet.

Vietnam, the Ministry of Information and Communications has launched the “Review and remove malware nationwide in 2020” campaign to enhance the country’s network security.

Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electricity Reliability Corporation published a report on cyber planning for response and recovery that outlines best practices for the electric utility industry.

DATA PROTECTION – PRIVACY

Facebook warns that it may quit Europe if the Irish data protection commissioner enforces a ban on sharing data with US, after the European court of justice ruled that there were insufficient safeguards against snooping by US intelligence agencies.

Alexander Nix, the former boss of Cambridge Analytica, has been banned from serving as a company director for seven years over “potentially unethical” behaviour linked to his position at the centre of a global scandal.

The Council of Europe announced that Estonia and Cyprus had become respectively the seventh and eighth countries to ratify the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data: Convention 108+.

In Brazil, law No. 13.709 of 14 August 2018, General Personal Data Protection Law (as amended by Law No. 13.853 of 8 July 2019) entered into force on 18 September 2020.

The Public Ministry of Federal Districts and Territories announced it had its first civil action under Law No. 13.709 of 14 August 2018, General Personal Data Protection Law (as amended by Law No. 13.853 of 8 July 2019) against Infortexto LTDA for allegedly selling personal information without consent.

Deputy Danilo Cabral introduced Bill 4695/2020 seeking to protect the personal information of students when using distance learning platforms.

India, the Joint Parliamentary Committee, set up to review the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, has filed a motion to extend the presentation of its findings and report to the winter session of Parliament.

The Spanish data protection authority published a resolution in proceedings PS/00079/2020, fining GLP Instalaciones 86, SL €60,000 for violating Article 6(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation. It also issued a decision in proceedings PS/00041/2020, fining Sangil Y Garcia SL €1,800 for violating Article 21(1) of Law 34/2002 of July 11 on Services of the Information Society and Electronic Commerce

U.S. Government Accountability Office published recommendations to Department of Housing and Urban Development on its data collection and sharing practices.

The Swiss Federal Assembly, announced the adoption of revised version of the 28-year-old Federal Act on Data Protection 1992.

Australia, the Office of the National Data Commissioner has released an exposure draft of the Data Availability and Transparency Bill for public comment.

The Peruvian data protection authority fines bank for cyber attack resulting in unauthorised access to customer data.

CONTENT

India, the Minister of States for Electronics and Information Technology released a statement addressing the regulation of, and access to social media platforms.

Facebook has removed two separate networks originated in China and Philippines for violating its policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior. However, Philippine police and military organizations have denied any involvement in the coordinated inauthentic network Facebook took down.

The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based information and prevent the spread of false information while respecting freedom of expression. 

DIGITAL FINANCE

Ethiopia calls for Africa to promote digital financial services to boost women’s economic opportunities.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

Globex Telecom and Associates Will Pay $2.1 Million, Settling FTC’s First Consumer Protection Case Against a VoIP Service Provider.

UK, The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Digital Growth Experts Limited (DGEL) £60,000 for sending thousands of nuisance marketing texts at the height of the pandemic.

DATA GOVERNANCE

The Quebec Commission on Access to Information announced that licence holders of bars are legally required to keep and maintain a register of their customers.

DIGITAL HEALTH

UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office published a statement from the Information Commissioner on the launch of the National Health Service COVID-19 app.

NET NEUTRALITY

India, Telecom Regulatory Authority released Recommendations on Traffic Management Practices and Multi-Stakeholder Body for Net Neutrality.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The European Commission has published a report by an independent group of experts on Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs).

The European Parliament announced that the new Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age had been constituted and had held its first meeting.

MORE NEWS

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today launched WIPO Lex-Judgments, a new database providing free-of-charge access to leading judicial decisions related to IP law from around the world

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