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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W43A20): UN launches misinformation campaign|Russia’s GRU military agency cyberattacks’ accusations|Global Privacy Assembly resolutions|US v/ China on Brazil 5G| African Trade Observatory dashboard| ENISA threat landscape report| US DOJ filed antitrust lawsuit v/ Google| CoE and EP on Artificial Intelligence| EDPB Board 40th plenary session..

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W43A20): UN launches misinformation campaign|Russia’s GRU military agency cyberattacks’ accusations|Global Privacy Assembly resolutions|US v/ China on Brazil 5G| African Trade Observatory dashboard| ENISA threat landscape report| US DOJ filed antitrust lawsuit v/ Google| CoE and EP on Artificial Intelligence| EDPB Board 40th plenary session..

CYBERGEOPOLITCS

Japan said it would take  appropriate measure to ensure next year’s Tokyo Olympics are not affected by cyberattacks following UK’s accusation on Russian GRU military intelligence of conducting cyber campaigns to sabotage Tokyo Olympics. Besides, the U.S. Department of Justice announced charges against six members of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency for their alleged role in several major cyberattacks.

The US intelligence officials has reportedly identified Russia and Iran as ‘two foreign actors’ taken actions to interfere in the presidential election.

The US Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s released white paper on supply chain security “seeing China as the principal threat”.

The United States is reportedly offering to finance purchases by Brazilian telecom companies of equipment from its competitors aiming to keep China’s Huawei Technologies out of Brazil’s 5G market

President Trump signed the 2020 National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies.

Ukraine has called on the international community to continue pressure on the Russian Federation for violations in cyberspace.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said on Monday it has lifted the ban on TikTok

Sweden banned the use of telecom equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE in its 5G.

Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden has been granted permanent residency in Russia, his lawyer said.

DIGITAL POLITICS – DIGITAL DIPLOMACY

ITU is calling member states, industry members, academia, UN sister agencies, partners and all stakeholders, to support its project: “protecting the planet with standards”  

The African Trade Observatory has begun testing the online dashboard “to give real-time trade statistics to African users to boost the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

African Union and Estonia will organize on 10-13 December a cross-continental hackathon “EU-Africa: The Post Crisis Journey” “seeking innovative solutions to socio-economic problems in Africa”.

Nigeria, The Federal Executive Council approved N1.6billion for the establishment of e-Government Procurement Platform to address corrupt practices.

Zimbabwe is designing a new roadmap for the ICT sector called “SMART Zimbabwe 2030” for the next ten years.

CYBERSECURITY

the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity has published the 8th annual ENISA Threat Landscape (ETL) 2020 report, “identifying and evaluating the top cyber threats for the period January 2019-April 2020”.

The Financial Stability Board published a toolkit of effective practices for financial institutions’ cyber incident response and recovery.

PCI Security Standards Council and the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Join Forces to highlight increasing threat.

The American Bankers Association announced  that they sent a letter to the U.S. Congress urging them to pass the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recommendations to improve intelligence information sharing.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand launched a consultation on draft cyber resilience guidance for regulated entities.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre released guidance on defending against the malicious use of the Tor network.

The Supreme Court of India issued notices to the Reserve Bank of India, Google LLC, Amazon.com, Inc., WhatsApp Inc., and Facebook, Inc. on a petition “seeking to disallow the tech companies from operating payment platforms using the Unified Payments Interface”.

DATA PROTECTION

The Global Privacy Assembly published its adopted resolutions following its annual GPA meeting

UK, the Office of Communications published a guide to the new requirements for video-sharing platforms.

The Information Commissioner’s Office fined British Airways £20m for a data breach which affected more than 400,000 customers.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport published guidance for organisations on data safety with the EU/EEA and other adequate countries after the end of the transition period.

France, the government announced that the StopCovid app has been replaced by the TousAntiCovid app for contact tracing in the context of the COVID-19.

Lithuania, Data protection authority fined the Vilnius City Municipality Administration 15,000 euros for improperly processing the personal data of an adopted child’s parents.

Noyb has filed a GDPR complaint against Central and Eastern Europe’s Low Cost Airline, Wizz Air.

Romania, the National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing issued two fines for EU General Data Protection Regulation violations.

Spain, the Data protection authority announced its decision fining Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. €30,000 for violating Law No. 34/2002 on Information Society Services and Electronic Commerce. Also, it released a tool for the notification of data breaches.

Brazil, the Court of Justice of the Federal District and Territories announced that it had ordered Sidnei Sassi to stop the release of personal data following a complaint submitted by the Public Ministry of Federal Districts and Territories.

New Zealand, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner launched NotifyUs, a tool for privacy breach notification for Organisations.

Philippines, National Privacy Commission released guidance for processing personal data for loan-related transactions.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The Presidency of the Council of Europe issued presidency conclusions on the charter of fundamental rights in the context of artificial intelligence and digital change.

The Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe had adopted a resolution and  recommendations “calling for the adoption of a legally binding instrument for democratic governance of artificial intelligence”.

The European Parliament adopted proposals regarding the regulation of artificial intelligence across the EU.

The Global Privacy Assembly published its adopted resolutions on facial recognition technology and resolutions on accountability in the development of Artificial Intelligence

US Food and Drug Administration Proposes New Regulatory Framework for Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Algorithm.

CONSUMER PROTECTIONCOMPETITION

The EDPB Board in its 40th plenary session adopted a final version of the Guidelines on Data Protection by Design & Default, a letter on Copyright directive and decided to set up a Coordinated Enforcement Framework.

UK, the Competition and Markets Authority announced Instagram’s actions to tackle hidden advertising following investigation.

US,  Department of Justice filed along with 11 States files a lawsuit against Google.

CONTENT

United Nations Secretary General launched the #PledgetoPause campaign to help combat the impact of misinformation. 

4A’s Advertiser Protection Bureau released White Paper in a global initiative to tackle misinformation for brand safety.

Mozilla sent a letter to Facebook and Twitter demanding they “immediately turn off two features that can amplify disinformation”

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has established a rumor control page for 2020 election security.

TikTok ban content promoting so-called “gay conversion therapy”,

CHILD ONLINE PROTECTION

Ireland, the Data Protection Commission announced two inquiries into Facebook Ireland Limited’s processing of children’s data on Instagram.

China, Congress has approved new legislation to protect children offline and online.

Germany, government approved a draft bill imposing harsher jail terms for child abuse and the distribution of children images.

Switzerland, the Draft for a Federal Law on the Protection of Minors in the Film and Video Game Sectors was published in the Federal Gazette.

DATA GOVERNANCE

The Securities and Exchange Board of India announced the creation of a Market Data Advisory Committee.

E-WASTE

The International Telecommunication Union and the WEEE Forum released document titled ‘Internet Waste’ to outreach more on waste from internet and telecom infrastructure.

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