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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W44A20): USA cyber diplomacy activities ; Big techs on liability cover to tackle illegal content; ENISA launched online toolkit; EDPS issued strategic doc amid ‘Schrems II’ Judgement; Internet Shutdown in Guinea & Tanzania; US FCC vote to maintain repeal of net neutrality rules…

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W44A20): USA cyber diplomacy activities ; Big techs on liability cover to tackle illegal content; ENISA launched online toolkit; EDPS issued strategic doc amid ‘Schrems II’ Judgement; Internet Shutdown in Guinea & Tanzania; US FCC vote to maintain repeal of net neutrality rules…

CYBERGEOPOLITICS – CYBER DIPLOMACY – CYBER POLITICS

The Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia made a joint declaration with the United States on 5G security, while Kosovo signed a memorandum of understanding.

U.S. Ambassador in Slovenia has discussed with Slovenian Defense Minister on “progress made on Slovenia’s state-of-the-art Cyber Range”.

The U.S.A has asked the Egyptian government to ban China’s involvement in the deployment of a 5G network.

India and the United States has signed a basic exchange and cooperation agreement for geospatial cooperation.

FBI Director and Assistant Attorney General for National Security announced an indictment of eight Chinese operatives.

The Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflicts released statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference Through Digital Means.

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has Sanctionned Russian Government Research Institution “Connected to the Triton Malware”.

The UK has announced it will enforce new sanctions against Russia for cyber attack on German Parliament.

Finland has published its positions on public international law in cyberspace

CYBERSECURITY

ENISA has launched a new online toolkit to help establish, run and evaluate Information Sharing.

Ukraine, Cabinet has approved technical regulations for cryptographic information security.

Norway is aiming to implement “a more robust plan to scale up its IT security infrastructure”.

The Australian Digital Health Agency published steps for organisations to prevent phishing and ransomware attacks. 

DATA PROTECTION

Europe, the European Data Protection Supervisor issued a strategic document aiming to monitor compliance of Organisations with the “Schrems II” Judgement.

The Court of Justice has received a request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof in Germany on the case Facebook Ireland Ltd. v Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände – Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V.

The European Banking Federation, with other industry associations representing Payment Service Providers, have sent a joint industry letter to the Europea Data Protection Board (EDPB) on the interplay of the Second Payment Services Directive and the GDPR.

Gibraltar, The Regulatory Authority published  guidance on collecting personal details of customers and visitors for contact tracing during the Coronavirus pandemic. Also, it published guidance on video conferencing and the General Data Protection Regulation.

Denmark, the Data protection authority issued statement on personal data transmission over unencrypted internet connections.

France, CNIL issued guidance on the erasure of personal data of deceased persons.

Turkey, the Personal Data Protection Authority issued statement on data transfers abroad

Norway, Data protection authority has fined Østfold Hospital NOK 750,000 for failure to adequately secure patient data.

UK, ICO has fined Marriott International Inc £18.4million for failing to keep customers’ personal data secure

Italy, The Italian data protection authority fined polyclinic €20,000 for disclosing medical online reports

Rwanda, The Office of the Prime Minister approved  a Draft law of data protection and privacy.

Philippines, The National Privacy Commission released NPC Advisory No. 2020-03 on personal data collected for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes.

New Zealand, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner released a statement on the new privacy principle regarding the disclosure of personal information.

Australia, government is conducting a review of the Privacy Act 1988.

CONTENT

YouTube will add an elections results label to search queries and videos on USA Election Day.

Twitter launched a feature on its platform that seeks to debunk misinformation on voting.

Twitter CEO and Facebook CEO defended Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.

Big technology platforms are calling on the European Union to design new rules for removing hate speech and other illegal or harmful content.

The European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) has called for legal safeguard for ability to tackle illegal content online within the Digital Services Act.

USA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Vietnam Veterans of America released a series of public-awareness products to help veterans and other Americans identify disinformation and prevent its spread.

The Justice Department is oncerned that Facebook and Twitter restricted access to New York Post.

CYBERSECURITY

France, The Senate adopted the bill for the implementation of a system for cybersecurity certification of public digital platforms.

Nicaragua, unicameral legislature has approved The Special Cyber Crimes Law.

Germany, the Federal Network Agency released interim results following a consultation with business customers of digital platforms.

Australia, the Cyber Security Centre published guidance on business email compromise scams for organisations.

The U.S. Department of Justice released the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act 2020 Report to Congress.

ACCESS

Tanzania has blocked social media applications ahead of election..

Internet had been disrupted in Guinea ahead of presidential election result announcement

At the European Parliament’s “Ideas for a new world” dialogue, Sir Tim Berners-Lee makes the case for recognising internet access as a human right

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The Economic Commission for Africa’s Director for the Africa Statistics Centre has stressed the importance of trusted data for SDG’s implementation in Africa.

Estonia, Germany, the ITU and the Digital Impact Alliance agreed to cooperate to speed up digital transformation and digitalization of governmental services for the achievement of SDGs.

The Egyptian President has urged Prime Minister and ICT Minister to immediately begin the “Digital Egypt” initiative

ITU has organised its Regional Forum for Europe on 5G Strategies, Policies and Implementation.

COMPETITION

Italia, The Competition Authority had started an investigations into Alphabet Inc., Google LLC, and Google Italy S.r.l. for an alleged Treaty violation.

CHILD ONLINE PORTECTION

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner released a statement reaffirming children’s right to privacy.

CLOUD COMPUTING

China, the National Financial Standardization Technical Committee announced that the People’s Bank of China has released three financial industry standards on cloud computing.

ENCRYPTION

Germany, the government agreed to allow secret services to listen in on conversations via encrypted messaging services.

NET NEUTRALITY

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to maintain its 2017 repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules.

E-COMMERCE

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance published report urging WTO to Extend Moratorium on Customs Duties for Digital Trade.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Canada, OPC has issued findings report on Cadillac Fairview’s use of facial recognition technology without consent

COMPETITION

France’s antitrust regulator has received a complaint from advertising companies and publishers on Apple’s upcoming privacy enhancements.

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