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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W45A20): UN Rapporteur on Right to Privacy Report| ITU launched Child Protection Guidelines in Africa| No foreign interference in US presidential, US CISA said| WhatsApp begins payment service in India| California passed Proposition 24 of Privacy Rights Act| Snowden applying for Russian citizenship..

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W45A20): UN Rapporteur on Right to Privacy Report| ITU launched Child Protection Guidelines in Africa| No foreign interference in US presidential, US CISA said| WhatsApp begins payment service in India| California passed Proposition 24 of Privacy Rights Act| Snowden applying for Russian citizenship..


The United States announced the sentencing of a Russian on theft and trading of personal and financial information.

Huawei has said that Romania and Poland banning its 5G network violate EU law.

Edward Snowden said, he and his wife are applying for Russian citizenship.  

USA,  federal judge issued an injunction temporarily blocking an executive order aimed at banning TikTok.

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has announced that « it detected no evidence that foreign adversaries succeeded in preventing citizens from voting or changing vote tallies »

India and the United Kingdom signed MoU in the fields of telecommunications, specifically 5G.


United Nations, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy issued his 2020 annual report at the 75th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations

Russia, the Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications “will provide legal support to organisations in the development of digital services to ensure the protection of personal data”. – State Parliament announced amendments to personal data law for biometric data and criminal investigations

USA, The California Proposition 24, amending the California Consumer Privacy Act has been approved with a 56% majority. – The Washington State Attorney General released the fifth annual Data Breach Report.

Europe, the Presidency of the Council of EU released its revised text of the proposed Regulation concerning the Respect for Private Life and the Protection of Personal Data in Electronic Communications and Repealing Directive 2002/58/EC. -The European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs issued its Draft Opinion for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

UK, Privacy Campaigners have taken ICO to court over the regulator’s failure to stop unlawful practices by the Digital Advertising Technology industry. – The Information Commissioner’s Office published guidance on criminal offence data

Sweden, Data protection authority has initiated a number of investigations on complaints under the General Data Protection Regulation. – Insurance company Folksam revealed that data on 1 million customers was inadvertently shared with third-parties.

Spain, Data protection authority approved the Code of Conduct for Data Processing in Advertising Activity presented by the Association for the Self-regulation of Commercial Communication .

Ireland, Dublin Circuit Court had confirmed the DPC’s decision to fine Tusla Child and Family Agency €75,000

France, CNIL issued a statement on the fines imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office on Marriott International Inc. and British Airways Plc.

Singapore has updated its Personal Data Protection Act on use of consumer personal information without consent.-The Ministry of Communications and Information has passed the proposed amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act (No. 26 of 2012) and the Spam Control Act 2007.

The Colombian data protection authority has fined Banco de Bogotá COP 351M on use of personal data

Canada, The Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta released a self-assessment tool on securing personal information.

Australia, The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security released its review of Australia’s mandatory data retention regime 

Israel, The Privacy Protection Authority published a report on the results of an investigation into organisations which hold and process personal information for other organisations


The European Commission “has sent reasoned opinions to Belgium, Hungary, and Romania regarding their failure to notify the Commission with information related to the identification of operators of essential services under the Directive on Security Network and Information Systems.”

The European Payments Council has published the updated version 1.2 of the 2019 payment rulebooks.

UK, The Information Commissioner’s Office released a blog post providing an update on the latest results from its regulatory sandbox tackling financial crime.

USA, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released  a paper on practices to help large banks increase operational security resilience.

India, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology released its draft policy framework on the establishment of data centres located within India

Bahamas, the government has signed a partnership agreement with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on national cybersecurity project.


Turkey has fined one million euro digital media giants including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope and TikTok

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube remained on alert on online misinformation flowing amid elections

Lithuania, Communications Regulatory Authority has received 208 reports of illegal and harmful online content.


WhatsApp in partnership with the National Payments Corporation launched money transfer operation in tits platform using the Unified Payment Interface (UPI)


The African Development Bank has signed a grant agreement with the Ministry of ICT and Innovation in Rwanda to support the Rwanda Coding Academy


The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has published a new report, considerations for Naming Internationalized Email Mailboxes


The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block Visa’s acquisition of Plaid.


Kenya, government announced that e-visa will be available from January 1, 2021.


Switzerland, Federal Council has approved Digital Foreign Policy Strategy 2021–2024.

Germany, Federal Financial Supervisory Authority Launches “public consultation on revised circular on risk management for banks, addresses IT systems and outsourcing


Japan, The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry released its Internet of Things Security and Safety Framework


Portland, Maine has voted to ban facial recognition

The Freedom Online Coalition has issued a joint statement on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights


The International Organisation for Standardisation has released standards and technical reports on Big Data


ITU launched Child Online Protection Guidelines in Africa


Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt, and Etisalat Misr have obtained new telecom frequency spectra following the tender launched in October 2020 by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA).

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