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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W46A20): Platforms face antitrust investigation; Online media content regulation; IGF 2020 session reports, outputs; ICANN69 Policy Outcomes Report; child abuse online; East Africa on digital tax; UN women on trafficking in digital era..

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W46A20): Platforms face antitrust investigation; Online media content regulation; IGF 2020 session reports, outputs; ICANN69 Policy Outcomes Report; child abuse online; East Africa on digital tax; UN women on trafficking in digital era..


Huawei is taking the Swedish telecoms regulator to court over its ban on operators from using its equipment in 5G networks.

Top U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs has told associates he expects to be fired by the White House


The European Commission launched a public consultation on its draft Implementing Decision on Standard Contractual Clauses

The Court of Justice of the European Union issued its judgment in Orange România SA v. Autoritatea Naţională de Supraveghere a Prelucrării Datelor cu Caracter Personal  addressing a dispute between a telecommunication services provider and the Romanian National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing

The European Data Protection Board has issued its guidance following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s Schrems II decision, and adopted its first dispute resolution decision on the basis of Article 65 of GDPR. EDPB also adopted  recommendations on measures that supplement transfer tools to ensure compliance with the EU level of protection of personal data and recommendations on the European Essential Guarantees for surveillance measures

The European Data Protection Supervisor published its newsletter covering data transfers in the context of the Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems 

European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association and GSMA Europe issued a joint statement asking EU member states to reject the latest ePrivacy Regulation proposal from the Council of the European Union.

The Government of Norway announced the entry into force of Chapters 7 and 8 of the Prop. 80 L (2019–2020) on electronic communications metadata.

The Danish Data Protection Authority issued its accreditation requirements for a code of conduct monitoring body under the General Data Protection Regulation

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Zoom over allegations the video-conferencing platform did not offer the level of security it had previously advertised.

The Privacy Protection Authority published a report on privacy in the use of widgets for the transfer of funds and payments

Ecuador, the International Relations Commission approved the report for the first debate of the draft Organic Law on Protection of Personal Data

The Financial Stability Board issued a discussion paper for public consultation on Regulatory and Supervisory Issues Relating to Outsourcing and Third-Party Relationships

US, Public Citizen issued a data protection policy blueprint for the Biden administration.


Singapore, the Monetary Authority released recommendations provided by its Cyber Security Advisory Panel on managing cyber risks. It also launched a consultation on its proposed notice regarding the types of information required for non-face-to-face identity verification

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity announced the publication of the Internet of Things security guidelines


India’s antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its app store to promote its payments service in the world’s second largest internet market.

The European Commission has informed Amazon of its preliminary view that it has breached EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in online retail markets.

China, the country’s antitrust watchdogs unveiled draft rules singling out “internet platforms” for potential monopolistic behaviour.

Canada, The CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer has taken a number of enforcement actions, including issuing over $100,000 in penalties, against several real estate, investment and mortgage agents and brokerages.


Australia, Federal Police has uncovered a large-scale network of offenders sharing, creating and distributing child sexual abuse material online

Kenya, the Ministry of Education has launched the first children and facilitators manuals for training on online safety and security

EDPS publishes opinion on Commission’s proposal for ePrivacy Directive derogations for combatting child sexual abuse online

Curaçao launches cyber bullying toolkit for schools


South Korea, Local journalists, citizens and professionals launched a joint fact-checking platform to fight disinformation and misinformation.

Spain; government is planning to constantly monitor the internet in search of fake news stories, and will give a “political response” to such campaigns.

India, government has ordered that all online news, social media and video streaming platforms are to be subject to state regulation, raising fears of increased censorship of digital media.

Austria, Supreme Court has now delivered its final judgment in the Glawischnig-Piesczek case asking Facebook to remove the defamatory comment and any comments that are identical or equivalent in meaning worldwide.


Digital rights campaigners criticized a proposal by European Union governments that calls for communications companies to provide authorities with access to encrypted messages.


Mali, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, announced the creation of the National Digital Council.


The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament had reached a provisional political agreement on a revised regulation on cyber-surveillance technology


East Africa, tax authorities agreed to develop a joint strategy for taxation of the digital economy.


Malawi, Telekom Networks (TNM) Plc has partnered with the Government of Malawi to provide free wireless Internet across the country.


The UN women’s rights committee called on governments to eliminate trafficking in women and girls.

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