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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W47A20): Cybersecurity initiatives to better protect financial sector | US Senate passed IoT Cybersecurity Act | Digital travel credential endorsed by ICAO/TAG | Digital identity initiatives in Africa | EC call for ePrivacy Directive suspension to protect children online | Facebook, twitter CEOs testified on misinformation | Comments on the draft 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime..

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W47A20): Cybersecurity initiatives to better protect financial sector | US Senate passed IoT Cybersecurity Act | Digital travel credential endorsed by ICAO/TAG | Digital identity initiatives in Africa | EC call for  ePrivacy Directive suspension to protect children online | Facebook, twitter CEOs testified on misinformation | Comments on the draft 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime..


Moscow rejected claims by Microsoft that Russia was behind cyber attacks on companies researching coronavirus vaccines and treatments.

Brazil, Federal Police identified Portugal as the origin of a cyberattack on the computer system of the Brazilian Supreme Electoral Court.


Kenya,  President Uhuru Kenyatta announced an investment of $2.3 million for the construction of a virtual library, an online expansion of the Kenya National Library.

European Court of Auditors has published a special report on the European Commission’s EU merger control and antitrust proceedings

The European Council adopted a set of conclusions on the role of regulatory sandboxes and experimentation clauses for better regulation framework.


Nigeria, The Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative have filed an action at the Federal High Court against the Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment

Congo rolls out mobile platform to keep citizens safe and informed on COVID-19

Europe, The European Consumer Organisations announced that 42 consumer and digital rights groups issued a statement calling for digital trade negotiations at the World Trade Organisation to address the topic of cross-border data flows.

The European Data Protection Supervisor issued Preliminary Opinion 8/2020 on the European Health Data Space .

Belgium, Data Protection Authority has published a toolbox for data protection officers, data controllers and processors.

UK, ICO has fined Ticketmaster UK Limited £1.25 million for failing to protect customers’ payment details.

Spain, Data protection authority issued guidance on technologies and data protection for public administration.

France, the Conseil d’Etat published its advisory opinion on the use by public authorities of aerial devices for the capturing of images.-

Malta, Noyb filed a complaint against C-Planet IT Solutions for the leaked database of voter’s data

Asia, South Kora, the Personal Information Protection Commission will operate a pseudonymised information support hub to  provide advice, guidance for the safe handling of pseudonymised of data. It also announced the commencement of public consultation on the standards to technical measures for personal information controllers.

Singapore, the Personal Data Protection Commission released its updated guide on developing a data protection management program.

The Abu Dhabi Global Market has published Consultation Paper No. 6 of 2020 introducing the New Data Protection Regulatory Framework

Brazil, Supreme Court finds unlawful sharing of telecommunications data with public statistical institute.- The Protection and Consumer Defence Foundation of the State of São Paulo has called on Enel Distribuição São Paulo to provide information on a data breach of customers’ registration data.

New Zealand, The Office of the Privacy Commissioner released a blog post addressing the use of model contract clauses under the new information privacy principle .- The Court of Appeal issued its judgment in Kim Dotcom v. Attorney-General [2020] NZCA 551.

USA, The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed an amicus curiae brief requesting that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in the case of Massachusetts Attorney General v. Facebook SJC-12946, requires Facebook, Inc. to disclose information about third-party apps that violated user privacy protections.

Canada, Bill C-11 for the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 was introduced to the House of Commons.


A public-private partnership led by the Carnegie Endowment, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, has developed a blueprint for an international strategy to better protect the global financial system against cyber threats.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas released a joint statement of intent in relation to data connectivity in financial services.

The central banks of the Philippines and Singapore agreed to address cybersecurity and other risks with the increasing use of technology to supply financial services amid the global health pandemic.

Europe, The Council of Europe announced that its Cybercrime Convention Committee is inviting comments on the draft 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime

The Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe has published its activity report for the period October 2019-September 2020.

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity published its report outlining cybersecurity challenges in the European railway sector

Switzerland, the Federal Council’s Cyber Committee adopted a report on the advancement of the 2018-2022 national strategy for the protection of against cyber risks.

Taiwan, the Overseas Community Affairs  has launched its financial cybersecurity action plan until 2024

United States, the New York State Department of Financial Services announced its partnership with Global Cyber Alliance to bring a free cybersecurity toolkit to small businesses.

Canada, Centre for Cyber Security released its National Cyber Threat Assessment 2020.


International Civil Aviation Organization announced that specifications for the first digital travel credential (DTC) type have been endorsed by the ICAO Technical Advisory Group for the Traveller Identification Programme (TAG/TRIP)

NATO launches in-house biometrics system for secure data-sharing

UNECA, Senior Advisor of the Digital Center of Excellence fears that the lack of digital identity will further widen the digital divide in Africa.

Nigeria, the Federal government has approved digital identity for Internally Displaced Persons and  Centre for Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Uganda, the National Identification Registration Authority will begin process on 23 November to distribute digital ID cards

Australia, the Digital Transformation Agency launched a consultation on the development of legislation to support and expand the digital identity system


New Jersey Government awards CompuCom a Class D Electronic Waste Recycling Permit


Kenya, senators said Safaricom should be declared dominant and split into two firms

Noyb files complaints with AEPD and the Berlin Commissioner against Apple’s IDFA tracking code..

Sweden’s decision to ban China’s Huawei from its 5G telecoms networks restricts free competition and trade, Ericsson’s CEO said  


ITU and Norway will signed partnership to strengthen digital skills training for underserved communities in Ghana


US House Representative (H.R.1668) bill for the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 passed, on 17 November 2020, in the Senate.

Australia, Commonwealth government releases Internet of Things (IoT) Security Code of Practice


Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released key recommendations for regulating artificial intelligence after public consultation launched earlier this year.

USA, The White House released a memorandum for Executive Departments and Agencies titled, ‘Guidance for Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Applications”.


United States’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in collaboration with the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and the Public Security arrested 113 individuals allegedly involved in the online sharing of CSAM

The European Commission is calling to suspend part of a new privacy directive for five years after determining it could prevent the voluntary reporting of online images of child abuse


Bangladesh, police has launched an all-female unit on abuse and harassment targeting women


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified the Senate Judiciary Committee about online misinformation and the 2020 election

UK, The Labour party in the has called for immediate laws to stamp out dangerous anti-vaccine content online.


UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) released: “The State of Workplace Disability Inclusion & Digital Accessibility


The City of Cartagena has launched a pilot project to recycle electrical waste and electronic equipment.


USA, President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Mignon Clyburn to his telecoms transition team.


Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd to help Mozambique to further develop its ICT industry.

Madagascar, government has reduced duty on telecommunications from 10% to 8% in the 2021 finance bill.

Dominican Republic,  government cancelled an agreement with Huawei

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