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Guidelines for assessing ISPs’ security measures in the context of net neutrality

According to the EU’s net neutrality regulation, called the Open Internet Regulation, which came into force in 2016, internet providers should treat all internet traffic to and from their customers equally. Security measures, like blocking traffic on certain ports, are only allowed under specific circumstances. One of these circumstances refers to the application of security measures that are necessary to protect the integrity or security of networks, services using the networks, or end-user equipment. The … More

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EU Governments Agree To Tougher Stance On E-evidence

EU governments agreed on Friday to toughen up draft rules allowing law enforcement authorities to get electronic evidence directly from tech companies such as Facebook and Google stored in the cloud in another European country. From a report: The move underlines the growing trend in Europe to rein in tech giants whether on the regulatory front or the antitrust front. The e-evidence proposal also came in the wake of recent deadly terrorist attacks in Europe, pressure on tech companies to do more to cooperate with police investigations and people's growing tendency to store and share information on WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, Skype, Instagram and Telegram. The European Commission, the EU executive, came up with the draft legislation in April, which includes a 10-day deadline for companies to respond to police requests or 6 hours in emergency cases, and fines up to 2 percent of a company's global turnover for not complying with such orders. The proposal covers telecoms services providers, online marketplaces and internet infrastructure services providers and applies to subscriber data and other data on access, transactional and content.

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Measuring privacy operations: Use of technology on the rise

Critical privacy program activities such as creating data inventories, conducting data protection impact assessments (DPIA), and managing data subject access rights requests (DSAR) are now well established in large and small organizations in both Europe and the United States, according to TrustArc and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). “Among our thousands of members, we know that privacy teams are now reporting on a regular basis to company leadership, and consequently they need to … More

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Sharp rise in email and social media hacking in the UK

Police forces across the UK are coming under increasing pressure to launch criminal investigations into incidents of social media and computer hacking, according to a new report from the Parliament Street think tank. The news comes as senior Police Chiefs have warned that budget cuts and limited resources are leading to an increase in violent crime across the country. The new research paper, reveals that 14 police forces have launched a total of 2,547 investigations … More

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GDPR “helps transparency” and “honesty”: Brendan Eich, Rafal Szymanksi and Sam Kim on Digital Advertising in 2018

When thinking of industries which could potentially benefit from decentralization and distributed ledger technology, digital advertising and marketing may not be the first to come to mind. When looking at a list created for Forbes by Bernard Marr entitled ‘Here Are 10 Industries Blockchain Is Likely To Disrupt’ published July 2018, for example, these sectors […]

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Keeping data swamps clean for ongoing GDPR compliance

The increased affordability and accessibility of data storage over recent years can be both a benefit and a challenge for businesses. While the ability to stockpile huge volumes and varieties of data can deliver previously unattainable intelligence and insight, it can also result in ‘data sprawl’, with businesses unclear of exactly what information is being stored, where it’s being held, and how it’s being accessed. The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in … More

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EU Aims To Be ‘Climate Neutral’ By 2050

AmiMoJo writes: The European Union says it is aiming to become the first major economy to go 'climate neutral' by 2050. Under the plan, emissions of greenhouse gases after that date would have to be offset by planting trees or by burying them underground. Scientists say that net-zero emissions by 2050 are needed to have a fighting chance of keeping global temperatures under 1.5C this century. The EU says the move will also cut premature air pollution deaths by 40%. The EU says that this can be done with existing technologies such as solar and wind energy which would have to be ramped up to provide 80% of electricity. Energy efficiency measures such as home insulation would also need to be boosted to reduce energy consumption by half by the middle of the century.

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GDPR’s impact: The first six months

GDPR is now six months old – it’s time to take an assessment of the regulation’s impact so far. At first blush it would appear very little has changed. There are no well-publicized actions being taken against offenders. No large fines levied. So does this mean its yet another regulation that will be ignored? Actually nothing could be farther from the truth. The day GDPR came into law complaints were filed by data subjects against … More

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What’s keeping Europe’s top infosec pros awake at night?

As the world adapts to GDPR and puts more attention on personal privacy and security, Europe’s top information security professionals still have doubts about the industry’s ability to protect critical infrastructure, corporate networks, and personal information. Black Hat Europe’s new research report entitled, Europe’s Cybersecurity Challenges, details the thoughts that are keeping Europe’s top information security professionals awake at night. The report includes new insights directly from more than 130 survey respondents and spans topics … More

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