New EU Consumer Agenda

The European Commission frames a number of current and new programs as a paradigm shift in consumer rights in the EU. The European Commission (EC) has published its New Consumer Agenda that envisions nothing less than a remaking of the European Union’s (EU) approach to a number of key realms, including the digital world. If … Continue reading New EU Consumer Agenda

Further Action On TikTok Divestment and Ban But No Changes

TikTok sues to block the CFIUS order that it divest and the Trump Administration files an appeal of an injunction. Even though the Trump Administration’s efforts to implement its ban of TikTok have gone nowhere as numerous courts have enjoined the enforcement of the orders, TikTok filed suit against the related order that the company … Continue reading Further Action On TikTok Divestment and Ban But No Changes

“Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election” Hearing

A second committee gets its shot at social media platform CEOs and much of the hearing runs much like the one at the end of last month. It was with some reluctance that I watched the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing with Facebook and Twitter’s CEO given the other Senate hearing at which they appeared a … Continue reading “Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election” Hearing

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (18 November)

Further Reading “Trump fires top DHS official who refuted his claims that the election was rigged” By Ellen Nakashima and Nick Miroff — The Washington Post. As rumored, President Donald Trump has decapitated the United States’ (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Director Christopher Krebs was fired via Twitter, after … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (18 November)

Bill To Reform IOT Security in U.S. Passes Congress

A long awaited bill to revamp how the U.S. government secures its IOT is on its way to the White House. Last night, the Senate agreed to a House passed bill that would remake how the United States (U.S.) government buys Internet of Things (IOT) items, with the idea that requiring security standards in government … Continue reading Bill To Reform IOT Security in U.S. Passes Congress

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (17 November)

Further Reading “How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps” By Joseph Cox — Vice’s Motherboard. This article confirms the entirely foreseeable: the Department of Defense and its contractors are obtaining and using personal information from smartphones all over the world. Given this practice is common in United States’ (U.S.) law enforcement agencies, … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (17 November)

EU Announces One Antitrust Action Against A Big Tech Firm and Previews Another

The EU commences with one antitrust action against Amazon while investigating other possible violations. The European Commission (EC) released a summary of its findings in one antitrust investigation against Amazon, finding enough evidence to proceed while also starting the process to investigate another alleged violation by the United States (U.S.) multinational. The EC started its … Continue reading EU Announces One Antitrust Action Against A Big Tech Firm and Previews Another

Australia Proposes Dramatic Expansion Of Powers To Regulate Critical Infrastructure

Canberra is proposing to significantly expand its power of critical infrastructure owners and operators in the cause of securing Australia’s networks. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has published draft legislation that would significantly expand the government’s ability to oversee and regulate the owners and operators of critical infrastructure and to step in and apparently take … Continue reading Australia Proposes Dramatic Expansion Of Powers To Regulate Critical Infrastructure

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (16 November)

Further Reading “Trump’s refusal to begin the transition could damage cybersecurity” By Joseph Marks — The Washington Post. Former executive branch officials, some of whom served at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are warning that the Trump Administration’s refusal to start the transition to the Biden Administration may harm the United States’ (U.S.) ability … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (16 November)

EDPB Publishes Schrems II Recommendations; EU Parliament Issues Draft SCC Revisions

The EU takes steps to respond to the CJEU’s striking down of the EU-US Privacy Shield by augmenting SCCs and other transfer mechanisms. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published recommendations for entities exporting and importing the personal data of European Union (EU) residents in light of the court decision striking down the adequacy decision … Continue reading EDPB Publishes Schrems II Recommendations; EU Parliament Issues Draft SCC Revisions