Other Developments, Further Reading, Coming Events (29 April 2021)

Other Developments The House passed an amended version of the “Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2021” (H.R.1251) that would establish a Bureau of International Cyberspace Policy and Cyberspace Policy Coordinating Committee inside the United States (U.S.) Department of State. The Secretary of State would also need to craft and issue an International Strategy for Cyberspace.House Foreign … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, Coming Events (29 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (28 April 2021)

Other Developments The United Kingdom’s (UK) Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden indicated that the British government would intervene to possibly stop the acquisition of a British semiconductor manufacturer. NVIDIA Corporation had proposed to buy ARM Limited (ARM) from SoftBank in $40 billion deal. Dowden wrote the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) “to inform them of his … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (28 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (26 April 2021)

Other Developments The White House and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced “a 100-day plan to improve the cybersecurity of our nation’s electric infrastructure” “a pilot of the Administration’s broader cybersecurity initiative planned for multiple critical infrastructure sectors.” The Administration asserted:This is a coordinated effort between DOE, the electricity industry, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (26 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (21 April 2021)

Other Developments At the conclusion of their meeting in which they renewed the United States-Japan alliance, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide announced a number of joint initiatives to counter the growing influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), some of which pertained to technology. In a statement, the governments explained how … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (21 April 2021)

EDPB and EDPS Advise the EU On Digital Green Certificates

The EU’s data protection regulators critique the EC’s vaccine passport proposal. The European Union’s data protection authorities have rendered their joint opinion on “Digital Green Certificates,” the European Commission’s (EC) proposal for COVID passports. Twitter Vaccine passports; not the Green New Deal. Cocktail Party The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and European Data Protection Supervisor … Continue reading EDPB and EDPS Advise the EU On Digital Green Certificates

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (8 April 2021)

Other Developments The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) wrote the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA or EUCS) “to provide feedback on the EUCS candidate scheme, more specifically in relation to the potential synergies between the EUCS scheme with a view to supporting Cloud Service Customers (CSC) and Cloud  Service Providers (CSP) to comply with … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (8 April 2021)

EDPB Weighs In On Virtual Voice Assistants

The EU’s GDPR watchdog details its views on how the Siris, Alexas, and Assistants can stay on the right side of EU law. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is asking for feedback on draft guidance on “virtual voice assistants” (VVA) like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Assistant, and how the General Data Protection … Continue reading EDPB Weighs In On Virtual Voice Assistants

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

Other Developments The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) reversed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that Facebook’s login notification text system, especially its database of phone numbers, violated a federal law barring abusive telemarketing practices. The case turned on whether Facebook’s system is an “automatic telephone … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (5 April 2021)

Other Developments United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) negotiators continue to work towards a new arrangement that would once again allow the personal data of EU residents to be imported to the U.S. for processing under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The U.S. and EU have been in talks since last July when … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (5 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Comings Events (31 March 2021)

Other Developments The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued its 2021-2022 Work Programme that details the agency’s plans for the next year. Not surprisingly, the EDPB will seek to further clarify and elucidate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Among other tasks, the EDPB stated it will address the following with asterisked items having already … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Comings Events (31 March 2021)