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EU Council Adopts the Network and Information Security Directive

On May 17, 2016, the European Council adopted its position at first reading on the Network and Information Security Directive. The NIS Directive was proposed by the European Commission on February 7, 2013, as part of its cybersecurity strategy for the European Union, and is designed to increase cooperation between EU Member States on cybersecurity issues.… Continue Reading

CIPL Releases Outcomes Report of First GDPR Implementation Project Workshop in Amsterdam

Recently, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP co-hosted a one-day workshop in Amsterdam with the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, as part of its kick off of CIPL’s new long-term project on the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. This blog entry provides highlights on the project and a link to its workshop report.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces First APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules Enforcement Action

On May 4, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release announcing its recent settlement with hand-held vaporizers manufacturer Very Incognito Technologies, stemming from charges that the company falsely claimed it had certified under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules framework.… Continue Reading

Korean Privacy Law Updated

On April 26, 2016, Korean law firm Bae, Kim & Lee LLC released a Privacy News Alert outlining amendments to Korea’s Personal Information Protection Act and the Act on the Promotion of IT Network Use and Information Protection.… Continue Reading

Parliamentary Committee Approves Denham ICO Appointment

On April 27, 2016, the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee confirmed Elizabeth Denham’s appointment as Information Commissioner. Denham, currently the Privacy and Information Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada, was announced as the UK Government’s preferred choice on March 22, 2016.… Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Releases Opinion on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party published its Opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield draft adequacy decision. The Working Party also published a Working Document on the justification for interferences with the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection through surveillance measures when transferring personal data.… Continue Reading

Nuclear Industry Pursues Aggressive Defense Against Cyber Threats

On March 30 through April 1, 2016, the 2016 Nuclear Industry Summit meetings took place in Washington D.C. In the nuclear industry, the issue of cybersecurity has grown steadily in importance over the past decade. This has been most apparent in the increasing attention and effort paid to cyber-based threats under the biennial Nuclear Industry Summit and its international meetings.… Continue Reading

EU Council Accelerates the Process for Adoption of the EU General Data Protection Regulation

On April 8, 2016, the Council of the European Union will adopt its position on the General Data Protection Regulation. The adoption of the Council's position was initially planned for a vote on April 21, 2016, during the next Justice and Home Affairs Council, but the Council of the European Union has decided to expedite the process for adoption by using the “written procedure,” which is an exceptional procedure that does not include public deliberation.… Continue Reading

NERC Report Highlights Lessons Learned from Ukraine Electric Utility Cyber Attack

On March 18, 2016, a report was released by a joint team from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Electricity Information Sharing Analysis Center and SANS Industrial Control Systems. According to the report, the cyber attack against a Ukrainian electric utility in December 2015 was based on months of undetected reconnaissance that gave the attackers a sophisticated understanding of the utility’s supervisory control and data acquisition networks. … Continue Reading
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