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AI has application in cyber-security but needs an ethical basis say Lords

AI needs to be representative of the community it serves. It should use established concepts: open data, ethics advisory boards, data protection legislation, new frameworks & mechanisms, such as data portability & data trusts.

UK businesses far more confident re GDPR than their European counterparts

More than 70 percent of British businesses are confident about their understanding of GDPR and their preparations for the upcoming data security legislation.

Proposed law would levy penalties on breached credit reporting agencies

A newly proposed legislation introduced by two Democratic US senators aims to impose stiff, mandatory penalties on credit reporting agencies (CRAs) that fail to protect consumers' sensitive information from data breaches.

US passes legislation to create Cybersecurity Security Agency

The US House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a legislation that would redesignate the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Insecure IoT devices to be prohibited, US Federal purchases restricted

The US Congress has introduced a bill which aims to prohibit sale of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the government if they can't be patched or have their password changed.

Kenya set to pass cyber-crime bill as east Africa seeks legal harmony

Amid calls for regional harmonisation of cyber-crime laws, the government of Kenya is proceeding with the passage of a bill to address the growing problem of cyber-crime.

Poland's Digital Affairs Ministry Releases Draft Cyber-Security Strategy

The Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs has released the draft Cyber-Security Strategy for the years 2017 to 2022 after concluding the phase of inter-ministerial consultation.

First Investigatory Powers Commissioner appointed by PM

As required by Section 227 of the Investigatory Powers Act, the role of the IPC is to authorise and oversee the use of Investigatory Powers by public authorities.

With GDPR imminent, it's crucial we tackle the biggest myths surrounding data regulation and cyber-security

Lillian Pang addresses some of the most common misconceptions surrounding the new GDPR legislation

Investigatory Powers and Digital Economy Bills could threaten economy

Experts are claiming the Investigatory Powers (IP Bill) and Digital Economy (DEB) Bills could hurt the UK economy.

Tech big dogs enrolling in Privacy Shield

Google and Dropbox are the latest US tech giants to register with the Privacy Shield.

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

The Swiss intelligence service received permission to begin tapping phones and monitoring emails following a vote in the nation's parliament and approval by a public referendum.

Will the Investigatory Powers Bill mean handing over the keys to the kingdom?

Nic Scott discusses how the IP Bill will fundamentally change the relationship between UK citizens and the government.

626 days to GDPR - the time to prepare is now

A group of data protection experts gathered this morning in central Edinburgh to discuss the next steps for data protection in Scotland and agreed that we should all be preparing diligently for the GDPR.

China allows foreign tech firms to participate in creating cyber-security standards

China has signaled an interest in a global approach to developing the country's cyber-security standards for foreign technology companies.

European Commission formally adopts EU-US Privacy Shield

Approved last week, the European Commission has formally adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement as a legal route to tranfer personal data from the EU to the US.

Court decisions erode Privacy Shield support

The long-besieged Privacy Shield agreement proposed by US and European officials faces a new round of challenges following recent decisions by the US Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court and the Supreme Court.

Intelligence court affirms FBI's right to search Americans' emails without a warrant

In a declassified ruling, a federal judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ruled that the FBI's search of Americans' emails without a warrant during criminal investigations is not contradictory to the Constitution or the FISA Amendments Act.

Concerns remain over Investigatory Powers Bill

Fundamental concerns remain over what is described as a lack of clarity in the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, with calls from industry bodies for earlier recommendations to be implemented.

ICYMI:; Backdoor concerns; TalkTalk losses; EBay exploit; Safe-Harbour 2; Malwarebytes flaw

The latest In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) looks at; Investigatory Powers Bill; TalkTalk woes continue; EBay exploit unfixed; EU-US Privacy Shield agreed; Malwarebytes apologises for flaw.

EU-US Safe Harbour agreed - for now

A last minute agreement on EU-US Safe Harbour transatlantic data transfers has been announced, but civil liberties objections are expected by those who believe initial concerns are not fully addressed.

ICYMI: €50 m cyber-fraud; Codoso back; MS/US gov clash; Adultery extortionists; Apple's encryption key

The latest In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) looks at €50 m aeroplane cyber-fraud; Chinese cyber-espionage returns; MS resists US claim on data; Extortion of Ashley Maddison members; Apple iCloud Backup insecure.

Strasbourg approves unified approach to digital single market

The European Parliament has approved its report, Towards a Digital Single Market Act, with cyber-security a major concern. We speak to Estonian MEP Kaja Kallas.

EU regulators to meet next month on Safe Harbour replacement

Europe's data protection bodies will meet on 2 February on the data-transfer void left when Safe Harbour was ruled invalid by EU's Court of Justice in October.

UK doesn't undertake mass surveillance – Theresa May

Defending the proposed 'Snooper's charter', Home Secretary Theresa May insisted the UK doesn't conduct mass surveillance, supports encryption and is introducing 'world-leading' legislation.

Dutch gov supports encryption, citing privacy, freedom of expression

As authorities in the US press for weakening encryption standards, the Netherlands government came out in support of encryption technologies.

China's legislature approves much maligned anti-terrorism law

China's legislature approved an anti-terrorism law that was opposed by business groups, President Obama, and human rights organisations.

EU will have right to suspend data pact with US

A suspension clause has been inserted into the proposed replacement of the Safe Harbour arrangement that would authorise the EU to suspend transfers should it suspect the US of not doing enough to guarantee the privacy of individuals' personal information.

Blocking Tor, additional terror laws in France may escalate chill effect

After the Paris shootings, France hastily passed emergency terror legislation to extend a state of emergency for three months and expands the government's law enforcement's broad surveillance powers.