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Lithuania proposes an EU cyber response initiative

The Lithuanian Government announced that EU Member States have decided to develop a cyber-response force as a result of a request by Lithuania. Five countries have reportedly signed a Declaration of Intent with four further states intending to sign it. The new cyber force should be composed of investigation experts from the participating countries’ security institutions that should rotate every two years.

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A joint complaint calling for the EU to stop requiring companies to store all communications data

The EU Commission has received a joint compliant made by Privacy International, Liberty, and Open Rights Group together with more than 60 NGOs, community groups, and academics across the European Union. The complaint underlines that blanket and indiscriminate retention of communications data may be as intrusive as other forms of direct surveillance because communications data may be as sensitive as the content of the communication itself. In addition, the document states that there is a clear violation of the right to privacy and other fundamental human rights, even if the CJEU has clarified that general and indiscriminate retention of communications data is disproportionate and cannot be justified. The complaint has been filed in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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North American, British and Asian financial regulators asks to be exempted from the GDPR

A Reuters exclusive report states that the financial watchdogs from North America, Britain and Asia are asking for a formal exemption from the new European data privacy law. These authorities are concerned that the law may hamper the cross-border investigations by jeopardizing the international probes and enforcement actions in cases involving market manipulation and fraud.

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Swiss DPA releases annual Report 2017/2018

The Swiss DPA has released its 2017/2018 annual report. The monitoring of large digital projects continues to be the main activity of the Federal Data Protection Information Commissioner (FDPIC). The documents presents some of the main cases and issues related to data protection that occurred during the last year, focusing on the Commissioner’s role as a guarantor and its mediation capabilities. The report also considers the new European General Data Protection Regulation and the broader powers of the other EU DPAs. Finally, it states that “Swiss residents and businesses deserve an up-to-date data protection system” and that the total revision of the Swiss data protec-tion law should be dealt with as quickly as possible.

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Ruling in the Carpenter case: Government needs a warrant to gather data from cellphones

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States finally delivered the ruling in one of the most controversial cases related to the protection of data, the case Carpenter v. United States. The Court established that, if a "suspect has a legitimate privacy interest in records held by a third party", the U.S. government needs to have a warrant before collecting location data from his or her cellphone.

The US Supreme Court's ruling is available here