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EU Justice Commissioner raises concerns about the US CLOUD Act

The EU Justice Commissioner, Věra Jourová, has posted a statement on twitter underlining the European Commission’s concerns about the CLOUD Act's fast-track approval in the U.S. The Commissioner warned that the procedure could affect the compatibility between EU and US frameworks on the flow of data.

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Find the US CLOUD Act official text here
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The EDPS publishes new guidelines on IT governance and management under GDPR

Two months before the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has published new guidelines on the protection of personal data in IT governance and IT management of EU Institutions. The guidelines focus on specific topics such as recruitment and appraisals and describe the use of IT equipment in the workplace and in disciplinary procedures. The document aims to explain how the management and governance of IT infrastructures should be adapted in accordance with the new EU data protection provisions that are focused on the principle of accountability. The guidelines may also be a useful source of information for organisations outside the EU, or as a supplement to guidance offered by national data protection authorities.

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Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council publishes a new draft on ePrivacy

The Bulgarian EU Presidency has published a discussion paper on a draft of a new ePrivacy Regulation. The document incorporates a number of revisions made during a previous examination on 7 March 2018 as well as an Annex modifying articles 8, 10, 15 and 16 of the draft Regulation.

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US government includes the CLOUD Act in the Omnibus funding bill

Today, after over four years of discussions between the congressional leaders of both parties, the CLOUD Act was included in the Omnibus funding bill. The proposed CLOUD Act could represent a fundamental step forward, establishing how law enforcement agencies can access data across borders. Microsoft President Brad Smith hailed it as a good compromise that responds to the needs of foreign governments to conduct investigations for crimes in their own countries. The CLOUD Act recognises the possibility for tech companies to stand up for the privacy rights of their clients and includes a privacy safeguard preventing governments from using it to oblige US companies to create backdoors around encryption.

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Find Microsoft President Brad Smith’s statement here
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FSB updates on efforts for a common cyber lexicon

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has issued a note addressed to the central banks of the world's 20 major economic powers, known as the G-20, to report on the status of the common vocabulary of computer terms (the so-called cyber lexicon). The FSB believes that the lexicon could play a fundamental role in the field of information security and facilitate international cooperation activities on cybersecurity. The FSB has entrusted a representation of 15 members chosen from different financial sectors and under the guidance of the United States Federal Reserve Board with developing the lexicon.

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