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Vietnam adopts new cybersecurity law

Reuters reports that Vietnam has adopted a new cybersecurity law to control internet and global tech companies operating in the country, raising fears of economic harm and restrictions of freedom of expression. The new law requires service providers to open offices in Vietnam and store the personal data they have on users in the country. This law has been defined as "necessary for the inter-ests of the people and national security" by the Chairman of the Committee on Defense and Security.

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Canada publishes a new National Cyber Security Strategy

The Government of Canada has released its new cybersecurity strategy to bolster the cyber safety, innovation and prosperity of Canadian citizens. The main objective is to strengthen encryption systems in order to improve national security and the fight against cybercrime. A new National Cybercrime Coordination Unit will support and coordinate cybercrime investigations between police forces within the country.

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Australia to protect its elections from cyber-attacks

Australia has created an Electoral Integrity Task Force to prevent possible cyber-attacks and inter-ference in next month’s elections, Reuters reports. The force has been established as a precautionary measure and could represent an example for future elections in other countries. With a growing number of cyber-attacks targeting elections, such measures may become a necessity.

The Reuters news article is available here
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The Italian Decree on data protection in the criminal area is now effective

Today the Legislative Decree no. 51 of 18 May 2018, on the protection of personal data in the criminal area has entered into force in Italy. The Decree will implement the GDPR provisions in the criminal sector and offers an overall regulation of the processing of personal data in criminal matters, replacing part of the Italian Code on the processing of personal data. The new provisions introduce a number of interesting obligations, e.g.  that data must be kept only for the time necessary to achieve the purposes for which they are processed. The Decree also enhances the protection of the data subjects of a criminal case and requires judicial authorities to appoint a Data Protection Officer. Finally, the decree identifies the Italian "Garante della Privacy" (Privacy Guarantor) as the supervisory authority on these matters.

The Decree is available, in Italian language, here
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EU MEPs continue hearings on Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal

The European Parliament has scheduled another two hearings following the one that took place on 4 June. While the initial hearing was focused on better comprehending the facts, the new hearings, scheduled for June 25 and July 2, will focus on the consequences of the scandal.

Find the EU Parliament press release here