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Singapore’s PDPC publishes a discussion paper on AI solutions

The Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore (PDPC) has published a preliminary analysis containing some of the issues pertinent to the commercial development and adoption of AI solutions. The aim is to establish an accountability-based framework and to provide common definitions and a common structure to promote constructive discussions about the commercial development of AI from an ethical, governance and consumer perspective.

The discussion paper is available here
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CJEU establishes that users which benefit from Facebook’s associated services have to respect data protection rules

The administrator of a Facebook page has been held responsible for not protecting visitors’ personal data, Reuters reports. This is the outcome of a recent dispute between a German fan page that was using the cookies of the social media giant to collect data of its visitors, and the German DPA that was ordering them to stop the gathering of such information.  The German fan page claimed that the DPA should have acted against Facebook and not against it since it was only the user of a service provided by Facebook.  The CJEU has instead established that “an administrator of a fan page that uses the platform provided by Facebook in order to benefit from the associated services cannot exempt it from compliance with its obligations concerning the protection of personal data”.

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Cybersecurity as a priority

According to the newest Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey 2018, IT leaders are most concerned with protecting businesses from cyber attacks. The efforts in this sector have been growing steadily since the beginning of April and, even if a majority of the organizations were not prepared for the GDPR deadline, 68% claim to have sufficient support from the boards to raise investments and strengthen defences. However, the survey also shows some uncertainty on the effectiveness of these efforts. 78% of CIOs think that their digital security efforts are "moderately effective" and only 22% of respondents feel that they are able to react to a cyber attack. Therefore, is not a surprise that the threat of organized cybercrime is still the greatest concern for 77% of them.

The report is available here
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A new survey raises concerns on poor businesses’ cybersecurity awareness

According to the latest report commissioned by NTT security, businesses continue to not implement protective measures in crucial areas of cybersecurity.  The report shows that one fifth of the 1800 UK’s global decision-makers surveyed will not invest in information security because they are con-vinced that paying hackers’ ransom demands is a better measure to cut the security costs.  Another 30% of the surveyed managers is not sure whether they would pay or not.  This means that only about half of them is prepared to invest in a proactive implementation of appropriate cybersecurity measures.

The report is available here
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Technology is key to counter-terrorism

The UK government has published its new Counter-terrorism strategy.  This plan aims at enhancing the coordination between police enforcement authorities, such as MI5 and police, but also with pri-vate sector organisations. Most of the coordination activities involve the use of information technologies as main instrument.