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Singapore implements the PEPPOL

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced today that it is implementing the Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line (PEPPOL), thus becoming the first Asian authority to adopt this standard. PEPPOL sets out standards to ease the exchange of machine readable e-invoices through a network, which is expected to speed up SMEs' transactions further to minimizing bugs and costs. This is of particular relevance also for the end-to-end digitalisation of businesses.

The IMDA press release is available here
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Facebook faces problems with its new privacy policy

According to Reuters, Facebok's new set of privacy rules have pushed several social investment firms to rethink or sell their Facebook holdings. This opens up to a discussion on the destiny of the largest social media site and its free use.

The Reuters’ news article is available here
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CoE amends Convention 108

The Council of Europe has adopted a new protocol to revamp the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, better known as Convention 108. The aim is to address emerging problems related to the new information and communication technologies in order to improve the binding treaty that is globally relevant.

The publication is available on the CoE website here
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Marketers appear prepared for the GDPR, but employers not

The latest report from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) says that 81% of UK marketers are confident in their GDPR readiness and comprehension of what it means. However, the same report also states that 20% of the marketers surveyed have concerns about their employers' unpreparedness ahead of the 25 May deadline and 7% of organisations do not yet have any GDPR plan.

The report is available here
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ICO 2018 report warns on the increase of cybercrimes

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has released a new report which indicates that cyber incidents rose of 17% on the first trimester of 2018 with respect to the same period of 2017. The report documents that human error remains the main cause of threat, for instance in cases of emails sent or documents faxed to the wrong recipient.

The ICO 2018 report is available here