The European Union-African Union Digital Economy Task Force (EU-AU DETF) provides a platform of partnership for the private sector, donors, international organisations, financial institutions and civil society based on a shared understanding of how an already fast evolving African digital transformation can achieve cross-border integration, and bring benefits to all citizens. During 6 months, the EU-AU DETF developed a shared vision, a set of common agreed principles and a list of policy recommendations and actions focusing on four main objectives.
On 17 June, a new decryption tool for the latest version of the most prolific ransomware family GandCrab has been released free of charge on www.nomoreransom.org. This tool allows victims of ransomware to regain access to their information encrypted by hackers, without having to pay demanded ransoms.
The tool is released in partnership with law enforcement agencies from Austria (Bundeskriminalambt – BMI), Belgium (Federal Computer Crime Unit), Bulgaria (General Directorate Combating Organized Crime – Cybercrime Department), France (Police Judiciaire de Paris – Befti), the Netherlands (High Tech Crime Unit), Romania (DIICOT), the United Kingdom (NCA and Metropolitan Police), the United States (FBI) and Europol and its Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), together with the private partner Bitdefender.
Association of European Competition Law Judges Annual Conference, 6 June 2019
On 13 June, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NTT Security, one of the world’s leading providers of IT security solutions. The MoU was signed by Kai Grunwitz, Senior Vice President EMEA & Global Business Development at NTT Security and the Head of EC3, Steven Wilson, at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. With this agreement, the two organisations are combining their efforts to make cyberspace safer for individuals, businesses, and governments and prevent cybercrime.
The documents adopted at the Eleventh Plenary Session of the EDPB are now available.
On 13 and 14 June 2019, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity ENISA, the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the European Commission’s DG CONNECT and LUISS University have organised the 7thAnnual Privacy Forum 2019 in Rome, Italy.
Today, at the occasion of a stock-taking event to mark the first year of application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission is publishing the results of a special Eurobarometer survey on data protection. The results show that Europeans are relatively well aware of the new data protection rules, their rights and the existence of national data protection authorities, to whom they can turn for help when their rights are violated.
Update: the Council Decisions and the addenda have been published.
Today, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United States and for the Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe “Budapest” Convention on Cybercrime. Both mandates include provisions on strong fundamental rights safeguards on data protection, privacy and the procedural rights of individuals, which will have to be an integral part of any future agreement.
The 2019 Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN) workshop takes place today at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy. Co-hosted by LUISS University and the Università di Roma Tor Vergata, this year’s workshop will focus on what constitutes state of the art technology in data protection by design, in an effort to help establish a common understanding of this concept, the European Data Protection Supervisor explained.