Event: Data Protection and Competitiveness in the Digital Age (Brussels, 9 July 2019)

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Event: Think Digital Summit (Brussels, 7 November 2019)

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UPDATED – Joint Staff Working Document: Report on the implementation of the 2016 Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats and the 2018 Joint Communication on increasing resilience and bolstering capabilities to address hybrid threats

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues (attachés) (19 June 2019)

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Press Release: New Africa-Europe Digital Economy Partnership – report of the EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force

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.

Press Release: Fourth Decryption Tool Neutralises Latest Version of GandCrab Ransomware

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.

Press release: Europol and NTT Security team up to improve cybersecurity

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.

UPDATED – Adopted Documents: Eleventh Plenary Session of the EDPB (4 June 2019)

The documents adopted at the Eleventh Plenary Session of the EDPB are now available.

Event: Launch event: Report “The future of road transport – Implications of automated, connected, low-carbon and shared mobility” (Brussels, 21 June 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council – AOB item on health technology assessment (14 June 2019)

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Commissioner Jourová’s intervention at the event “The General Data Protection Regulation one year on: Taking stock in the EU and beyond”

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Report from the Multistakeholder Expert Group on the GDPR application and the Annex

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Press Release: Data Protection Regulation one year on: 73% of Europeans have heard of at least one of their rights

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.

Speech by Vice-President Ansip: “Digitalisation as a new challenge in regulation”

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UPDATED – Press Release: Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

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.

Agenda: JHA Counsellors COPEN (E-evidence) (18 June 2019)

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Press Release: Internet Privacy Engineering Network discusses state of the art technology for privacy and data protection

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.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European production and preservation orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters

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OPP Meeting Summary: Telecommunications Council – Future of a highly digitised Europe beyond 2020 (7 June 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Telecommunications Council – AOB: Current legislative proposals (7 June 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Telecommunications Council – ePrivacy (7 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Telecommunications Council (7 June 2019)

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