Digital technologies have changed the way we live and transformed the world around us at unprecedented speed. They have affected all important aspects of life, both at work and at home, and have influenced almost everything from human relations to the economy, to the extent that access to the internet has now become a basic human right recognised by the United Nations. This profound change presents both opportunities and threats to our society. Citizens need specific skills and access to be able to meaningfully take part in society and work. European businesses need an adequate policy framework and infrastructure to capture the enormous value created by the digital economy. Supporting innovation, removing barriers in the digital single market, and effectively managing and using data are the necessary tools to assist them and boost economic growth in Europe. The European Union takes an active part in shaping the digital economy and society, with cross policy initiatives that range from boosting investment, through reforms of copyright and e privacy, to removal of geo-blocking and development of e-government. This multifaceted approach is necessary to facilitate adaptation to complex new realities.
Left MEPs have torn into Facebook and other multinationals for their part in systematically abusing data protection and citizens’ privacy with impunity.
During a debate in the European Parliament on the recent scandal that Cambridge Analytica misused over 87 million Facebook users’ data, S&D Group MEPs called on national governments to unblock legislation to protect citizens privacy online.
Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of the EU Cybersecurity Agency ENISA, has participated in the panel on data protection in the RSA Conference International Cybersecurity Forum 2018, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, USA.
The yearly workshop on cybersecurity for EU Agencies and Institutions took place on 16 April in Athens. The EU Cybersecurity Agency ENISA hosted the event.
The Commission is proposing new rules to make it easier and faster for police and judicial authorities to obtain the electronic evidence, such as e-mails or documents located on the cloud, they need to investigate, prosecute and convict criminals and terrorists.