Recent Posts by Paolo Balboni

AI & Cybersecurity: Reflections on a multidimensional relationship

Earlier this month I was a guest on Episode 47: Innovation and Tech Zoom In of the European Edition of the Breaking Banks Podcast Moderated by Ajit Tripathi. The podcast looks at “European Unicorns, Startups, Founders, Regulators and Leaders innovating the rapidly evolving Fintech scene, with some of the world’s most well-known hosts and influencers in fintech. Produced in cooperation with FintechStage.” LISTEN ...

Expand your professional knowledge with the Lead auditor and consultant training on the CSA GDPR Certification and Code of Conduct

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Register today for our online course 17 – 20 November 2020 (from 15:00-19:00 CEST)   Become a qualified Code of Conduct (CoC) auditor and gain an in-depth understanding of how the CSA Code of Conduct for GDPR Compliance works!  Are you a professional wanting to guide organisations toward GDPR compliance? Do you have knowledge about the inner workings of a Code of ...

The importance of having a coordinated incident response plan in place

This is true not only in monetary terms, but information security could even be a question of life and death.   In September 2020, a breaking article confirmed the inevitable - the first death caused by a ransomware attack. The alleged victim is a woman who necessitated urgent medical care and had to be re-rerouted to another hospital as a ...

Schrems II – No legal certainty and no quick fixes! It’s a geopolitical matter before it’s a legal one. “A NEW AGE OF DATA TRANSFERS” PART IV

I just attended today’s online LIBE meeting on possible solutions following the CJEU’s “Schrems II” decision, where it was recognized that the question of data transfers to third countries is fundamentally a geopolitical matter before being a legal one. In this way, legal certainty should be re-established as soon as possible – but such an achievement ...

“Malware Found in Chinese Tax Software Used by Foreign Tech Firm” by William Hoke, Tax Analysts

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I was recently interviewed by Tax Analysts journalist William Hoke. Read more of what I had to say about malware and the importance of carrying out adequate cybersecurity risk assessments and analyses on software before implementing such technologies within organizations.   Read the entire article here.

Council of the EU issues decision concerning Restrictive Measures against Cyber-attacks Threatening the EU

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Council of the European Union, 30 July 2020 This past July, the Council of the European Union announced Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1127 of 30 July 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2019/797 concerning restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the Union or its Member States.  For the first time, the  Council used the "options available in the EU’s cyber diplomacy toolbox to ...

Organizations are left with no practical legal grounds to transfer personal data to the United States. “A new age of data transfers” Part III

After the official statements of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and several Supervisory Authorities (SAs), it is clear that at the moment there is no practical way for data to lawfully flow from the EU to the US. The reasoning in 5 steps: On 16 July 2020 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidated the European ...

EDPB Publishes FAQ on the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Case C-311/18 “A NEW AGE OF DATA TRANSFERS” PART II

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Today the European Data Protection Board published its Frequently Asked Questions on the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Case C-311/18 - Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Ltd and Maximillian Schrems, adopted on 23 July 2020. The FAQ, which "will be developed and complemented along with further analysis, as ...

Privacy Shield is invalid. Here’s what you need to do now. “A new age of data transfers” Part I

This blog is part of a multi-part series, “A new age of data transfers”, which will explore the practical implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgement in  Case C-311/18 “Schrems II”.  Following the invalidation of the Privacy Shield on 16 July 2020 by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the situation ...

Italian Data Protection Authority fines Wind 17 million Euro and Iliad 800,000 Euro

The Italian Data Protection Authority has continued its investigation into telephone operators following a significant number of complaints related to marketing activities, fining Wind Tre Spa approximately 17 million Euro for unlawful data processing. In the course if its investigation, the authority found that users had been contacted by SMS, email, fax, phone and automated calls in absence of having ...

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