“EU AND GLOBAL CYBERSECURITY FUNDAMENTALS” COURSE WEEK 6: A CYBERSECURITY READING OF THE GDPR

Today my lecture in the “EU and Global Cybersecurity Fundamentals” course  will present a cybersecurity reading of the GDPR. After having learned about computer security technology and its principles, and having familiarized themselves with the most relevant EU cybersecurity legal sources, the students are now ready to bridge the connection with personal data protection! One of the aims of this course is to ...

Data geopolitics: The UK is moving fast on data transfers with possible adequacy for the Dubai International Financial Centre

The United Kingdom (UK) is demonstrating its agility on data transfers after leaving the European Union (EU). Through its global data plans and new strategic alliances (i.e., adequacy procedures) the UK is moving ahead to reshape international data flows and the global digital economy. The United States, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, the Dubai International Finance Centre, ...

The future of EU-US data transfers

Last week I was interviewed by Laurie Clarke about the future of EU-US data transfers and what the US needs to do to make a new agreement a reality. Read “After a year of limbo a EU-US data privacy agreement still hangs in the balance” published in Tech Monitor, part of the New Statesman Media ...

The challenging job of Supervisory Authorities under the GDPR

How can the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) be effectively enforced so as to uphold fundamental rights and freedoms and at the same time, allow for the free flow of data within the Union? This is a question I have been pondering since well before Monday’s publication of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties’s (ICCL) 2021 report on the ...

The UK’s “data challenge” to the EU

This blog post is a re-elaboration of my interview this morning with Luca Bertuzzi, Digital & Media Editor from EurActiv, available here. Today the UK unveiled its “post-Brexit global data plans to boost growth, increase trade and improve healthcare”, which also include a multi-billion pound partnership with the US, Australia and the Republic of Korea.  Secretary of State ...

How data minimization, data quality, and storage limitation can help in the fight against climate change

Over the last 20 years, access to cheap computational capacity has increasingly led to the harvesting of more and more personal data, without having to worry too much about costs related to data storage and processing activities. For this very reason (and all too often), data sets are offhandedly replicated, databases are left unmanaged, and the same ...

Two-sided control

What was promised by the GDPR (Art. 80 and Rec. 142) is now a reality! Following Schrems’ filing of 422 complaints to ten EU Data Protection Authorities yesterday for cookie-related violations, it is now clear that the data protection compliance posture of companies will be checked not only by Supervisory Authorities but also – de facto and actively – by privacy organisations and associations patrolling the internet to proactively find ...

Habemus UK adequacy!

After many debates, lots of speculation, and negotiations, the Adequacy decisions for the United Kingdom have been approved and Personal Data can continue to flow freely from the EEA to the UK after 30 June 2021. In my opinion, it is both right and reasonable that the decisions have been adopted, given that the ...

Would a US federal privacy law re-establish trusted EU-US data flows?

You might be aware that early last month US Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Representing Washington's 1st District, introduced the Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act – in her words “legislation that would create a national data privacy standard to protect our most personal information and bring our  laws into the 21st Century.”   Important aspects of the Information Transparency and Personal Data ...

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 ...