Věra Jourová: SCCs to be modernised

In her intervention at the "The General Data Protection Regulation one year on: Taking stock in the EU and beyond" event held on 13 June 2019, Commissioner Věra Jourová discussed the state of the art of the GDPR, also with the aim of providing input to the next Commission who "will have to start working ...

Call for global agreement on Data Protection

I think that today is a good day to ask the future Members of the European Parliament and American Presidential Candidates to think about a global dimension of data protection and to commit themselves to develop international legislative instruments that have the power to truly enable world-wide digital citizenship.   Read my Letter addressed to the ...

Personal Data Protection as the New Competitive Edge: Generating Socially Responsible Corporate Behaviour

Last Friday I held my inaugural lecture as Professor of Privacy, Cybersecurity, and IT Contract Law at the Faculty of Law - European Centre for Privacy & Cybersecurity at Maastricht University. During my lecture I introduced the research activities that I would like to further develop at Maastricht University in a multidisciplinary setting that includes ...

The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium and Fairness by Design

The Ford Motor Company, General Motors, the Toyota Motor Corporation, and SAE International have recently announced the formation of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) whose aim is to advance the safe development, testing and deployment of automated vehicles. The AVSC, according to SAE, "will provide a safety framework around which autonomous technology can responsibly evolve in ...

The Legal Aspects of Blockchain Technology: Smart Contracts, Intellectual Property and Data Protection: Part I

This blog series is based on a chapter for the forthcoming book entitled "Essentials of Blockchain Technology".  The chapter was written together with Martim Taborda Barata, LL.M., Senior Associate at ICT Legal Consulting International, and  lawyer registered at the Portuguese Bar Association.  Blockchain is part of the future.  Some consider it a revolutionary technology and others see it ...

The latest ruling of the Court in Rome on the liability regime of hosting providers: cases of liability under Art. 2043 Italian Civil Code and exemptions

On 10 January 2019, the regional Court in Rome (Tribunale di Roma) Section XVII Civil, issued decision no. 693, which addresses the issue of the liability regime of hosting providers with respect to illegal content that was uploaded by users of hosting services – also referring to the ‘active’ or ‘passive’ role of the hosting providers. Internet ...

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION AND THE USE OF INFORMATION TO FIGHT ONLINE-TERRORIST PROPAGANDA, RECRUITMENT, AND RADICALIZATION: PART IV

In this fouth blog post of my exploration into the matter based on an upcoming publication for CRC Press, part of the Online Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, And Radicalization Book Project that I wrote together with Dr. Milda Macenaite, I will specifically explore the relationship between personal data protection and use of information. The relationship between the protection and use of that very information is depends on ...

Personal Data Protection and the use of Information to Fight Online-Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, and Radicalization: Part I

What is the relationship between Data Protection and the use of information in the fight against terrorism? This complex question deserves more than a simple answer.  In fact, together with Dr. Milda Macenaite,  I have attempted to explore this question in great depth and shortly a book chapter will be published in the CRC Press (an imprint ...

Provisional agenda: ePrivacy to be discussed in June 7 Telecoms Council

The Romanian Presidency's provisional agendas for Council meetings, during the first semester of 2019 (from 1 January to 30 June) have been published.  Both the General Approach of the Regulation on ePrivacy and Electronic Communications (aka the #ePrivacy Regulation) and the Proposal for a Regulation establishing the European Center for competences and research in cybersecurity and the network ...

Cloud Security Alliance Announces 2018 Ron Knode Service 
Award

I am extremely honoured to share the news that I have been recognised by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) as a recipient of the seventh annual Ron Knode Service Award along with five other members for excellence in volunteerism and dedication in furthering cloud security best practices that help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. The Cloud Security Alliance us the world’s leading organization dedicated ...