Kicking off the “EU and Global Cybersecurity Fundamentals” course: The concept of cybersecurity and an introduction to cryptographic tools

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I am very pleased that today we will start teaching the EU and Global Cybersecurity Fundamentals course within the Advanced Master in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Management LLM we created at ECPC. Today we will kick off the course with Brian Honan, who will lecture on the concept of cybersecurity and provide an introduction to cryptographic tools. Having in place a meaningful and robust ...

I am running the TCS Amsterdam Marathon to raise funds for the children with rare diseases / Corro la TCS Amsterdam Marathon per raccogliere fondi per i bambini con malattie rare

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Tomorrow I am running the TCS Amsterdam Marathon to raise funds for  the volunteer organization Fiori di Campo and its Children with Rare Diseases Project. To run a marathon is about fighting against yourself and your weaknesses, it entails testing yourself physically and mentally, pushing forward when you think you can’t go on any longer. It ...

The race to digitalize Africa and the importance of data security by design

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China has affirmed its intention to actively support Africa in the development of its digital infrastructure and connectivity. This was confirmed by Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Deng Li on 24 August when speaking about the China-Africa Partnership Plan on Digital Innovation at the China-Africa Internet Development and Cooperation Forum. Indeed, China is looking to promote technologies such as ...

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 ...

“Point-to-point” consent for third-party marketing

On 22 June 2021, the Italian Data Protection Authority (DPA) announced that a month earlier, it had issued a major decision for the data sharing economy concerning the interpretation of third-party marketing consent. A company active in the energy sector (Company A) was fined EUR 3 million for unlawful data processing activities which involved the use ...

Reflections on three years of the GDPR

In recent weeks I have noticed a growing number of influential figures in the data protection world speaking out against a perceived lack of enforcement of the GDPR, the most influential data protection law known to date. Those in favor of revisiting the seminal law argue, for example, that the One-Stop-Shop mechanism is misguided or ...

MORE ATTENTION TO INDIVIDUALS IS THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL Work from Anywhere (WFA): A few (non-legal) words on “talent on the cloud” and the WFA phenomenon

I am usually requested to express my opinion on cloud services and their legal aspects; but today I want to share some thoughts on “talent on the cloud” and the Work from Anywhere (WFA) phenomenon.  I will consciously refrain from letting my legal thoughts (e.g., in terms of privacy and cybersecurity) kick in (mindful of the fact that it’s ...

Safer Internet Day: The tale of TikTok under the spotlight of the Italian DPA

In light of the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day, which “calls upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people”,  I have decided to dedicate a blog post to the Italian TikTok case.  The case of TikTok The Italian DPA (Garante per la protezione ...

LET’S MAKE 2021 THE YEAR OF TRUE ‘TRANSPARENCY’, A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR FOR DATA PROCESSING ACTIVITIES

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Today, 28 January, is Data Protection Day, an annual celebration of privacy and data protection commemorating the date that Convention 108 of the Council of Europe was first opened for signature. This year, however, I would invite all data protection practitioners, academics, business leaders, educators, politicians, security experts and human rights and privacy activists to ...

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 ...