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Information management & security
EU Member States agree on negotiating mandate for revised ePrivacy rules
The Council of the EU has reported that Member States have agreed on a negotiating mandate for revised ePrivacy rules—rules on the protection of privacy and confidentiality in the use of electronic communications services. The updated rules will be used in cases in which service providers may process electronic communications data or have access to data stored on end-users’ devices. The agreement allows the Council to start talks with the European Parliament on the final text of the regulation.
See: LNB News 10/02/2021 78.
UK ‘does not meet conditions’ for data adequacy, EU parliamentary committee says
MLex: EU lawmakers have said the UK ‘does not currently meet the conditions’ to allow the continued free flow of personal and law-enforcement data, and expressed ‘strong doubts’ about an interim six-month agreement that allows those flows as part of a post-Brexit trade deal. The non-binding opinion from the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee (LIBE), adopted on 4 February 2021, comes just weeks before the EU’s data protection authorities are set to scrutinise the European Commission’s draft decision on adequacy, which is crucial for continued economic and security co-operation between the EU and the UK.
See News Analysis: UK ‘does not meet conditions’ for data adequacy, EU parliamentary committee says.
Government launches a new UK Cyber Security Council
The government has announced the launch of a new UK Cyber Security Council, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The new independent body will set standards and define career and learning paths for the cyber security sector. The Council will help boost skilled job prospects around the UK by providing ‘budding and existing workers’ with clear guidance for building a career in cyber security. It will also focus on increasing the number and diversity of individuals ent
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