IEEE Global Internet Policy Monitor

Global Internet Policy Monitor

17 May 2017 — The inescapable cyber story this week is the impact of the WannaCry ransomware attack which spread across the world late last week. Analysis of the attack suggests that cyber tools developed by the NSA and leaked by hackers in recent months may have been responsible. Additional work has also suggested that North Korean hackers may have perpetrated the global cyber attack…


10 May 2017Bulgaria have nominated one of the country’s MEP’s to become the country’s new European Commission member after the role was vacated in January. Mariya Gabriel will likely adopt the same brief as her predecessor and become the EU’s Commission on Digital issues, in which she will support Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip in the creation of the EU Digital Single Market


3 May 2017 — The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has warned that the threat of cyberattacks facing German companies are not taken seriously. Mr Maassen has called for greater powers for Government authorities to tackle cybersecurity threats but that more must be done by the private sector.

Also in Germany this week an administrative court has upheld a ban on the transfer of data between WhatsApp and Facebook. The original ban prevented the two companies from exchanging client data without the consent of customers following the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook… 


26 April 2017NATO members and allies are currently conducting the largest global cyber defence exercise in Estonia. The participants are responding to a scenario in which the military resources of a fictitious country are subjected to a cyber attack.

In the UK the national data protection watchdog has raised concerns that not enough clarity currently exists regarding the EU’s concept of consent in the incoming General Data Protection Regulation...


19 April 2017 — The EU will launch a public consultation into concerns about the future of the internet. A succession of surveys will seek “fresh ideas” on issues such as privacysecurityAInet neutrality and big data.

A committee of UK Members of Parliament has published a report calling for the Government to set up a “monitoring unit” to protect against foreign interference in future elections. The recommendations follows allegations of Russian hacking in the US election, and reports that a foreign source may have hacked a voter registration website prior to the EU referendum vote last June… 

12 April 2017 — IT and Digital Economy ministers from the G20 met for the first time in Germany this week. Following the summit, the G20 ministers agreed to ensure digital access for all by 2025, though with limited substantive commitments.

Ukraine has engaged with Chile on future cooperation on cybersecurity. The discussions at the sidelines of the LAAD 2017 Defence & Security exhibition in Brazil are part of Ukraine’s hopes of establishing greater cooperation with South American countries…


5 April 2017EU Commissioner Vera Jourova has announced that the EU-US Privacy Shield will be reviewed in September as part of an ongoing process to ensure that the agreements central tenents are maintained.

In Germany this week the Country’s Cybersecurity chief has announced that the German Army has suffered 284,000 separate cyber attacks in the first months of 2017… 


29 March 2017 — There has been a concerted effort in the EU this week to introduce legislation to increase the ability of law enforcement to access data stored on secure messaging sites like WhatsApp. EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová has suggested new measures will be drafted in June, whilst the UK Home Secretary has convened a board of technology experts to propose solutions after the terrorist behind last week’s Westminster attack was found to have used WhatsApp.

NATO have announced this week that they will invest €3billion in improving satellite bandwidth and cybersecurity across the alliance. Further details of the contracts will be announced at the April Defence Conference in Ottawa, Canada


22 March 2017 — The Japanese and German Governments have agreed to cooperate on setting international standards for the development of the Internet of Things. The agreement follows a joint visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the CeBIT technology fair in Hannover.

The President of Cyprus has launched a new collaborative project between the University of Cyprus and Imperial College London that will look at how to improve the cyber resiliency and efficiency of critical infrastructure…


15 March 2017 — The European Commission’s Digital Single Market Commissioner and Vice President Andrus Ansip has expressed confidence in the future of the EU-US Privacy Shield following a meeting with his US counterparts.

Germany have produced a draft law that will allow it to fine social media firms if they fail to act against hate speech on their platforms. The law would allow the government to fine firms up to €50 million… 


8 March 2017EU Commissioner Vera Jourova has this month stated that if the Trump administration puts the EU-US privacy shield in jeopardy the EU will put an end to the agreement.

In the UK, Facebook and BT have announced plans for a joint technology hub to develop next generation technology and to improve internet access...


1 March 2017 — The European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis has used a recent speech to call for a common approach to cybersecurity in the EU’s financial sector. A common approach would create cybersecurity consistency within the EU, an issue that has received growing attention in recent weeks.

Following concerns regarding the impact of President Trump’s executive order on digital privacy for EU citizens, the US Federal Trade Commission has assured the EU that they will continue to enforce the Privacy Shield agreement…


22 February 2017 — In the EU this week, data privacy watchdogs have been seeking assurances from the American Government that the data privacy of European citizens will continue to be respected. The concerns were raised following action by the White House to curb illegal immigration that included the exclusion of non- Americans from the Privacy Act.

Earlier this week, members of the London Internet Exchange members voted against a proposal that would have allowed the UK government to monitor the communications of users without informing the Exchange and its members…


15 February 2017 — In the UK this week, Ciaran Martin the head of the National Cyber Security Centre has stated that 188 serious cyber attacks have been identified in the past three months, with tens of thousands successfully blocked in the past year.

In France, President Hollande has requested a full briefing on the Government’s current activity to protect this years Presidential election. The request follows notable outbursts by Independent candidate Emmanuel Macron, who has accused Russia of interference...