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Here is the latest round up of cybersecurity news from the Datonomy blogging team at Olswang. EU developments
  • There does not appear to have been any official news on the progress of the Network and Information Security Directive during the past week. Further trilogue discussions between the three EU institutions were expected to take place at the end of February – see our latest report here.  According to the TechUK website, the UK government was due to give a briefing to TechUK members on the impact of the Directive on 17 February 2015.
  • Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, recently spoke on the issue of “A safe and secure connected digital space for Europe” at a debate hosted by the European Internet Foundation. Read the complete speech here.
  • The Czech government has approved new national cybersecurity strategy.  Similar to strategies in the US and UK, … Continue Reading ››
As Datonomy reported recently, the UK Competition and Markets Authority has launched a call for information into the commercial use of data. In addition, it has now announced the appointment of researchers to look in more detail at how three specific sectors - games apps, clothing retail and motor insurance – use consumer data. With consumer data the new “currency of the Internet”, competition authorities at EU and UK level have been taking a keener interest in the issue for some time. Lucy Davies, an associate in Olswang’s Competition Team, explains what the CMA’s first formal steps in this area could mean in practice. What’s new? The call for information and appointment of researchers On 27 January 2015 the CMA launched a project to review the commercial use of consumer data by publishing its “Call for information: the commercial use of data”.  As described in detail in our earlier blog … Continue Reading ››
Olswang supporting new technology and innovation: I presented on drone law to the Security and Defence Interest Group of Cambridge Wireless yesterday, hosted jointly by Olswang and the Knowledge Transfer Network. Despite being half term week we had a full house thanks to the great programme put together by Nicholas Hill of Cambridge Wireless’s Security & Defence SIG. Speakers included Nicholas Hill of Plextek Consulting; Professor Jim Scanlan of the University of Southampton’s Aerospace Division; Alan Brooke, Unmanned Aircraft Systems lead for the Centre for Applied Science & Technology of the Home Office, and myself. Is 2015 the year of the commercial drone? Drones – also known as small unmanned aircraft; remotely piloted aircraft systems, and a growing number of similar acronyms, continue to make news. They have come a long way from their military origins and took centre stage at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. Some commentators … Continue Reading ››
The latest round up of legal and regulatory developments and news relating to cybersecurity, brought to you by the Datonomy blogging team at Olswang LLP. UK
  • On 6 February 2015, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) found that the UK government had breached Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) when soliciting, receiving, storing and transmitting the private communications of individuals located in the UK, that had been provided by the US's Prism and Upstream intelligence programmes. The Tribunal rebuked the government for not making public its arrangements and was ordered to sufficiently sign-post such information to the public.  Read the full judgment here.
  • The Home Office began a consultation on 6 February 2015 on updating the interception code of practice and introducing a new equipment interference code of practice under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. The codes will regulate when law enforcement agencies … Continue Reading ››
The latest round up of legal and regulatory developments and news relating to cybersecurity, brought to you by the Datonomy blogging team at Olswang LLP.  UK developments
  •  UK initiatives to develop the cyber insurance market, announced by the Government in November, have been the subject of a recent panel session hosted by industry group techUK. The website post considers: market drivers, the current state of the market, and potential solutions. The discussion featured contributions from Kroll, Hiscox, Dell and DBIS. Working groups in the Government’s initiative are due to report conclusions to the Cabinet Office by April 2015.
  • CESG (which is the information security arm of GCHQ) has published the latest document in its ongoing series, “Keeping the UK safe in cyber space”.  This new guidance is on “Technology and information risk management”.  The guide is aimed at public sector organisations and their supply chains, and outlines the factors … Continue Reading ››
Another weekly round-up of legal and regulatory developments and news in the field of cybersecurity, brought to you by the Datonomy blogging team at Olswang LLP. UK developments
  • Andrew Gracie, the Bank of England’s Executive Director for Resolution, has called upon companies to put their competitive objectives to one side and work together in order to combat cybersecurity.  Gracie was speaking at the Cyber Defence and Network Security conference in London on 23 January 2015.  Read the speech in full here.
  • London is launching a cybersecurity technology business incubator in April 2015.  The incubator, named CyberLondon (or CyLon), will grant £5,000 each to ten teams who will then house themselves within the incubator for 13 weeks.  The incubator is founded by Alex van Someren of Amadeus Capital Partners, however, the incubator is not-for-profit and will not take equity stakes in any of the businesses.
  • The tech press is reporting that as … Continue Reading ››