On August 19, 2014, more than one year after the first draft bill of an IT Security Act, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior has published the new draft bill of the Act, aimed at boosting the security of information technology systems. The full title of the legislation is “Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Erhöhung der Sicherheit informationstechnischer Systeme" (IT Sicherheitsgesetz) (“IT Security Act
”). The new rules are still subject to change but look likely to come into force in early 2015.
In fact, the IT Security Act will not be an individual law, but will amend the Act on the Federal Office for Information Security, the Telecommunication Act, the Telemedia Act and the Act on the Federal Criminal Police Office as well as the Act on the German Federal Office of Information Security. The IT Security Act contains five central topics and provides for:
The latest responses by the UK government and the ICO to the EU reform proposals will (mostly) resonate with businesses concerned about some of the more far-reaching changes.
The latest developments and time line
Datonomy has been taking stock of two recent UK developments: the Government's response
to the Justice Select Committee's opinion on the European Data Protection framework proposals published by the MOJ on 11 January, and the "latest views from the ICO" 2 –pager
on 22 January.
Datonomy readers are no doubt au fait
with the intricacies of the EU legislative process, but may nonetheless enjoy the blog post
by Deputy Commissioner David Smith with its helpful insight into the current state of play and user friendly time line.
Despite the strength of the European Parliament's support
for the Commission's proposals, it still has a way to go, procedurally speaking. And not everyone shares the EP's wholehearted support for every aspect … Continue Reading ››
Last month Datonomy reported that objections by the Republic of Ireland had delayed completion of a data adequacy agreement between Israel and the EU (see Datonomy post "Irish politicking delays Israeli EU Data Protection Deal
However, reports in the press this week (see the article in Israel's Jerusalem Post newspaper at http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=192913
) seem to suggest that on 25 October 2010 the EU formally approved the adequacy of Israel's "Privacy Act" despite Irish reservations. Datonomy has been unable to locate any official EU source confirming this development. [Ed - are any of our readers able to point to an official EU statement?
EU approval elevates Israel to an elite group of countries whom the EU deems have sufficiently adequate data protection laws, until this announcement that group included only Argentina, Canada, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Switzerland and the Faroe Islands.
If confirmed, Israel's data adequacy agreement with the EU is … Continue Reading ››