German government proposes rights to access to more data for research

Recently, the German government submitted a proposal to the European Council in which an explicit right to access data for research of substantial public interest would be possible. This right would allow researchers to request access to data from companies, e.g. production data, sensor data, among others, some of which could be deemed ‘trade secrets’.

CCS joins CybARverse project

The Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) is participating in the new Erasmus+ KA2 project #CybARverse. The project supports IT as well as non-IT teachers’ and trainers’ digital skills development, through the use of immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality. 

European Commission announces new GDPR certification

The European Commission has announced the launch of ‘Europrivacy’ – the first certification mechanism that demonstrates compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Europrivacy certification will specifically help data controllers and data processors certify that their processes are valid in all member states.   Find out more on the Commission’s website.  

Open letter against planned EU chat control

Legislation is being worked on that would require online service providers to automatically and indiscriminately monitor digital communications and data for potential child sexual exploitation material and automatically report suspicious users to law enforcement authorities. CEPIS proposes that, instead of relying on a technical solution that would enable surveillance on a massive scale, the European Commission should focus on measures such as prevention and victim protection.

New ENISA framework creates common cybersecurity skills recognition

A European Cybersecurity Skills Framework (ECSF) has been published by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA).  It aims to create a common understanding of the relevant roles and facilitate cybersecurity skills recognition. It will also function as a support to design cybersecurity-related training programs.  

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