French president Macron insists new regulations needed to protect us all from Facebook’s claws

From: The Register

While announcing new pilot project with antisocial network

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Canada Post leaked personal data, orders of thousands of cannabis smokers

Editor’s Note: Shades of Ashley Madison?

From: ZDNet

The rollout of legal weed in Ontario is now beset by potential privacy issues.

By for Zero Day

On Wednesday, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) revealed the security incident on Twitter, saying that an unnamed individual was able to access the order records of 4,500 customers, or roughly two percent of the firm’s customer base.

The compromised information included names or the initials of nominated signatories, postcodes, dates of delivery, OCS reference numbers, Canada Post tracking numbers, and OCS corporate names and business addresses.


New privacy rules will force Canadian companies to disclose data breaches

From: CBC

Experts say rules don’t go far enough

New privacy rules designed to better safeguard the personal data of Canadians and let them know when it has been breached kick in Thursday, but even security experts say they are far from perfect.

The legislation, known as the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (or PIPEDA) does a lot of things, but most importantly from a consumer’s perspective, it requires Canadian companies to alert their customers any time their personal information may have fallen into the wrong hands.

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Israel Securities Authority Turns to Blockchain for Improving Cybersecurity

From: cointelegraph

By Marie Huillet

The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) has started to use blockchain to improve the cybersecurity of its messaging system, online newspaper Times of Israel reports today, October 3.

The government regulator has reportedly embedded the technology into a system dubbed “Yael,” used to deliver messages and other information to entities that fall under ISA oversight.

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Germany’s Position on International Law in Cyberspace

From: Lawfare

By Nele Achten

In February 2018, the German government’s network was attacked. Germany did not specify what kind of information was accessed by the foreign hackers, but it is publicly known that the hackers successfully attacked the IT system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On March 18, 2018, the Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, Helge Braun, issued a public statement about this attack and explained that the government would examine the possibilities of cyber counterattacks. His statement heated the political debate about cybersecurity and parliamentary opposition groups raised concerns and questions in official inquiries to the federal government on March 23, May 4 and May 7. The questions covered many topics ranging from Russia’s potential influence on the domestic political debate to facts about specific cyber attacks to the domestic institutional framework for cyber defense to attribution and the international legal framework.


The Brazilian Data Protection Legal Framework

From: Mondaq

Article by Simone Lahorgue Nunes, Daniel Tardelli Pessoa, Allan Nascimento Turano, Júlio César Ferro and Rodrigo Dias | Levy & Salomao Advogados


On August 14, 2018, Law No. 13,709 (LGPD – Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados) was enacted, creating a personal data protection legal framework in Brazil. The LGPD is influenced by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); individuals, private entities and public authorities are affected by its provisions.


Whacking the mole: how Australia scrambles to regulate Chinese technology

From: The Conversation

, Research Fellow, UNSW

Did you ever go to your local show as a child? Remember that infuriating game where to win you had to hit every mole which popped its head out of a hole? I imagine Australia’s government feels like it’s playing whack-a-mole in regulating Chinese information and communications technology right now.

A clearer policy on regulating information and communications technology in the context of national security threats may help. Though in this version of the game, the stakes are rather higher than cheap toys at the local show.

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Chinese regulators urge further security efforts to safeguard network


China Daily Editor: Li Yan

China needs to ramp up efforts to further promote the construction of its cybersecurity system and safeguard the country’s network security, said senior industry regulators.

More efforts should be made to increase investment in core network security technology research and development, make breakthroughs in key technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence, build an industrial internet security system, actively develop the cybersecurity industry, and build a cybersecurity technology management system covering telecommunications, the internet, and the industrial internet, according to Liang Bin, deputy director of the network security administration of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.


UK immigration and the national cyber security strategy

From: ITProPortal


Skilled workers from diverse backgrounds are in great need if the UK aims to be a world leader in cyber security.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (“DCMS”) is consulting on a national cyber security strategy to make the UK a world leader in cyber security. The strategy, which comes on the back of a notable increase in cyber-attacks in recent years (including the traumatic WannaCry attacks which affected 48 NHS trusts and countless other organisations) will see the government plough £1.9 billion into UK cyber security from 2016 to 2021. At the core of the policy is the belief that the cyber security space should have strong leadership, centralised and clear qualifications, and diversity.


China’s Huawei, ZTE banned from Australia’s 5G network

From: Sydney Morning Herald

By Tim Biggs & Jennifer Duke

The federal government has banned Chinese telecommunication companies Huawei and ZTE from providing 5G technology to Australia, Fairfax Media understands, after laying out new rules in a security guidance statement to vendors and telcos building the next-generation mobile infrastructure.

A joint statement from Treasurer Scott Morrison and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield heavily implies that the involvement of Chinese companies would pose too high a security risk, although it does not single out any specific companies and does not name China.

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