ACM-Europe Policy News

August 2016


EUACM has had a busy summer despite the vacation period. Considerable progress was made on the Cybersecurity White Paper, which will be ready for publishing in the coming month. This white paper covers briefly the current status of cybersecurity mainly in the EU addressing the technical, educational and ethical challenges ahead. In this context we are establishing contacts with various organizations active in areas related to cybersecurity.

A member of EUACM will attend the following conferences in the coming months: 2nd International Conference on Science Advice to Government (Brussels); European Computer Science Summit 2016 (Budapest); 23rd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (Vienna).


Funding after Brexit

The UK Government is encouraging its universities and research institutes to take part in the competitive bids for EU funds for as long as the UK is still a member state of the EU. These granted awards (for example under Horizon 2020 framework) will be underwritten by the Treasury in case of Britain's exit. Chancellor Philip Hammond has also guaranteed that the Treasury will assure the funding to all structural and investment fund projects signed with the EU before theAutumn Statement (in which the UK Chancellor updates the Parliament on the government's taxation and spending plans, usually in November or December) this year. In respect to the projects signed after Autumn Statement, the details of their further funding will be detailed in the next Autumn Statement. The Treasury has indicated that they will consult the stakeholders to review all EU funding schemes and how these areas will be addressed after Brexit.


General News

TTIP Negotiations

The French foreign trade ministry Matthias Fekl and German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel have expressed their concerns about the future of TTIP. Sigmar Gabriel has stated that the negotiations with the United States on the trade agreement have failed. There is no official statement by the Commission in regards to these statements by the two member states representatives. However, these declarations are a worrying sign for the free trade agreement. EUACM will continue monitoring the situation and will keep our readers up to date regarding any future developments.

Privacy and Security

Results of the Public Consultation on the review of the ePrivacy Directive

The European Commission is in process of updating the ePrivacy Directive early next year. For this reason the EC launched a public consultation on the review of the ePrivacy Directive that took place between April 12 and July 5 this year. The results revealed that most of the citizens, who took part of the consultation, see the added value in having special rules for the electronic communications sector, while the Industry was not on the contrary view. Although, the citizens identified a clear value of the directive they were sceptical about the current scope and whether it has served the privacy needs as it should; industry and the public authorities were on an opposite view point. In addition, the results showed that most of the stakeholders are would like the rules to cover also new communication services, such as internet companies.

EU-US Privacy Shield

The EU-US Privacy Shield entered into force on August 1. Companies from the States can now self-certify their loyalty to the Privacy Shield Principles with the US Department of Commerce through the new Privacy Shield website. The Privacy Shield is aiming to guard the fundamental rights of all of those in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the US.

In addition to the EU-US Privacy Shield, there is other news from the US that guarantees the privacy of the EU's companies' data in the US. Namely, Microsoft has won an appeal against US Department of Justice over their request of access to the emails stored in its foreign servers. This decision is securing European businesses' data in cloud servers from US government access. The ruling states that servers outside the States are beyond the domestic search warrants. Microsoft is storing in data in servers in proximity of the user (in this case in Ireland) thus, the search warrant issued in the States is not applicable to the information stored outside the US territory.

ENISA report on economic impact on cyber-incidents

On August 5 the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the center of expertise for cybersecurity in Europe that provides advice to the European Commission and to the Member States, published a report that summarizes the results of various studies on the economic impact on cyber-incidents on critical information infrastructures. They found that "finance, ICT and Energy sectors, appear to have the highest incident costs… and most common attack types for Financial sector and ICTs appear to be DoS/DDoS and malicious insiders" (ENISA, 2016).

October will be European Cyber Security Month

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is an EU advocacy campaign that promotes cyber security among citizens and advocates for change in the perception of cyber-threats. The ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) is an official partner of ECSM and is organizing the Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Vienna under the Cybersecurity month. EUACM will be present at this event.

Horizon 2020

Interim review of Horizon 2020

The European Commission has announced the setting up of a high level group consisting of 12 independent experts who should carry out by the end of 2017 an evaluation about the effectiveness and efficiency of the Horizon 2020.


Upcoming Events in September

  • Borderless Cyber Europe 2016: Mission is to improve the state of preparedness and response to cyber threats both domestically and internationally through effective information sharing. September 8-9, Brussels
  • International Data Week: Explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data-driven research. September 11-17, Denver
  • ICT Proposers' Day 2016: Will focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17 in the field of Information & Communication Technologies. It will offer a unique and exceptional opportunity to build networks. September 26-27, Bratislava
  • Digital Assembly 2016: Discuss and exchange ideas with stakeholders on the European digital policy. September 28-29, BratislavaOnline stream
  • Science and Policy-Making: towards a new dialog: Identify core principles and best practices, common to structures providing scientific advice for governments worldwide. September 29-30, Brussels
  • European Cyber Security Month (ECSM): Events during September & October.



  • EU competition for reusable IT solutions in public sector. Open until October 28. Only solutions developed by or for public administrations will qualify for the Sharing & Reuse Awards. If the solution has been developed by a private entity on behalf of a public administration, the reward will go to the public administration concerned.


Open Calls

Forthcoming Calls


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