ACM-Europe Policy News

January 2017


In January, EUACM attended Science|Business policy event on Defence R&D and FP9 working group meeting. Both meetings focused on the European Commission policy developments on the subjects. In February, EUACM will be attending Scientific Advisory Mechanism (SAM)'s Cybersecurity Stakeholders' Meeting. The ACM Europe Council is also preparing a cybersecurity technical track for the ACM Europe conference, which will take place in Barcelona on 7 September 2017.


Privacy and Security

Stronger Privacy Rules for Electronic Communication

On 10 January, the European Commission proposed a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications, as the current ePrivacy rules only cover the traditional telecom providers. The new regulation will accord to the instructions set out in General Data Protection Regulation that will enter into force in May 2018. The new regulation should guarantee the privacy of both content and metadata derived from electronic communications. In addition, the new regulation should set simpler rules for cookies and protect better against spam. The overall purpose of the regulation is to "increase the protection of people's private life and open up new opportunities for business".

European Data Economy

On 10 January, European Commission published their policy on the future of EU's data economy, as a part of the Digital Single Market strategy. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market has stated that "if we want our data economy to produce growth and jobs, data needs to be used. But to be used, it also needs to be available and analysed". Therefore, the Commission is calling for all interested Member States to explore topics related to issues in real-life cross-borders situation, such as connected cars. The EC would like to use the projects that are ongoing in Member States and test the regulatory implications of accessing the data and its liability. They are intending to achieve the free movement of data by addressing current barriers of unjustified restrictions and legal uncertainties. Commission underlines that all the initiatives and the use of data will be protected by the General Data Protection regulation adopted last year and by the new proposal on ePrivacy rules, mentioned above. Commission has also launched a public consultationto understand better the implications of free movement of data.

European Governments and Cybersecurity

This January many Member State governments have expressed concerns over their cybersecurity in the light of upcoming elections. Dutch, German, Swedish and French governments are working on improving their security measures to prevent cyberattacks. For example, Hans-Georg Maaßen, the head of the domestic intelligence service of the Federal Republic of Germany, has expressed that Germany should increase their counterstrike capability against states that launch attacks against them.

ENISA Review

On 18 January, the European Commission launched a public consultation that pursues to evaluate the performance of ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security). The current mandate of ENISA will expire in 2020. ENISA's current task is to contribute "to the enhancement of the overall level of cybersecurity of the EU and its Member States". Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for Digital Single Market, said that the review would help us better to address "the main security concerns of the digital community in a time when global cyber-attacks are increasing in volume, and becoming more sophisticated".


High Level Group for H2020 and New Members at ERC

On 20 January, the Commission announced the names of the High Level Group who will advise the EC on "how to strengthen support for breakthrough, market-creating innovation in Horizon 2020 and future research and innovation programmes".

In addition to this, on 13 January, Commission appointed four scientists, for four-year terms, to the governing body of the European Research Council (ERC). The council is an independent body that decides the strategy and distribution of ERC funding.


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