European Data Protection Digest

Kroes, Commission: Cybersecurity Law “Nearly Finished”

PRIVACY LAW—EU

December 20, 2012

According to a spokesman for EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, a draft directive on cybersecurity is “nearly finished,” and a commission official has indicated it will be released in January. EUobserver reports that the bill is likely to include the creation of a co-operation mechanism to prevent cross-border cyber incidents and a minimum standard of preparedness. Kroes’ spokesman said the text is about "recognising that digital freedoms and digital security go hand-in-hand--they have to be balanced and dealt with together." Kroes also voiced concern that the EU "is not positioning itself well enough to benefit from digital developments," adding she would like to see better use of technologies such as cloud computing.
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