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Experts Examine Proposed Cybersecurity Directive

DATA PROTECTION—EU

February 8, 2013

The European Commission (EC) has released a cybersecurity strategy "to ensure a high common level of network and information security (NIS) across the union," reports Harriet Pearson, CIPP/US, in Hogan Lovells' Chronicle of Data Protection. Announcing the strategy on Thursday, EC Vice-President Neelie Kroes noted, "We need to protect our networks and systems, and make them resilient…Cyber threats are not contained to national borders; nor should cybersecurity be.” The proposal includes requiring member states to develop national NIS strategies and data breach notification obligations. In Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Privacy and Information Law Blog, Partner Stewart Room, CIPP/E, examines the draft regulation and highlights “the core legal pillars for data and cybersecurity in the EU, now and coming.” Meanwhile, V3.co.uk reports “huge firms like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Twitter would have to report breaches publicly, which could cause major security and trust concerns among consumers.”
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