SPEAR project’s kick-off

The Secure and PrivatE smart gRid (SPEAR) project had its kick-off meeting on the 10th & 11th May 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The kick-off marks the beginning of the 36 months H2020 funded project. The project’s objectives include: to define and develop SPEAR system architecture, the security components and the privacy frameworks for the provisioning of situational awareness in relation to cybersecurity threats; to build attack detection mechanisms and promote resilience operations in smart grids; to increase situational awareness in smart grid networks; to create and maintain an anonymous repository of smart grid incidents; to provide smart network forensics subject to data protection and privacy, among others.

The project is made up of 17 partners from across Europe, coordinated by the University of Western Macedonia. IRI will be representing LUH and will participate in several work packages of the project. LUH will be mainly responsible for defining the User, Security and Privacy Requirements, as well as research Cyber Investigation Law and Regulations.

Free GDPR Online Course by SoBigData

The European project and research infrastructure SoBigData launched a free online course in order to give an overview about ethics, data protection and intellectual property law. SoBigData is a European society of researches who use Big Data to study society while taking care of ethical and legal issues. The course is called FAIR (First AId for Responsible data scientists) and aims also to present the main news of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which came into force last Friday, May 25th.

In the future there will be more modules on specific topics available.

More information is available on the FAIR course website and in the press release provided by SoBigData.

New book published: New Technology, Big Data and the Law

A new book — New Technology, Big Data and the Law — has been recently published by Springer.

This edited collection brings together a series of interdisciplinary contributions in the field of Information Technology Law. The topics addressed in this book cover a wide range of theoretical and practical legal issues that have been created by cutting-edge Internet technologies, primarily Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Cloud computing. Consideration is also given to more recent technological breakthroughs that are now used to assist, and — at times — substitute for, human work, such as automation, robots, sensors, and algorithms.
The chapters presented in this edition address these issues from the perspective of different legal backgrounds. The first part of the book discusses some of the shortcomings that have prompted legislators to carry out reforms with regard to privacy, data protection, and data security. Notably, some of the complexities and salient points with regard to the new European General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) and the new amendments to the Japan’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) have been scrutinized.
The second part looks at the vital role of Internet intermediaries (or brokers) for the proper functioning of the globalized electronic market and innovation technologies in general. The third part examines an electronic approach to evidence with an evaluation of how these technologies affect civil and criminal investigations. The authors also explore issues that have emerged in e-commerce, such as Bitcoin and its blockchain network effects.
The book aims to explain, systemize and solve some of the lingering legal questions created by the disruptive technological change that characterizes the early twenty-first century.

Link to the book: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9789811050374.

New book on African Data Privacy Laws

A new book—African Data Privacy Laws (ed) Alex Makulilo— has been recently published by Springer. This volume presents analyses of data protection systems in 20 jurisdictions in Africa. In addition, it covers all sub-regional and regional data privacy policies in Africa including the recently adopted African Union Cyber Security and Data Protection Convention 2014.
Apart from analysing data protection law, the book focuses on the socio-economic contexts, political settings and legal culture in which privacy laws developed and operate in Africa. It bases its analyses on the African legal culture and comparative international data privacy law. This book promises to be a valuable source of literature about privacy and data protection law in Africa and its recent developments of which I am happy to have contributed the chapter on Nigeria.