First EU-wide Legislation on Cybersecurity Agreed

On 8th December 2015 the three key European Union institutions – the European Commission, European Parliament, and the Council – agreed on the first EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity. The Directive on Network and Information Society aims to improve cybersecurity capabilities in Member States and to enhance cooperation between Member States on cybersecurity-related issues. The new legislation will require operators to introduce increased security measures to protect their activities. This will, in particular, apply to operators of essential services, including, for example, those active in the energy, transport, banking, and healthcare sectors.

After the agreement of all three institutions, they will each have to approve it formally. The new legislation will then be published in the EU Official Journal. Afterwards, Member States will be given a period of 21 months to implement the Directive into their national legislative frameworks and six more months to identify operators of essential services.

Press release from the European Commission is available here.

General Data Protection Regulation Adopted

The controversial General Data Protection Regulation was adopted by the European institutions on 15th December 2015. The aim of the new Regulation is to make Europe ready for the digital age and to enable people to better control their personal data.

More specifically, the Regulation provides individuals with the right to easier access to their own data, the right to data portability, the right to be forgotten, as well as the right to know when their data has been hacked. For businesses, the new Regulation will help cut red tape, increase consumer trust, and make better use of the opportunities provided by the Digital Single Market.

The Regulation also gives greater powers to national law enforcement authorities, which, under the Regulation, will be able to exchange the information necessary for investigations more efficiently and effectively. This will lead to improved cooperation in the fight against terrorism and other serious crimes in Europe.

Following political agreement reached in trilogue, the final texts will be formally adopted by the EP and Council at the beginning of 2016. The new rules will become applicable two years thereafter.

Press release from the European Commission is available here.

PSCE White Papers

PSCE is pleased to inform you about its new publication series called PSCE White Papers which will be published on a regular basis at least once a month.

PSCE White Papers are short reports or guides that will inform readers concisely about complex issues in the public safety communication domain. They are meant to help readers to understand an issue, solve a problem, or eventually make a decision.

PSCE White Papers are available here.