The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission announced in a press release that a political agreement was reached on the draft of the Copyright Directive, a result of trilogue being held since September 2018. The EU Parliament and the Council need to approve the agreed compromise into law.

After resisting the Russian regulators in 2018, Google has agreed to recieve a registry containing a list of banned websites to exclude from search results displayed to users within Russia. Google caved into pressure by Russian authorities who threatened to ban the search engine in Russia. This development comes after Russia opened civil proceedings against Facebook and Twitter for not complying with Russian data storage requirements. Russian legislation requires Russian user’s personal data to be stored on servers within Russia.


According to a report, a federal appeals court on 1 February overturned the decision by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to take broadband subsidies away from tribal residents. The broadband subsidies allow residents to obtain a US$25-per-month lifeline subsidy that reduces the cost of Internet or phone service. The FCC’s decision reached by a vote of 3 to 2 in November 2017, could not be implemented due to a stay order issued by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in August 2018. The follow-up ruling by the same court has now effectively halted FCC’s plans.

The Bangladeshi government has filed a lawsuit at the US District Court in the Southern District of New York against Philippine bankers who conspired with North Korean hackers to steal US $81 million from Bangladesh’s Central bank. In 2016 the Central Bank of Bangladesh held funds at the US Federal Reserve Bank in New York which were fraudulently transferred to Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) in the Philippines by hackers. The cyber-heist included eight RCBC officers who conspired with casino operators, Chinese citizens and the hackers who are believed to be North Korean. The court in this case will have to deal with multiple questions of jurisdiction since it is a multinational cybercrime.

ICANN has issued its third Legislative and Regulatory Report summarising recent and pending privacy and data protection, as well as cybersecurity legislation as of 31 December 2018. The report includes enacted regulations and current trends from around the world which may have bearing on ICANNs mission.

A proposed settlement of the Yahoo’s data breach, which was meant to cover 200 million people across the US and Israel with close to 1 billion accounts has been rejected by a US judge due to lack of transparency. The judge could not declare the settlement “fundamentally fair, adequate and reasonable” because it did not say how much victims could expect to recover.



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