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Article - European strategy for data: what MEPs want

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:08am

Data is at the heart of the EU's digital transformation that is influencing all aspects of society and the economy.

Key Points: 
  • Data is at the heart of the EU's digital transformation that is influencing all aspects of society and the economy.
  • Read more about big data opportunities and challenges Responding to the European Commission's European Strategy for Data, Parliament's industry, research and energy committee called for legislation focussed on people based on European values of privacy and transparency that will enable Europeans and EU-based companies to benefit from the potential of industrial and public data in a report adopted on 24 February 2021.

The benefits of an EU data economy

    • Large quantities of quality data, notably non-personal - industrial, public, and commercial - already exist in the EU and their full potential is yet to be explored.
    • Enabling data flow between sectors and countries will help European businesses of all sizes to innovate and thrive in Europe and beyond and help establish the EU as a leader in the data economy.
    • The Commission projects that the data economy in the EU could grow from 301 billion in 2018 to 829 billion in 2025, with the number of data professionals rising from 5.7 to 10.9 million.
    • To become a leader in the data economy, the EU should find a European way to unleash potential and set standards.

Rules to protect privacy, transparency and fundamental rights

    • MEPs said rules should be based on privacy, transparency and respect for fundamental rights.
    • The frree sharing of data must be limited to non-personal data or irreversibly anonymised data.
    • Individuals must be in full control of their data and be protected by EU data protection rules, notably the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

European data spaces and big data infrastructure

    • Calling for the free flow of data to be the guiding principle, MEPs urged the Commission and EU countries to create sectoral data spaces that will enable the sharing of data while following common guidelines, legal requirements and protocols.
    • In light of the pandemic, MEPs said that special attention should be given to the Common European Health Data Space.
    • They warned that the digital divide between regions should be tackled to ensure equal possibilities, especially in light of the post-Covid recovery.

Environmental footprint of big data


    While data has the potential to support green technologies and the EU's goal to become climate neutral by 2050, the digital sector is responsible for more than 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. As it grows, it must focus on lowering its carbon footprint and reducing E-waste, MEPs said.

EU data sharing legislation

    • The Commission presented a European strategy for data in February 2020.
    • Parliament is also working on a report on the Data Governance Act that the Commission presented in December 2020 as part of the strategy for data.
    • It aims to increase data availability and strengthen trust in data sharing and in intermediaries.

Vail Systems Announces FreeClimb PCI and HIPAA Compliance

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 5:20pm

FreeClimb, a leading cloud communications API, enables organizations to build compelling payment and healthcare-related communications solutions while ensuring full PCI DSS and HIPAA compliance.

Key Points: 
  • FreeClimb, a leading cloud communications API, enables organizations to build compelling payment and healthcare-related communications solutions while ensuring full PCI DSS and HIPAA compliance.
  • HIPAA compliance requires policies and procedures to protect sensitive data; organizational knowledge about HIPAA; relevant internal training; a culture of security and compliance; and related documentation.
  • Attaining PCI DSS and HIPAA compliance for FreeClimb demonstrates Vail Systems continuing commitment to strengthen customer trust and further its dedication to privacy and security.
  • Learn more about how FreeClimb helps maintain PCI and HIPAA compliance here.

PopBox Asia Services Enhances its Delivery Process with Vonage

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 12:00am

Vonage (Nasdaq: VG), a global leader in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation, has been chosen by PopBox Asia Services, an automated parcel locker service provider, to enhance its last-mile delivery process in Indonesia.

Key Points: 
  • Vonage (Nasdaq: VG), a global leader in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation, has been chosen by PopBox Asia Services, an automated parcel locker service provider, to enhance its last-mile delivery process in Indonesia.
  • This has accelerated the need for PopBox Asia to better connect and communicate with our customers through fast and reliable means.
  • The unreliable delivery rate of SMS messages in Indonesia posed a challenge for us, said Greta Bunawan, COO of PopBox Asia.
  • Pioneering Smart locker for logistics, PopBox Asia is a courier-agnostic smart locker provider to enable efficient delivery and seamless logistic experience.

nVoq.Mobile Voice: HIPAA Compliant Speech Recognition - Innovating to Enable Mobile Clinicians

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 9:15pm

"Part of the challenge of introducing any new tool or technology is the potential impact it may have on your clinicians.

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  • "Part of the challenge of introducing any new tool or technology is the potential impact it may have on your clinicians.
  • "Our clinicians are reducing documentation time and improving the quality of their patient notes we're leveraging our existing technology investments and extending how we better enable our clinicians.
  • "We listened to what our customers were looking for and gave them the opportunity to get more value out of their EHR investment for mobile clinicians."
  • nVoq Incorporated, headquartered in Boulder, CO, provides HIPAA-compliant SaaS-based speech recognition to the healthcare industry, with a strategic emphasis on the post-acute care segment.

Norwegian DPA issues fine to Aquateknikk AS

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 10:00pm

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has fined Aquateknikk AS EUR 10,000 (NOK 100,000) for having performed a credit rating on a private individual without legal basis.

Key Points: 
  • The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has fined Aquateknikk AS EUR 10,000 (NOK 100,000) for having performed a credit rating on a private individual without legal basis.
  • The General Data Protection Regulation requires that all processing of personal data must have a legal basis.
  • Credit ratings are a type of personal data subject to special protections.
  • For further information, please contact the Norwegian DPA: international@datatilsynet.no

    The press release published here does not constitute official EDPB communication, nor an EDPB endorsement.

BIGtoken to Host Webinar on March 2, 2021 With Jodee Rich and Brittany Kaiser

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:22pm

Last week, Facebook shut down Australian news and essential service pages in answer to Australia's "News Media and Digital Platforms" Parliamentary Bill.

Key Points: 
  • Last week, Facebook shut down Australian news and essential service pages in answer to Australia's "News Media and Digital Platforms" Parliamentary Bill.
  • Join host, and BIGtoken CEO, Lou Kerner and experts Jodee Rich and Brittany Kaiser in a discussion about data control, and what this action means for the power struggle between content owners and the dominant global platforms that profit from that content.
  • Jodee Rich is the CEO of PeopleBrowsr, creators of Link.Kred - A digital identity solution for Influencers and Brands to take control of their social footprint and data.
  • Ms Kaiser sits on the board of many companies across industries, working on data ethics, compliance and privacy protocols.

Templar Shield and BigID Announce Strategic Partnership

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:00pm

Templar Shield's Integrated Privacy Management Framework comprises of eight core facets of privacy program management, from governance to operations.

Key Points: 
  • Templar Shield's Integrated Privacy Management Framework comprises of eight core facets of privacy program management, from governance to operations.
  • Together, BigID and Templar Shield can help companies take a forward-looking approach to minimize data collection and implement a privacy first approach to effectively:
    "This strategic partnership enables organizations to leverage pre-built solution accelerators that seamlessly integrate the BigID platform with the leading GRC tools, taking a holistic approach in managing privacy and protection program requirements" said Julia Fare, SVP Alliances, BigID.
  • "BigID and Templar Shield bring organizations an integrated, automated approach to efficiently manage the biggest challenges associated with discovering their personal and sensitive information - while automating consumer privacy rights" said Sesh Vaidyula, Partner, Templar Shield, and the creator of the Integrated Privacy Management Framework.
  • Templar Shield recognized as top 15 American based GDPR advising companies in 2018.

Privacy Company Sentinel Promotes Aaron Weller to President

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:00pm

BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Sentinel today announced Aaron Weller has been promoted from Vice President of Strategy to President of the company.

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  • BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Sentinel today announced Aaron Weller has been promoted from Vice President of Strategy to President of the company.
  • Prior to joining Sentinel, Weller was a managing director at PwC, specializing in data privacy and protection (DP&P) in the Risk Assurance practice.
  • Sentinel partners with clients on their privacy programs, striking the right balance between privacy goals and business needs.
  • Unlike other privacy firms, Sentinel offers both strategic consulting and a software platform designed to define and measure the right privacy program for each organization's unique needs.

Fulcrum applies AI to harness mobile image data and protect privacy

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 2:27pm

Fulcrum enables mobile workers to take photos that document safety, quality, environmental, and other processes.

Key Points: 
  • Fulcrum enables mobile workers to take photos that document safety, quality, environmental, and other processes.
  • By using AI to automatically detect objects in those photos, Fulcrum enables new flows of information based on the objects that are in the work environment.
  • In some cases, photographic data collected using Fulcrum meets the definition of personally identifiable information (PII) according to privacy regulations such as GDPR and CCPA.
  • Photographic data can be among the most challenging to manage from a data privacy perspective.

Enveil ZeroReveal 3.0 Delivers Performant, Scalable Privacy-Enhancing Capabilities for Secure Data Search, Sharing, and Collaboration

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 1:55pm

Washington, D.C., Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enveil , the pioneering data security company protecting Data in Use, today announced the release of version 3.0 of its flagship ZeroReveal product line.

Key Points: 
  • Washington, D.C., Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enveil , the pioneering data security company protecting Data in Use, today announced the release of version 3.0 of its flagship ZeroReveal product line.
  • Organizations can utilize the groundbreaking, privacy-preserving capabilities at scale to enable critical business functions as part of normal workflows.
  • Customers use ZeroReveal to securely derive insights, cross-match, and search third-party data assets without ever revealing the content of the search itself or compromising the security or ownership of the underlying data.
  • Enveils business-enabling and privacy-preserving capabilities for secure data search, sharing, and collaboration protect data while it's being used or processed the 'holy grail' of data encryption.