Awareness

Press release - Make it easier for 11 million EU citizens to participate in European elections

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

MEPs also agreed to remove the so called derogation provisions allowing a member state to restrict the right to vote and stand in European elections for mobile EU citizens when their population grows to over 20% of all EU citizens (nationals and mobile) residing in its territory.

Key Points: 
  • MEPs also agreed to remove the so called derogation provisions allowing a member state to restrict the right to vote and stand in European elections for mobile EU citizens when their population grows to over 20% of all EU citizens (nationals and mobile) residing in its territory.
  • But often, people moving are stopped from exercising their right to participate in European elections.
  • Background
    The Commission published its proposal in November 2021, seeking to increase the number of voters and candidates among the more than 11 million mobile European citizens of voting age.
  • Based on data from 2020, the share of mobile EU citizens in the overall voting population varies greatly between EU countries.

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the FTC

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

We often get the question, If I comply with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, am I complying with what the FTC requires?

Key Points: 
  • We often get the question, If I comply with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, am I complying with what the FTC requires?
  • In February 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which called on the Department of Commerces National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a voluntary risk-based Cybersecurity Framework for the nations critical infrastructurethat is, a set of industry standards and best practices to help organizations identify, assess, and manage cybersecurity risks.
  • NIST issued the resulting Framework in February 2014.
  • The Framework provides organizations with a risk-based compilation of guidelines that can help them identify, implement, and improve cybersecurity practices.
  • The Framework does not introduce new standards or concepts; rather, it leverages and integrates cybersecurity practices that have been developed by organizations like NIST and the International Standardization Organization (ISO).
  • Identify helps organizations gain an understanding of how to manage cybersecurity risks to systems, assets, data, and capabilities.
  • Protect helps organizations develop the controls and safeguards necessary to protect against or deter cybersecurity threats.
  • The Framework breaks down each of these functions into additional categories and then provides helpful guidance.
  • As the Framework recognizes, theres no one-size-fits-all approach to managing cybersecurity risk.
  • But thats the benefit of the Framework: Its not a checklist, but rather a compilation of industry-leading cybersecurity practices that organizations should consider in building their own cybersecurity programs.
  • Section 5 of the FTC Act is the primary enforcement tool that the FTC relies on to prevent deceptive and unfair business practices in the area of data security.
  • Since 2001, the FTC has settled some 60 cases against companies the FTC alleges failed to provide reasonable protections for consumers personal information.
  • By identifying different risk management practices and defining different levels of implementation, the NIST Framework takes a similar approach to the FTCs long-standing Section 5 enforcement.
  • Many FTC cases highlight companies alleged failures to implement reasonable data security practices that the Framework emphasizes under the
    Protect function.
  • FTC orders demonstrate the importance of this function, emphasizing how consumer interests should factor into a companys recovery plan.

Reaching Out to Schools – Privacy Commissioner Asks Primary School Students to Say “No” to Doxxing and Cyberbullying

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) organised a talk on Protecting and Respecting Personal Data Privacy Online at S.K.H.

Key Points: 
  • The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) organised a talk on Protecting and Respecting Personal Data Privacy Online at S.K.H.
  • During the event, the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (Privacy Commissioner), Ms Ada CHUNG Lai-ling emphasised the importance of protecting and respecting personal data privacy to more than 200 primary five and six students.
  • The Privacy Commissioner asked the students to say No to doxxing and cyberbullying.
  • The talk is one of the primary school activities organised by the PCPD under the theme of Stay Vigilant Online: Say No to Cyberbullying.

New Report: Americans' Trust in Messengers Varies Widely by Age, Political Views, Geography

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report released by the Ad Council Research Institute (ACRI) finds notable differences across generational, political and geographic lines in who Americans trust for information about important social issues and what motivates them to take action. The 2022 Trusted Messenger Survey, an ongoing, annual exploration that began in 2021, offers important insights for brands, causes and civic groups working to educate and inspire the American public at all levels on these and other topics.

Key Points: 
  • Younger Americans, particularly Gen Z, are much more likely than older generations to trust broader influencers (social media influencers, celebrities, podcast hosts, athletes, etc.)
  • The 2022 study saw significant differences in the messengers Americans trust by political affiliation.
  • In contrast, Republicans have significantly more trust in religious leaders (53%, compared to 37% of Democrats and 36% of the general public.)
  • Other than spouses and other immediate family members, the only messengers with similar levels of trust between urban and rural Americans are pastors/religious leaders.

Beko joins forces with Water.org to provide 10 000 Kenyans with access to safe water

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

ISTANBUL, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Beko, one of the top three large-home appliances brands in Europe*, today announced a new partnership with Water.org to support a community programme that will empower 10,000 Kenyans in need with access safe water and sanitation solutions.

Key Points: 
  • According to Water.org, 15 percent of Kenyans rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers, while 41% of Kenyans lack basic sanitation facilities.
  • The partnership will also help to mobilise capital investments totaling USD 700 000 for water and sanitation loans to impact hard-to-reach communities.
  • This is true for our global consumers, who we encourage to save water through our technology and ethos, and for those without access to clean, safe water.
  • Together we will empower families in need with lasting access to safe water, and the hope, health and opportunity that flow from it."

Beko joins forces with Water.org to provide 10 000 Kenyans with access to safe water

Retrieved on: 
Thursday, November 17, 2022

ISTANBUL, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Beko, one of the top three large-home appliances brands in Europe*, today announced a new partnership with Water.org to support a community programme that will empower 10,000 Kenyans in need with access safe water and sanitation solutions.

Key Points: 
  • According to Water.org, 15 percent of Kenyans rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers, while 41% of Kenyans lack basic sanitation facilities.
  • The partnership will also help to mobilise capital investments totaling USD 700 000 for water and sanitation loans to impact hard-to-reach communities.
  • This is true for our global consumers, who we encourage to save water through our technology and ethos, and for those without access to clean, safe water.
  • Together we will empower families in need with lasting access to safe water, and the hope, health and opportunity that flow from it."

Soka Gakkai Buddhist Group Promotes Voices of Young Faith Leaders at COP27

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

TOKYO, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --At the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has promoted youth participation and reforestation and amplified the call for climate justice expressed by faith leaders.

Key Points: 
  • TOKYO, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --At the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has promoted youth participation and reforestation and amplified the call for climate justice expressed by faith leaders.
  • Soka Gakkai members around the world are taking action, convinced that even in the face of the insurmountable odds presented by the climate crisis, every individual's contribution can lead to positive change.
  • The Soka Gakkai is a global community-based Buddhist organization promoting peace, culture and education with 12 million members around the world.
  • The SGI is an NGO in consultative status with the UN ECOSOC since 1983.

Soka Gakkai Buddhist Group Promotes Voices of Young Faith Leaders at COP27

Retrieved on: 
Thursday, November 17, 2022

TOKYO, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --At the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has promoted youth participation and reforestation and amplified the call for climate justice expressed by faith leaders.

Key Points: 
  • TOKYO, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --At the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has promoted youth participation and reforestation and amplified the call for climate justice expressed by faith leaders.
  • Soka Gakkai members around the world are taking action, convinced that even in the face of the insurmountable odds presented by the climate crisis, every individual's contribution can lead to positive change.
  • The Soka Gakkai is a global community-based Buddhist organization promoting peace, culture and education with 12 million members around the world.
  • The SGI is an NGO in consultative status with the UN ECOSOC since 1983.

Greg Lindberg Statement on IRS Voluntarily Dismissing Tax Case

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday the Internal Revenue Service voluntarily dismissed its tax claim against Greg Lindberg, just weeks after the fact of the claim itself made headlines.

Key Points: 
  • DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday the Internal Revenue Service voluntarily dismissed its tax claim against Greg Lindberg, just weeks after the fact of the claim itself made headlines.
  • The media coverage of this case highlights the false and defamatory attacks that I've endured for almost 4 years.
  • In its dismissal filing (United States v. Greg Lindberg U.S. District Court Case No.
  • 1:22-cv-00911-CCE-JEP), the attorneys for the IRS noted since Greg Lindberg had not ever been formally served in the case, they can dismiss the action without a court order.