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On 19 February 2020, the European Commission presented its long-awaited strategies for data and AI.  These follow Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s commitment upon taking office to put forward legislative proposals for a “coordinated European approach to the human and ethical implications of AI” within the new Commission’s first 100 days.  Although the papers published this week do not set out a comprehensive EU legal framework for AI, they do give a clear indication of the Commission’s key priorities and anticipated next steps.

The Commission strategies are set out in four separate papers—two on AI, and one each on Europe’s digital future and the data economy.  Read together, it is clear that the Commission seeks to position the EU as a digital leader, both in terms of trustworthy AI and the wider data economy.Continue Reading AI Update: European Commission Presents Strategies for Data and AI (Part 1 of 4)

On March 29, the American Chamber of Commerce in China (“AmCham China”) released its 15th annual Business Climate Survey.  This year, AmCham China polled 325 of its members, most of which are U.S. companies operating in China.  According to AmCham China’s Chairman, this year’s results reflect “expectations for growth” tempered with “a more conservative

On 14 February 2013, ENISA announced the release of a new report titled “Critical Cloud Computing – A CIIP Perspective on Cloud Computing Services”. The report sets out new cyber-security measures for cloud providers and users to implement when protecting “CII systems” against outages, disruptions and cyber-attacks.  “CII systems” are described as IT systems that are either a) critical infrastructure themselves (such as e-health platforms), or b) essential for the operation of other critical infrastructures (such as emergency call centres).

The report, which complements existing cyber-security and critical infrastructure documents published by the EU and Commission, including the Commission’s CIIP Action Plan and the EU’s new Cybersecurity Strategy, focuses on measures to protect financial, health, eGovernment and cloud service provider critical infrastructure.  The report recommends:Continue Reading The European Network and Information Security Agencies (ENISA) Releases New Cyber-Security Cloud Computing Recommendations

The first meeting of the new Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership (“ECP”) was held this week in Brussels.  The meeting, and the formation of the Steering Board, represent some of the first concrete steps towards the implementation of the European Commission’s plan to develop Europe’s cloud computing market, as set out in the Commission’s summer 2012 Communication on “Unleashing the potential of Cloud Computing”.

The Board is chaired by the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and is made up of representatives of public authorities and senior CEOs and ex-CEOs of the IT industry.  It will now prepare “strategic advice” for the Commission on how to leverage the public sector’s buying power in order to shape the market for cloud services (for example, by promoting standards for interoperability).Continue Reading European Commission Establishes European Cloud Partnership Steering Board

By Mike Nonaka

On July 10, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued risk management guidance for depository institutions’ use of cloud computing.  The guidance defines cloud computing generally as “a migration from owned resources to shared resources in which client users receive information technology services, on demand, from third-party service providers via the