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Joint Statement on the final adoption of the new EU rules for personal data protection
European Commission – April 20, 2016: ..."The European Commission welcomes the final adoption of the new EU data protection rules by the European Parliament, following the adoption by the Council last Friday. Today's vote marks a significant achievement, and the culmination of over four years of hard work with the European Parliament, the Council, business, civil society and other stakeholders.
The new rules will ensure that the fundamental right to personal data protection is guaranteed for all. The General Data Protection Regulation will help stimulate the Digital Single Market in the EU by fostering trust in online services by consumers and legal certainty for businesses based on clear and uniform rules...." ...Full Story
SAC Seminar Focuses on Optimizing Recommended Standards
USITO.org Weekly – April 19, 2016: On April 7, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) held a seminar entitled Recommended Standards Optimization and Review Research Pilot Work in Beijing to discuss the plan for cleaning up duplicate, conflicting, outdated or inapplicable recommended standards....In particular, Director-General Yu emphasized the importance that the SAC centralized review focus on clarifying the scope of re....Based on the standardization subject and level of importance, recommended national standards will be categorized into 3 areas: key projects, basic general projects and common projects. According to the category descriptions, the scope goes beyond complementing mandatory national standards to include:
- Standards projects listed in national key industrial policies and planning
- Standards projects that have potential to become international standards
- Standards on basic parts, raw materials, and equipment that are widely used across industries
- Standards that need to be unified nationwide
The methods also outlined the evaluation content, procedures and requirements. USITO is preparing an English translation to share with members.commended national, local, and industry standards by the end of 2016. ...Full Story
GitHub Forum Highlights Public Views on Open Source in U.S. Government
VAR Guy – April 18, 2016: ...Last month, the federal government used GitHub to solicit public comments on draft guidelines that would require federal agencies to make more use of open source code. Among other requirements, the proposal would mandate that at least twenty percent of federally owned code be released as open source.
Comments on the idea offer an insightful window into how people today are thinking about open source....A strong desire [was] (expressed by a number of commenters) for the government to make code "open by default," rather than requiring that only a certain percentage of it be open source. Part of the criticism here has to do with making the government go further in adopting open source. But also at stake is the problem that the requirement to open-source twenty percent of code is ambiguous: Does it mean twenty percent of an agency's programs have to be open source, only twenty percent of its total code, or something else?...A note [was contributed by one commentater] that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which makes it illegal for governments under certain circumstances to require that code be open source, seems to contradict both the spirit and the terms of the new federal proposal. The threat that the TPP poses to open source has received little press, but it's a big issue, and discussion of the new government guidelines could help spur a healthier debate about this.... ...Full Story
New local government digital standard published
Computing – April 15, 2016: A local government digital service standard has been agreed and published after taking into account the views of council staff in a consultation last month.
The standard is a common approach for local authorities to deliver good quality, user centred, value for money digital services - and is a local government version of the original Government Digital Service Standard used across central government.... ...Full Story
New Standard Supports Ongoing Efforts to Combat Counterfeit Semiconductors
EETimes – April 14, 2016: Semiconductor manufacturers recently reached agreement on a set of requirements, practices, and methods to reduce the risk of counterfeit parts entering the supply chain. The JEDEC standard (JESD243) marks an important step forward in the battle against counterfeit semiconductors, which pose a clear and immediate threat to public health and safety....
Counterfeit semiconductors can end up in critical consumer, industrial, medical and military devices, with potentially catastrophic consequences. In one particularly alarming example, a man named Peter Picone admitted to sending counterfeit semiconductors to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut, where the semiconductors were intended for use in nuclear submarines. Fortunately, in the Picone case, the counterfeits were identified before they found their way into critical military systems.... ...Full Story
UL takes on cybersecurity testing and certification
ComputerWorld – April 13, 2016: Underwriters Laboratories (UL) today announced a new Cybersecurity Assurance Program (CAP) that uses a new set of standards to test network-connected products for software vulnerabilities.
The new UL certification will be for both vendors of Internet of Things (IoT) products and for buyers of products who want to mitigate risks.
The testing standards were developed as part of a voluntary program involving industry officials as well as academics and the U.S. government....UL also noted that CAP will also be used to test and certify IoT devices within critical infrastructures such as energy and utilities, as well as healthcare.
UL CAP will evaluate both the security of network-connectable product and sytems as well as the processes used by vendors for developing and maintaining the security of products and systems.... ...Full Story
Standardizing secure by default
GCN.com – April 12, 2016: "Privacy by design" and "security by design" have become common terms to describe the process of building privacy and security into technology at the start, rather than bolting it on after the fact....A lesser-known term -- secure by default -- applies the same principle to securing data at the source. Secure-by-default data makes the case that all data should have embedded security, and the systems that consume, process and store this data must adhere to the security policies embedded therein....Secure by default is technologically feasible today. Bandwidth, compute power and data size used to be problematic, but these are now addressable. Secured data storage and processing require little to no overhead. What's needed is adoption of a standard that ensures the security of data at the time of creation. This standard must guarantee for all data that the source can be identified, the integrity can be verified and the security policies can be applied. But this isn't as simple as it seems.... ...Full Story
Register for ANSI's April Event: Sino-U.S. Cooperation and the Internationalization of Standardization
ANSI Weekly News – April 11, 2016: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will host a one-day conference with a high-level delegation from the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington D.C. on April 25, 2016. The event...will feature SAC presentations on two important topics: the reform of China's standardization system; and the importance of standards for both domestic and international markets.
The event is free, with advance registration required.
The SAC delegation visit comes on the heels of the issuing of several updates pertaining to the ongoing standardization reform effort in China. Notably, the draft China Standardization Law was released on March 22 for public comments by the Legislative Office of China's State Council [see the announcement]. ANSI has prepared a reference translation as a courtesy to ANSI members; the English translation is available in the Member Library. The deadline for public comment is April 21, 2016.
ANSI is planning to submit comments on the standardization law. The Institute will use the United States Standards Strategy, the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards and accreditation of U.S.-based standards developing organizations as the basis for its feedback and encourages members to submit their comments to ANSI for consideration. ANSI also encourages members to submit comments through their own organizations, or to send comments and feedback to ANSI for information, rather than inclusion in its submission. The deadline for submitting comments to ANSI is April 8, 2016. The final version of ANSI's comments will be circulated following submission.
In addition, a second document was released by SAC on February 29 on "Guiding Opinions for Fostering and Developing Association Standards." The announcement provides detailed principles and guidelines for authorities to follow in the implementation and promotion of standardization in China, in particular in regard to social organization standards. ANSI has also prepared a reference translation of this notice as a courtesy to ANSI members; the English translation is available in the Member Library.
ANSI encourages all interested stakeholders to save the date for the important Sino-U.S. event on April 25 and check the ANSI event page for the agenda and additional information. ...Full Story
OFAC Further Clarifies Its 2012 Guidance on U.S. Participation in ISO and IEC Standards Development
ANSI Weekly News – April 9, 2016: On March 23, 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) received written clarification from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) confirming that international standards development activities do not violate OFAC's Sudan sanctions regulations....As OFAC stated in its initial guidance to ANSI on August 15, 2012, such activities were deemed to fall within the "informational materials" exemption to the sanctions regulations or are authorized under a general license which allows for collaboration on the creation and enhancement of written publications, such as international standards.
Thus, recognizing that ISO and IEC standards are created with input from member bodies in embargoed countries and adopted as national standards by member bodies in those countries, OFAC determined that participation in development of such standards by ANSI and its members is permissible under current OFAC regulations....ANSI anticipates receipt of similar letters from OFAC relating to Cuba, Iran, and North Korea in due course. ...Full Story
Study: 'Smart cities need knowledge sharing platforms'
EU Joinup – April 7, 2016: Sustainable smart cities need to exchange best practices, focus on increasing citizen participation, and allow public and non-public delivery of innovative services. These are three of the policy recommendations in the 'Smart Sustainable Cities – Reconnaissance Study', published by the United Nations University in March.
According to the report, the world's urban population will grow by 63 percent between 2014 and 2050. Megacities with over 20 million inhabitants will see the fastest increase in population – and at least 13 new megacities are expected by 2030, in addition to the 28 existing today....The report reviews smart city research. The report adds its own case studies on 21 smart city projects from across the globe, including Spain's 'Sustainable Barcelona Map project', the Living Labs in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and Portugal's GuimarŃes Green City.... ...Full Story
Report: How Slovakia has implemented its open data strategy
EU Joinup – April 6, 2016: A report published by Princeton University (US) details how Slovakia has implemented an open data strategy with limited support from ministries and the help of NGOs. Entitled "Bringing Government Data into the light: Slovakia's open Data Initiative, 2011-2015", this report, written by Jordan Schneider and funded by The Open Government Partnership (OGP), tells the story of Open Data in Slovakia: from the creation of a central repository for public contracts (Central Registry of Contracts) in 2011, to the development of a national Open Data portal in 2015 which links to data sets published by the Slovakian ministries.
The report also deals with COMSODE (Components Supporting the Open Data Exploitation),...COMSODE aims also at developing a publication platform for Open Data called Open Data Node, and a methodology framework....
To date, the open data portal of Slovakia (data.gov.sk) has centralised 913 datasets. ...Full Story
SPC Issues New Interpretation for Patent Dispute Cases
USITO.org Weekly – April 5, 2016: On March 22, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a new legal interpretation that will impact patent infringement case resolution. The policy, called the "Interpretation of Several Issues Concerning the Trial of Patent Infringement Dispute Cases (II)" (henceforth "Interpretation II"), will be implemented beginning on April 1.
There are three key aspects of the Interpretation II:
- Regarding the so-called problem-oriented principle, intensify the judicial protection of patents and solve, to the extent possible, possible issues in patent litigation
- With the compromise interpretation principle, strengthen functions in the publicity and delimitation of claims and increase the certainty of the scope of patent protection
- With the principle of interests balance, clarify the legal boundaries between patents and other civil rights, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of patentees. ...Full Story
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