EU Privacy Agreement, NTIA Hires Director of Digital Equity, FCC National Security Order: Broadband Breakfast

March 25, 2022 – A tentative agreement may allow European’s personal information to be stored in the United States.

President Joe Biden and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced a deal on Friday that would resolve uncertainty over companies’ ability to send data between the United States and Europe. The General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union, or GDPRis the EU’s comprehensive privacy law that limits the ability of technology companies to collect and share consumers’ personal information.

The GDPR, which came into force across the EU in 2018, is stricter than US privacy laws. Friday’s agreement strengthens the Privacy Shield Framework between the United States and the EU, which provides a mechanism to comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic trade.

Biden said Friday’s action establishes “unprecedented privacy and data security protections for our citizens,” Biden said. “This new agreement will strengthen the Privacy Shield framework, foster growth and innovation in Europe and the United States, and help businesses – large and small – to compete in the digital economy.”

Von der Leyen said the agreement “will enable predictable and reliable data flows between the EU and the United States, protecting privacy and civil liberties.”

NTIA Hires Director of Digital Equity

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has hired its first-ever Director of Digital Equity.

Cleveland-based digital equity advocate Angela Thi Bennett was appointed to the post. It starts Monday.

Thi Bennett is from the Cleveland-based digital equity and literacy nonprofit C digital. She will be stepping down from her current role as DigitalC’s Advocacy Director. She worked for years with the National Alliance for Digital Inclusion.

“Her local digital inclusion experience combined with her active involvement in the national community means she is equipped to understand the challenges and the need for holistic and collaborative solutions,” said Angela Siferexecutive director of NDIA.

This is the first-ever position in the federal government with “digital equity” in the job title.

Thi Bennett will be responsible for spearheading the $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act allocation and helping develop guidelines for states to use these funds fairly.

“As my ability to serve expands to the national level, I remain strongly committed to amplifying marginalized voices, empowering local communities to deliver solutions, and creating shared standards of measurement to inform interventions and create a accountability,” said Thi Bennett.

Founded in 2015, DigitalC invested $12 million in technology infrastructure to establish a reliable and affordable wireless Internet service provider, EmpowerCLE+, which currently has the capacity to serve 4,000 homes in six of Cleveland’s least connected neighborhoods. .

FCC Network Safety Order

The FCC on Friday added three companies to its list of companies posing a threat to the national security of the United States.

The agency has listed AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas) Corp and China Mobile International USA Inc. – on its list of communications equipment and services considered a threat to national security.

The list follows the requirements of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 to investigate and report services that pose national security threats to US networks.

President Jessica Rosenworcel said the updated list “is the latest in the FCC’s ongoing efforts, as part of the broader whole-of-government approach, to strengthen U.S. communications networks against national security threats, including review foreign ownership of telecommunications carriers providing services in the United States and the revocation of operating authorization if necessary.

The Secure and Reliable Communications Networks Act requires the Commission to publish and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security or the safety and security of American persons.

The FCC says the initial list, which was published in March 2021, will be continually updated as more communications equipment and services meet the law’s criteria.

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