Data Regulation

Nowadays, connectivity is ubiquitous. Our smartphones, cars, infrastructures, even our refrigerators are all connected to a global web. This creates new challenges for legislators and regulators, who need to evolve constantly and adapt where appropriate. It also creates vulnerabilities, which could become attack vectors for criminals. Legislation thus needs to be adapted to the current technological landscape. In the spirit of Digital Luxembourg, the relevant players convene to identify needs and challenges of the digitalized society.

Key objectives

  • screen and develop technology-neutral and future-proof legislation
  • contribute to a better understanding of the symbiotic relationship between law and technology
  • stimulate the debate on trending policies
  • enable and support the implementation of “Regulation Technology”  
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    Following Edward Snowden’s revelations about government mass surveillance, end-to-end encryption is now widely available through services such as Facebook’s WhatsApp. The technique ensures that only sender and recipient can read a message. Dr. Jiangshan Yu at the University of Luxembourg has developed a solution to a longstanding problem in the field of end-to-end encryption: With current end-to-end encryption methods, if an attacker compromises a recipient’s device he can then intercept, read and alter all future communications without sender or recipient ever knowing. Dr. Yu’s solution, developed in collaboration with Prof. Mark Ryan (University of Birmingham) and Prof. Cas Cremers (University of Oxford), adds an extra layer of security, forcing attackers to leave evidence of any such activity and prompting users to take action. ( )
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    This course, organized by the CNPD, is aimed at “beginners”, who wish to learn basic elements of data protection law, as the concept of personal data, the rights of data subjects, the obligations of data controllers, the role of the CNPD, as well as new aspects introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation.
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    LuxTrust, the digital identity firm backed by the Luxembourg government and leading local financial institutions, has announced a partnership with Massachusetts-based digital identity enterprise software provider Cambridge Blockchain to develop a new privacy-protecting European identity platform.
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    As announced after Prime minister Xavier Bettel's visit to Estonia in March 2017, Luxembourg will soon host the first 'data embassy', storing data for the Estonian government in Luxembourg data centers. Read more on wort.lu/en.