July 2017 - Internet Industry | eco News | Doing Business in Germany

What's New in eco July 2017

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eco - Association of the Internet Industry

Date: 20 July 2017
Location: Aschheim, near Munich

Date: 24 August 2017
Location: Berlin

Date: 5 Sept. 2017
Location: Berlin

Date: 5-6 Sept. 2017
Location: Frankfurt

Date: 21-22 Sept. 2017
Location: Hamburg

Date: 2-3 Oct. 2017
Location: The Hague

eco Survey IT Security 2017: Ransomware like WannaCry Spreading Dramatically

Security incidents caused by ransomware like WannaCry have increased dramatically over the last year, according to the eco Survey IT Security 2017. Roughly one in three (31 percent) of the 590 security experts surveyed has recently experienced at least one ransomware attack in the company. 


eco Welcomes Federal Network Agency Decision: Blanket Data Retention Initially Put on Ice for all Companies

The Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia decided on 22 June 2017 that blanket data retention does not comply with European Union law. The Internet provider SpaceNet, supported by eco, had taken legal action back in April 2016. The German Federal Network Agency has now come to the decision that the obligation to retain and the maximum term of retention for traffic data will be stalled for all companies until the conclusion of the main proceedings. Until then, no regulations or measures can be initiated, and no fines against obligated companies for the non-implementation of blanket data retention can be processed. 


Internet Policy Party Check Wahl/Digital for the German Federal Election 2017 

What the Parties are Planning on the Topics of Trust & Security in the Internet

What are the German federal parties planning for the next legislative term in regards to IT Security? What’s next for Blanket Data Retention? How should encryption be better facilitated in future and what standards are needed for product security?


eco: State Trojan Must Not Undermine IT Security on the Internet

On the legislative amendment concluded in the German federal parliament for the use of so-called “State Trojans” for the surveillance of messenger services on smartphones, eco Director Professor Dr. Norbert Pohlmann comments:

“Similar to what we have already seen with blanket data retention, we are again dealing with a law for which not all of the consequences have been thoroughly thought through. As a society, we want to push digitalization forward in order to successfully shape the future. The state needs to create framework conditions for this, to ensure appropriate levels of IT security and adequate trust in the Internet...