LawBytes #23 – EU Blockchain Association and public consultation on connected cars

LawBytes deals with the launch of the first EU Blockchain Association and the public consultation on connected cars. 

Blockchain – EU launch of International Blockchain Association (IATBA)

Shortly after the EU blockchain roundtable event, the European Commission is reportedly  planning to launch an “International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications” (IATBA).

Blockchain may bring great improvements for the European industry – from start-ups to large corporates, administrations and citizens – as it is clearly a major opportunity to increase trust and to improve services in a wide range of industries and sectors.

Europe is well placed to seize this opportunity with a Digital Single Market of 500 million citizens and it is acting  to uptake this new technology by enabling a close cooperation between the public and private sectors (Read on the European Digital Single Market “©hanges. What’s new in the EU Copyright Reform Proposal?“)

In this sense, after the launch of the European Blockchain Partnership and the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, the coming launch of IATBA ( which would be legally set up in the first quarter of 2019) aims at bringing together companies interested in exploring the potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to transform digital services at a global level.

It is vital for companies willing to offer Blockchain related services in Europe to monitor the development of the European regulatory and funding initiatives. On this topic you may find interesting my previous article on EU Parliament resolution on distributed ledger technologies(DLT) and the funding opportunities for Blockchain startups in Italy.

IoT – Last days for contributing to EU public consultation on connected cars

Last October 2018, the European Commission launched a public consultation on how EU should build trust in connected and automated mobility services, but as well on the bottlenecks that impede for the moment the deployment of these services bringing many benefits for the citizens.

This public consultation aims at identifying the main challenges linked to the deployment of connected and automated cars today, thus it investigates:

  • cybersecurity threats and trust issues;
  • data governance aspects (e.g. governance models; principles for car data sharing);
  • privacy and data protection needs;
  • different aspects of technology needs.

All categories of stakeholders have a general interest in this consultation, from citizens to specialised groups of the transport ecosystem, so hurry up! The deadline to contribute is the 4th December 2018, and the input gathered from this public consultation will feed into a new policy Recommendation to be adopted by end of 2018/ beginning of 2019, as announced in the recent Communication on Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM).

On this topic you may find interesting previous posts on the new ENISA IoT security guidelines and this article “Trust is the backbone of IoT, and there is no shortcut to success“.

I am Tommaso Ricci, you can drop me a line @ [email protected]. Read the previous issues of LawBytes here and register to our newsletterAlso don’t forget to try Prisca our GDPR chatbot described HERE 

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Tommaso Ricci

Tech addict and privacy geek, working with Giulio Coraggio in the Intellectual Property and Technology Department of DLA Piper. I write about latest news in the legal-tech framework to help intercept the trends and gain a competitive edge in the market.

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