Internet giants like exception for EU directive ICT security




A lobby group of several major Internet companies such as Google, Cisco and Microsoft, has spoken out strongly against a European obligation to report vulnerabilities. This reporting requirement is part of an EU directive to ensure ICT security.

The EU directive for network and information has yet to be drawn up by the European Commission. The directive should be extended to considered too sectors such as energy and transport. Germany and France want to work with the European Parliament, however, that search engines, cloud providers will fall social networks and e-commerce sectors covered. The lobby group Computer and Communications Industry Association, which include Google, Cisco, Facebook and Microsoft have joined, however, has spoken out strongly against the proposals of the French and the Germans, so message Reuters.

The lobby group is particularly against a proposed reporting with serious security incidents to the authorities. The organization says that as companies are hunted high cost. In addition, the Computer and Communications Industry Association believes that the Internet companies should not be considered critical and therefore not be covered by the Directive. Furthermore, the lobby group argues that, if the obligation to report to come, there will occur many duplicate messages.

Despite the opposition to the EU directive is likely that countries themselves must decide which sectors or companies will apply the rules. This makes some EU drivers fear that the effect of the new rules will be limited.

In the Netherlands, the government is working on a legislative amendment which should lead to a reduced reporting requirement. In the weakened bill companies need only mention “serious” incidents. They do not, they risk a fine of up to 810,000 euros.

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