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ETSI General Assembly reelects Dirk Weiler as Board Chairman

At their 70th General Assembly held on 28-29 November 2017, ETSI members selected a new Board and reelected Dirk Weiler of Nokia as Chairman of the ETSI Board.
Dirk has held various ETSI leadership positions during the last decade. He has chaired the ETSI IPR Special Committee since 2008 and has been Chairman of the Board since 2014. Dirk served as the Chairman of the ETSI General Assembly from 2010 to 2014.

Eurosmart announced its annual forecast of worldwide secure element shipments. Stefane Mouille, President of Eurosmart, stated: “The secure element market continues to increase in volume to reach exceptional figures worldwide, passing in 2018 the threshold of 10 billion shipments. We forecast a steady growth for 2017 (+3.3%) and the market will keep growing in 2018. These results confirm that our industry remains an area for business growth in Europe and worldwide”.

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Gemalto revealed on 31st October 2017 that 90% of consumers lack confidence in the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This comes as more than two-thirds of consumers and almost 80% of organizations support governments getting involved in setting IoT security​.

"It's clear that both consumers and businesses have serious concerns around IoT security and little confidence that IoT service providers and device manufacturers will be able to protect IoT devices and more importantly the integrity of the data created, stored and transmitted by these devices," said Jason Hart, CTO, Data Protection at Gemalto. "With legislation like GDPR showing that governments are beginning to recognize the threats and long-lasting damage cyber-attacks can have on everyday lives, they now need to step up when it comes to IoT security. Until there is confidence in IoT amongst businesses and consumers, it won't see mainstream adoption."

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The Draft Cyber Act Regulation is a matter of European industrial policy and economic growth as well as being of importance for European digital sovereignty and societal choices.

The level of resistance to potential attacks on European encryption solutions will be key to the technical transposition of articles 7 and 8 of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, which ensure respect for private and family life and the protection of personal data. This puts the Cyber Act at the heart of the digital democracy.

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FIME has completed its EMV® Level 1 testing portfolio with the launch of EMVeriPOS. The new tool ensures that the communication between payment terminals and contact EMV chip cards is in line with EMVCo’s Level 1 Contact Protocol Specifications. This enables terminal and mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) vendors in any market around the world to increase efficiency and reduce costs by validating their solution in advance of formal certification.

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The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness.
DESI 2017: Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands have the most advanced digital economies in the EU followed by Luxembourg, Belgium, the UK and Ireland. Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy have the lowest scores on the DESI.
In 2016, all Member States improved on the DESI. Slovakia and Slovenia progressed the most (more than 0.04 as opposed to an EU average of 0.028). On the other hand, there was low increase in Portugal, Latvia and Germany (below 0.02).

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Eurosmart announced the 2016 figures for worldwide secure element shipments and the corresponding 2017 forecasts. The overall growth trend remained unchanged in 2016 and Eurosmart forecasts place the total volume of secure elements to be shipped in 2017 at close to 10 billion.

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