The Czech Big Brother awards, recognizing the biggest privacy intruders of 2018, have gone to Facebook, the Czech Financial Administration and the company iRobot, producing intelligent vacuum cleaners. In the Czech Republic the awards have been presented since 2005 by the Iuridicum remedium civic association.
The European Commission is considering proposals that would amount to a
de-facto ban on Huawei Technologies Co. equipment for next-generation
mobile networks, the news agency Reuters reported citing four senior EU
The issue is a matter of concern in many EU member states, including the Czech Republic, where the National Cyber and Security Information Agency recently issued a warning regarding Huawei products. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš ordered the Office of the Government to cease using mobile phones produced by the Chinese company and Czech experts are now analysing the possible security risks to the country’s infrastructure.
The question of whether to ban Huawei from the 5G mobile network has raised controversy since it could mean delays and extra costs, undermining the country’s efforts to stay competitive.
Prime Minister Babiš recently called for cyber-security concerns to be addressed and resolved at EU-level.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s tweet that he was lobbying for the opening of an Apple Store in Prague received much attention from Czech media. However, server iDNES.cz reports that the Czech PM also discussed the possibility of introducing American telecoms giant AT&T as the fourth major mobile phone operator in the country.
The Czech Republic’s cyber security institution, NCISA, has released a warning that Huawei devices may be used to damage the country’s national interests. Following the warning’s release, many institutions including the Office of the Government and a number of ministries have reacted by banning Huawei phones. The new measures are likely to impact ongoing tenders as well.
E-sales on Black Friday reached a record 4.2 billion crowns, according to
the Association for Electronic Sales. This amounts to a 19 percent increase
On Friday E-shops saw a 300 percent increase in sales as compared to regular days. The annual sales event was so successful this year that Alza decided to stretch it to a fortnight. An increasing number of Czechs have got used to buying Christmas gifts online.
Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has been in Prague on Friday for talks with his Czech counterpart Andrej Babiš focused on digitisation, an area in which the Czech government is eager to step up its game. Consultants McKinsey have just published a study saying that accelerated digitisation could deliver up to a massive EUR 26 billion in additional Czech GDP by 2025. I asked Tomáš Karakolev, one of the authors of the study, what the Czech Republic should focus on if it wants to digitalise successfully.
Some 80 percent of Czech households have access to the internet, according
to figures released on Monday by the Czech Statistics Office. This
represents an increase on five years ago, when 67 percent of the
country’s households were able to get online. However, this country is
lagging behind the European average – which was 87 percent last year –
in this regard.
The number of Czechs making use of social media this year reached 4.5 million, a 50 percent increase on 2013.
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