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The European Parliament votes through cyber-security legislation

In February 2013, the European Commission released a draft Network and Information Security Directive.

In addition to provisions aimed at member state governments, the draft directive applied to a wide range of companies within the definition of market operator. Market operators included private companies in the energy, transport, financial services and health sectors and also included ‘enablers of key internet services’, such as providers of e-commerce platforms, social networks, cloud computing services, application stores, internet payment gateways (e.g. WorldPay) and search engines.

The draft directive therefore had a direct impact on key players and stakeholders in the world wide web, including global technology brands such as Microsoft, Facebook and Google. It also had a direct impact on small and medium-sized enterprises that fell within the definition of market operators…

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