Posts tagged as security

Expanding the Internet of Things: Four Key Legal Issues October 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020

Technology development is occurring at a breakneck speed and it only seems to be getting faster. In the past five years alone, we’ve watched the introduction of the tablet, the worldwide revolution in social media, the creation of an “app” economy, and the expansion of the Android operating system as the majority choice for mobile applications. The next big leap ahead appears to be the Internet of Things (IoT), an…

Constitution Protection Bureau security service publishes annual overview

Monday, April 27, 2020

One of Latvia’s security services, the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), published its annual overview of its activities in 2019 on April 27. SAB is one of three Latvian state security agencies. In accordance with the law, SAB performs intelligence and counter-intelligence activities, protects classified information, and supervises its exchange with international organizations. As usual, around half of the report is taken up with concerns about Russia and general trends in…

UN Security Council hosts coronavirus security discussion

Friday, April 10, 2020

The UN Security Council (UNSC) held a discussion Thursday on the COVID-19 and its potential effects on peace and security. Estonia is a non-permanent UNSC member for 2020-2021. “Estonia has driven the conversation on the UNSC on how it should address the rapid spread of coronavirus, and resulting instability which could affect international peace and stability,” foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) said, according to a ministry press release. “Yesterday’s meeting…

Survey: Economic security good, opinion split on state’s pandemic actions

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pollster Kantar Emor’s emergency situation monitoring survey shows that the economic and emotional security of residents of Estonia is generally good, but concerns remain over the long-term consequences of the emergency situation. Respondents’ viewers were split on action taken by the government so far. The survey of 628 people shows 64 percent of respondents consider the financial situation of their household to be good or very good. Kantar Emor strategy…

Losing liberty for coronavirus security

By Robert van Voren on Thursday, March 26, 2020

The harsh response to the  coronavirus   pandemic could challenge the already frail liberal democracies, writes Professor Robert van Voren, the director of the Andrei Sakharov Research Centre for Democratic Development at Vytautas Magnus University. Our response to the coronavirus pandemic reminds of the Iraq war, writes Robert van Voren, a professor at Vytautas Magnus University – we come a little late, but then jump into it with full force…

U.S. – Baltic States: nothing personal – just business

By Adomas Abromaitis on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Security situation in the world is deteriorating year by year, day by day. But wars and conflicts nowadays are not only deaths and damage but business and money for involved participants. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) made a report on all international transfers of major arms (including sales, gifts and production under license) to states, international organizations and non-state groups. SIPRI Arms Transfers Database which is freely accessible…

Põlluaas discussed security and Estonia’s support for Ukraine with Razumkov

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Põlluaas assured his Ukrainian colleague of Estonia’s continuing support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and reform processes. The pair also discussed the tense security situation in Eastern Ukraine. “Relations between Estonia and Ukraine are excellent, and we cooperate closely at different levels. I hope that these relations will become even stronger in the future,” Põlluaas said. “We support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea.” Põlluaas emphasized…

Estonia needs to save more than before for sense of security

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Although Estonia has been doing well, for our own sense of security, we actually need to save more, President Kersti Kaljulaid said in her speech on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in Viljandi on Monday evening. “We are accustomed to our world being diverse, beautiful, and rich in species. The technology that was available on Robber’s Rise — mainly the shovel in Sauna-Madis’ calloused…

Capability and Resolve: Deterrence, Security and Stability in the Baltic Region

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in 2014, NATO has revitalised its core business of deterrence and defence and adapted it to today’s political and geostrategic circumstances. In the Baltic region, the most visible expression of this effort has been the deployment of the enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups in Poland and the three Baltic states. These are, in turn, backed up by a readiness and reinforcement strategy, which NATO…

Nordic, Baltic chiefs of defense to discuss security, cooperation

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lithuania’s Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupsys is leaving for Denmark on Wednesday to take part in the annual meeting of the Nordic and Baltic chiefs of defense. The chiefs of defense of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, and the director general of the Iceland’s Defense Directorate “will discuss relevant issues to the region and common military cooperation projects at the event”, the Lithuanian Armed Forces said…