More than a dozen Romanian non-governmental organizations are protesting new cybersecurity legislation passed by the parliament last week that would force businesses to provide the country’s national intelligence agencies with access to their data without a court warrant.
The law could also impact businesses from Europe and beyond, as Romania is a hub for IT outsourcing and software development. Many multinational corporations including Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Siemens and Intel have research and development centers in the country.
The law, which only lacks the president’s signature to come into effect, is based on the European Union’s upcoming Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, a legislative framework that aims to strengthen cybersecurity across the E.U., particularly in key areas like critical infrastructure.
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