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Royal Decree-Law 14/2019: a new regulation of cyberspace along national lines

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Vicente Morete analyses the Royal Decree Law 14/2019 adopting urgent measures for security reasons in the field of digital administration, public sector procurement and telecommunications

The approval of the Royal Decree Law 14/2019 which adopts urgent measures for security reasons in the field of digital administration, public sector procurement, and telecommunications, has meant a major change in the legal regime applicable to some of the most relevant information technologies to manage the digital reality.

The regulation of the digital reality by the States reflects the political model of each one. While some try to preserve an open and free Internet, others like China or Russia seek to fragment it in the same way that they do with physical borders, in what has been called the "balkanization" of the Net or even the splinternet. The European Union (EU) is developing a third way of regulatory approximation that aims to protect both the freedom of the Internet and the fundamental rights and use of citizens' personal data.

Within this general process for the regulation of the digital sovereignty of States and the governance of cyberspace, the Royal Decree Law (RDL) 14/2019 responds to the need to regulate the digital reality to avoid its illegitimate use and to put national security at risk. Approved by the Council of Ministers and validated by the Congress of Deputies, it is now awaiting process as a Draft Act.

You can read the full article in el Real Instituto Elcano.

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