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27/05/2016

Commission replaces Safe Harbour with rebranded ‘privacy shield’

Data protection


Digital 26-05-2016

Parliament asks Commission to renegotiate Privacy Shield

The European Parliament has asked the Commission to reopen negotiations with the United States and shore up gaps in the Privacy Shield agreement.
Digital 25-05-2016

Google’s new system raises fresh privacy concerns

EXCLUSIVE / Germany's data protection commissioner, Andrea Voßhoff, has urged caution when it comes to Google Home and Amazon Echo: the companies' flagship voice command services. EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Digital 20-05-2016

EU cybersecurity and police chiefs reach breakthrough agreement on encryption

Two EU agencies that have been on opposite sides of a heated debate over encryption just agreed on limits to law enforcement agencies' access to private data.
Transport 20-05-2016

IATA CEO: 'We need global standards on data collection'

EXCLUSIVE / CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler, spoke with EurActiv.de about what the industry expects from Brussels' transport policy and the effect PNR will have on terrorism.
Digital 19-05-2016

Google invokes free speech in French fine appeal

Google said Thursday (19 May) it feared for free speech if France succeeded in forcing it to apply the right to have information about a person removed from its search engines not just in France, but worldwide.
Digital 12-05-2016

Europe should follow UK’s lead on corporate transparency

The extent to which member states make pertinent information about companies available to the public varies widely. This has to change if anything is to be learned from the Panama Papers scandal, writes Daniel Castro.
Digital 12-05-2016

Franco-German big data paper backs case-by-case competition scrutiny

Whether digital companies with large data sets – such as Facebook, and its WhatsApp subsidiary – could impose a risk on competition has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, German and French competition officials concluded on Tuesday (10 May). EurActiv’s partner PaRR reports.
Digital 29-04-2016

MEPs battle to get their vote on Privacy Shield

Liberal and socialist groups in the European Parliament have tried since March to set up a plenary vote on the controversial Privacy Shield data transfer agreement to the United States. With member states' final verdict slated for next month, MEPs are running out of time to vote before the deal is finalised.
Digital 26-04-2016

Commission wants to regulate US-dominated online platform market

Amid controversy over the European Commission's increased scrutiny of American technology companies, the EU executive will propose new rules regulating online platforms, according to a leaked draft document obtained by EurActiv.com.

New EU privacy rules will create 28,000 jobs, says industry group

Privacy experts are about to become very in demand. Europe will need an estimated 28,000 specialists under the newly minted EU data protection regulation, according to industry group IAPP.
Digital 14-04-2016

Parliament approves privacy rules after record number of amendments

MEPs approved new EU privacy rules today (14 April), including a regulation on consumer privacy that drew the aggressive ire of lobbyists during its four-year run through negotiations in the European Parliament.
Digital 13-04-2016

EU privacy watchdogs demand improvements to 'Privacy Shield'

European privacy watchdogs gave a damning verdict of the Privacy Shield, the draft deal for data transfers from the EU to the US, and warned the European Commission to shore up gaps in the new agreement on national security agencies.


Digital 30-03-2016

EU cybersecurity agency slams calls for encryption backdoors

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA has spoken out against creating backdoors for law enforcement agencies to access encrypted communication.
Transport 23-03-2016

Flight data deal is a reason for UK to stay in the EU, says Tory MEP

Timothy Kirkhope, the British MEP shepherding the controversial passenger name records (PNR) bill through the European Parliament, has named security one of the main reasons for the UK to remain in the EU.
Digital 18-03-2016

Privacy Shield negotiators on defensive ahead of member states' review

EU member states will start reviewing details of the EU-US Privacy Shield next month and are getting ready for “extremely complex” discussions before they approve the deal.
Digital 15-03-2016

Oettinger: Privacy Shield should take effect in June

The Privacy Shield data transfer agreement with the US could go into effect this June, EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said yesterday (14 March).
Digital 03-03-2016

Member states swipe left: Tinder has (court) date in EU countries

Consumer organisations in three EU countries lodged complaints against US-based dating app Tinder today (3 March) for its restrictive user contracts.
Digital 29-02-2016

Commission wants EU-US 'Privacy Shield' by end of June

The European Commission is racing to rubberstamp its Privacy Shield agreement to allow companies to transfer data to the United States.
Digital 23-02-2016

EU institutions start large-scale move towards cloud services

EU institutions are getting ready to move data to cloud services as part of the first broad, European Commission-backed push for government cloud computing.
Digital 16-02-2016

Commission's 'Umbrella Agreement' with US under fire from MEPs

The US-EU Safe Harbour agreement allowed over 4,000 companies to transfer data from the EU to the US - provided the companies guaranteed the data's security abroad.  
Digital 15-02-2016

EU’s 'Right to Be Forgotten' policy sets bad precedent for free expression

Last week’s announcement that Google will begin suppressing links to URLs not only for searches on EU country-level domains, but also for searches conducted from within EU countries, is bad news, write Jens-Henrik Jeppesen and Emma Llansó.
Digital 09-02-2016

French watchdog orders Facebook to stop illegal data transfers to the US

The French data protection authority on Monday (8 February) gave Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users' web activity without their consent and ordered the social network to stop transferring personal data to the United States.
Digital 03-02-2016

EU watchdog Falque-Pierrotin: 'We can't just accept words' on privacy shield

Data protection watchdogs from around the EU have reassured companies that they can continue transferring personal data to the US under alternative legal means—at least for the time being while the EU nails down details on its new 'privacy shield'.
Digital 03-02-2016

Commission replaces Safe Harbour with rebranded 'privacy shield'

The European Commission signed off on a new data transfer agreement with the US today (2 February) to replace the old Safe Harbour agreement.