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03/05/2016

Commission to propose reform of ePrivacy directive in 2017

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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.
Digital 02-02-2016

Jourova defends unfinished Safe Harbour deal

Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova told MEPs yesterday (1 February) that one day past the deadline given by EU privacy watchdogs, the European Commission still hasn't struck a new Safe Harbour data sharing agreement with the US.
Digital 28-01-2016

How Europe can support innovation and consumer protection

Europe marks the 10th anniversary of Data Protection Day today (28 January), during which time, technology has evolved beyond expectations and radically changed the way people use digital services, consume information and communicate globally, writes John Giusti.
Transport 21-01-2016

EU accelerates to catch up on connected cars

The European Commission, which plans a strategy on connected vehicles later this year, has released a report outlining how to "catch up" on connected vehicles as other countries?like the US and Japan?speed ahead.
Digital 20-01-2016

Commission: End of January 'not a formal deadline' for Safe Harbour

A top European Commission negotiator on the EU-US Safe Harbour agreement said the data sharing deal gives an “incredible privilege to American companies”.
Digital 18-01-2016

Vestager says EU will eye 'big data' concerns in merger probes

The European Union plans to take a harder look at whether the collection of vast troves of consumer data by big internet companies violates competition rules, competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Sunday (17 January).
Digital 14-01-2016

European court's blow to Hungary could draw similar privacy complaints

The blow dealt to Hungary's surveillance practices this week by the European Court of Human (ECtHR) Rights could usher in a wave of similar rulings from around the EU.
Digital 14-01-2016

Commission to propose reform of ePrivacy directive in 2017

The European Commission announced it will come out with a legislative proposal to reform the ePrivacy directive in mid-2017.