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Data protection


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.

Hungary anti-terror spy law breaches privacy: European rights court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday (12 January) rapped Hungary over its anti-terror surveillance legislation, saying a 2011 law could be used against "virtually anyone", trampling Hungarians' right to privacy.
Digital 11-01-2016

EU and US divisions over data protection threaten agreement

Persistent disagreements between the United States and the European Union over the treatment of personal data threaten to undermine international standards. EurActiv France reports
Digital 06-01-2016

EU data protection reform may promise more than it delivers

Implementing the biggest shake-up to Europe's fragmented data protection laws in two decades may fail to provide companies with the consistency and simplicity that had been promised across the 28-nation bloc.
Digital 18-12-2015

Don’t just fix Safe Harbour, fix the data protection regulation

The EU's new data protection regulation is a missed opportunity to fix data transfers with the US, writes Robert D. Atkinson.
Digital 16-12-2015

EU strikes deal on strict new data protection reform

EU negotiators wrapped up talks on a major data protection reform last night (15 December) that will tighten privacy laws and determine how companies handle consumers' personal data.
Digital 10-12-2015

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin: We are not asking for a Safe Harbour number 2

The United States must answer the real concerns of EU judges about European citizens' data within the US, when it is accessed by the American intelligence services, says Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin.
Digital 04-12-2015

US privacy chief reveals EU authorities only referred four Safe Harbour complaints

A chief US privacy regulator said today (4 December) that European authorities barely forwarded her office any complaint cases about the Safe Harbour data sharing agreement during its 15-year run.
Digital 02-12-2015

Tech industry goes for last minute appeal on data protection

Tech industry groups are making a last ditch effort to sway negotiators who have vowed to wrap up talks on data protection regulation this month.
Digital 27-11-2015

Commission to unveil Internet of Things plan by mid-2016

The European Commission is considering a comprehensive plan to support the growing connectivity between machines, but may settle for a more targeted initiative as part of its Digital Single Market strategy, EurActiv has learned.
Digital 26-11-2015

Google gets 348,085 'forget' requests in Europe

Since a top European court ruled people have a right to be forgotten online, Google has received 348,085 requests for tidbits to vanish from search results.
Digital 24-11-2015

Consumer groups expose manufacturers for collecting data from connected cars

Many new cars models are linked to the Internet. But according to a new study, drivers are often not aware of where their personal data ends up.
Digital 06-11-2015

Commission wants new Safe Harbour deal within three months

The European Commission wants to have a new data sharing arrangement with the US within the next three months.

UK unveils plan to spy on Internet use, raising privacy fears

Britain unveiled plans on Wednesday (4 November) for sweeping new surveillance powers, including the right to find out which websites people visit, measures which critics denounce as an assault on freedoms.
Digital 03-11-2015

‘Safe Harbour 2’ doesn’t need change on surveillance, top US official insists

A top US State Department official has rebuffed critics who argue that Europe can only seal a new data sharing deal if US laws enabling electronic surveillance are changed.