Data protection

01-12-2017

Top EU privacy watchdog wants centralised regulator with muscle to police firms

EU lawmakers should create a new, centralised data protection authority to oversee investigations of privacy breaches that affect more than member state in the bloc, Giovanni Buttarelli, the EU’s top privacy watchdog, said in an interview.

Digital 14-11-2017

Lead MEP: member states’ slow pace on ePrivacy is unacceptable

Different political groups need to accept the European Parliament’s agreement on the draft ePrivacy regulation, even though conservative and centre-right MEPs opposed the bill, Birgit Sippel said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Future of mobility 18-10-2017

MEP: EU needs common standards for digital transport, data management

Europe will have to work hard against competitors in China and the US to be a global leader in digital solutions for transport, an MEP involved in the issue told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Legislation must ensure common standards across the EU for transport to flow freely, she stressed.

Digital 02-10-2017

Big member states are dividing the EU on digital agenda

Four countries - Germany, France, Italy and Spain - drafted a paper outlining their priorities ahead of last Friday’s (29 September) digital summit, where heads of state gathered in Estonia. Poland’s Digital Minister Krzysztof Szubert told EURACTIV.com their paper risks dividing EU member states on digital issues.

Cybersecurity 27-09-2017

EU digital official: Cyber threats know no borders

Linda Cogruedo Steneberg, Director at the the European Commission's DG Connect , revealed how the EU executive is trying to extend broadband coverage and democratise the internet, as well as protecting our privacy as hacker attacks become more commonplace. EURACTIV Spain reports.

European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli published his recommended proposal for the data protection regulation today (27 July)
03-08-2017

EU privacy watchdog: Privacy shield should be temporary

European privacy watchdogs have received “a few” complaints about the privacy shield data transfer agreement with the United States since it was brokered one year ago, the EU's top privacy advocate said in an interview.

Digital 12-06-2017

Darknet guru: New technology can help build European identity

Modern technology could shore up the European project, boost transparency and help governments collect taxes. Author Jamie Bartlett told EURACTIV.com that the EU should become the great technological innovator but warned that politicians simply aren’t prepared for massive changes ahead.

Digital 09-02-2017

Czech MEP: Europe needs harmonised standards for smart cities

According to Dita Charanzová, smart cities are about bettering the lives of Europe's citizens. They'll not only improve urban life but the environment too, she told Euractiv.com

Trade & Society 02-12-2016

Netzpolitik editor: Trump will press on with ‘insidious’ TiSA deal

TTIP and CETA aren't the only controversial trade deals around. Net politics activist Markus Beckedahl told EURACTIV Germany that the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a huge threat to data protection.

Slovakian deputy PM: EU data rules must be based on facts, not emotion

The European Union can no longer look at data protection with the presumption of guilt but must be flexible and fast in responding  to deficiencies, while managing responses based on hard data and analysis, not on emotions stimulated by politicians, Slovakia's deputy prime minister said in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.

Brexit 01-07-2016

Irish EU minister: Post-Brexit North-South hard border ‘not acceptable’

Ireland's EU minister has told EURACTIV.com that any post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic should allow status quo in terms of movement of goods or people, and a 'hard border' would be "unacceptable."

Digital 24-06-2016

Guillaume Liegey: ‘Big data is cheaper for electoral analysis than polls’

Political campaigns can be refined by the analysis of "big data" to analyse and target voters. The challenge is knowing how best to use the data, said Guillaume Liegey.

Brexit 08-06-2016

MasterCard international chief: ‘Brexit wouldn’t be a significant change for us’

Blockchain is expected to have a larger impact on our business than a potential Brexit, suggests MasterCard’s deputy boss, Ann Cairns. In her view, the technology behind virtual currencies like bitcoin is “a good thing for the future”, she told EURACTIV.com.

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.

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chair of the Article 29 working party and head of French data protection authority CNIL, with EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova
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.

Vera Jourová: We will be strict with the US on Safe Harbour

Brussels is moving forward on the Safe Harbour agreement with the US, and aims to finalise discussions by May, said EU Commissioner V?ra Jourová.

Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht is not sure German Commissioner Günther Oettinger will be able to stand his ground on the EU's digital agenda opposite Sillicon Valley giants like Google and Amazon. [EP]
Digital 12-09-2014

MEP Albrecht: Oettinger risks being crushed by his portfolio

By putting Günther Oettinger in charge of the digital economy in the new European Commission, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has committed a fatal mistake, said MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, warning that Oettinger risks being "crushed" by his new portfolio.

Trade & Society 18-02-2014

Dutch academic: TTIP needed to save ‘crumbling’ transatlantic relationship

The EU and the US are motivated by similar goals in the ongoing bilateral trade talks, even on data protection, according to Peter van Ham, who says political momentum and time constraints will be the biggest challenges to concluding a transatlantic trade pact.

Digital 10-02-2014

German academic: US, Europe unlikely to agree on data protection in near future

Surveillance activities are part of the overall US security strategy and spying on Europeans is done to safeguard and protect its allies from possible threats, argues Annegret Bendiek, but views in Paris, Berlin or Brussels are not quite the same.

Digital 24-10-2013

Think tank analyst: ‘Intelligence is like underwear’

At today’s summit of heads of EU state and government, attempts to use the Prism scandal to reinforce the data protection debate are unlikely to be successful, according to Hosuk Lee-Makiyama. The political expert believes the data protection package will take a back seat to the telecoms single market proposal.

Digital 26-09-2013

Albrecht: ‘We need to give answers to the mass surveillance questions’

After a tumultuous period of data snooping scandals and accusations of US spying in the EU, Jan Philipp Albrecht, one of the leading MEPs behind the EU's draft data protection regulation, tells EURACTIV that Parliament will finalise rules by the end of its mandate, because it cannot wait.

MEP Viviane Reding

Reding: Doubts over EU institutions’ data protection are a ‘red herring’

European institutions will be covered by the EU's new data protection regime, says Viviane Reding. The same rules must apply to everyone, the EU justice commissioner says in an interview, where she also discusses the brewing storm over alleged US snooping on European offices.

Digital 24-02-2012

Lawyer: Companies ‘left in limbo’ by new data protection regime

The new data protection regime envisaged by Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding is going to change the legal landscape from the ground up, according to expert Christopher Kuner, but the proposed changes are so technical he questions whether companies will be able to comprehend them.

Reding: ‘Companies don’t take protection of personal data seriously enough’

Recent data protection breaches involving Apple and Sony show that "the protection of personal data doesn't work properly," says the EU commissioner in charge of justice and fundamental rights Viviane Reding. In a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV, she also discusses other issues such as EU communications, media funding, Roma discrimination and gender quotas.