Data protection

06-12-2017

Tech industry slams data watchdogs over damning privacy shield report

A major technology industry association has lashed out at national data protection regulators for a critical report on the EU’s privacy shield data agreement with the United States.

30-11-2017

Seven EU countries team up to investigate Uber data breach

EU privacy watchdogs are uniting to confront Uber over the breach of millions of consumers’ data that the ride-hailing app recently reported.

29-11-2017

Privacy crusader Schrems starts NGO to bring more tech firms to court

The Austrian lawyer whose lawsuit toppled the infamous safe harbour data sharing agreement with the United States has set up an NGO focused on bringing more privacy cases to court.

Cybersecurity 23-11-2017

Trade MEPs want to scrap all EU export restrictions on encryption

MEPs want the European Commission to remove export control restrictions on technology products that use encryption.

23-11-2017

MEPs amp up pressure on Commission over digital trade

MEPs are exerting pressure on the European Commission to draw up rules on data flows in foreign trade agreements, an area where the EU executive has so far not pinned down any tangible policy.

Cybersecurity 16-11-2017

EU guidelines would help cyber insurance industry, agency says

EU and national legislators should draft guidelines outlining what kind of damage from hacking could be covered under cyber insurance, the EU cybersecurity agency ENISA has said.

10-11-2017

Commission wants to extend law for police data access to the US

The European Commission hopes to set an international standard with its upcoming proposal to give police easier access to data from tech companies, and has already asked the United States to cooperate.

09-11-2017

Commission conducting review of all foreign data transfer deals

The European Commission is reviewing the 12 data transfer agreements it has with countries outside the bloc, as part of a scrutiny process that could potentially result in the deals being axed.

Cybersecurity 30-10-2017

Ransomware ‘pay up or lose your data’ threat spreads in EU

Hackers are increasingly often using ransomware, blackmail viruses that demand ransom from the owner of the infected computer. One click on what looks like an ordinary email from a customer is enough to make the company a victim of extortion. EURACTIV.cz reports.

20-10-2017

Facial recognition gains grounds in Europe, among big-brother fears

Facial recognition is gaining ground in Europe. But this technology, used to achieve common security objectives on the ground, raises questions about human rights. EURACTIV France reports.

Digital 19-10-2017

MEPs approve ePrivacy bill amid political fight

MEPs in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) approved stricter new privacy rules for telecoms services and apps like WhatsApp and Skype that divided political groups and drew backlash from the telecoms and tech industries.

19-10-2017

Brussels promises more police access to encrypted data, but no backdoors

The European Commission insisted that it does not want to weaken encryption as part of its latest push to give law enforcement authorities more access to private data.

Future of mobility 19-10-2017

Digital transport has huge potential but needs clear framework, standards

Digitalisation of transport is going to transform Europe's industry, but the political framework needs to put in place common standards and regulate the free flow of data, as well as its management and privacy, industry and EU officials said this week.

18-10-2017

EU-US Privacy Shield pact to pass first annual review

A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers will get the green light from the European Union today (18 October) after the first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans’ data stored on US servers.

Cybersecurity 16-10-2017

Data protection and digital single market struggle to combine in Europe

Given the extraordinary boom of the digital economy, Europeans’ data protection should be a priority, according to Director General for Justice and Consumers Tiina Astola. EURACTIV Spain reports.

05-10-2017

Death on Facebook: Lawyers push for EU rules on digital inheritance

A group of lawyers are pressuring EU legislators to propose rules that could force internet platforms to hand over data that belongs to another person who had died or is being cared for.

19-09-2017

Commission to publish encryption report on 18 October

The European Commission is trying to pull together member states' differing views on security and privacy before it publishes a report on encryption technologies on 18 October.

19-09-2017

Jourova reassured ‘America first’ does not weigh on EU-US privacy shield

EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said she was relieved that US President Trump's “America first” policy will not shatter the EU-US privacy shield agreement on data transfers, after meeting with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday (18 September) to scrutinise the one-year-old deal.

Digital 08-08-2017

Member states ask for new EU data retention rules

Several EU member states want to include new rules allowing for data retention in a draft privacy bill.

Digital 07-08-2017

Hungary rights chief denounces ‘data grab’ bill

Hungary's data protection watchdog on Monday (7 August) lashed out at government plans to centralise personal data and ease rules on allowing official access, calling them a major threat to citizens' rights.

Digital 26-07-2017

EU court’s blow to Canada deal marks new hurdle for data laws

An EU data sharing agreement with Canada is illegal because it violates privacy rights, the European Court of Justice said Wednesday (26 July), marking a new legal blow to the bloc's data deals.

Cybersecurity 12-07-2017

MEPs push cyber security rules as ‘political message’ before EU overhaul

MEPs are pressuring the European Commission to propose new cyber crime rules on hacking vulnerabilities, encryption and information sharing between EU countries, ahead of a legal overhaul planned for September.

Digital 30-06-2017

Juncker ‘depends’ on Estonia’s cybersecurity know-how

Council presidencies of “smaller member states are always the most effective,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday (30 June) in Tallinn, one day before Estonia takes over for a six-month leadership role that will focus on digital policies and EU unity.

29-06-2017

Member states and tech firms wary of EU ‘data flows’ plan

Tech companies want the European Commission to propose new legislation in autumn that they hope will bring down data storage costs in some countries. But rumoured changes have worried firms that France could pressure the executive to weaken the rules.