Data protection

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05-12-2017

The GDPR will soon apply to all companies in Europe

The clock is ticking and companies in the EU will have to meet the requirements of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from the end of May 2018. The Regulation brings extensive changes for business, writes Herwig Thyssens.

16-10-2017

Small businesses at risk of being overwhelmed by data protection burden

With eight months until the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the countdown is well and truly on but businesses are not ready, writes Mike Cherry.

Digital 11-10-2017

The EU shouldn’t fall for false “digital freedom”

Data monopolies, black-box algorithms, intellectual property, data protection and cybersecurity threats - it is high time for the EU to consider the costs of allowing our digital "freedom" to go unregulated, writes Helga Trüpel.

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09-10-2017

Striking the right ePrivacy balance to foster digital innovation

The mobile ecosystem is flourishing, providing a platform for innovation that is generating employment opportunities and spurring the creation of new services, writes Afke Schaart.

Digital 19-09-2017

A call for innovation-friendly ePrivacy rules

The EU's draft ePrivacy regulation risks crippling innovative cloud computing services, writes Kim Gagné.

18-09-2017

Privacy Shield: A strong framework for transatlantic digital trade

The Privacy Shield agreement has already improved data protection and digital trade between the EU and the US in its first year, and that should continue, writes Victoria A. Espinel.

Digital 24-02-2017

Dreaming big can help reform gigabit society

Europe’s digital transformation will connect previously-isolated rural communities and create jobs in multiple sectors, as well as improving individual wellbeing through eHealth solutions and encouraging SMEs to flourish, writes Pierre Louette.

Digital 08-02-2017

Avoiding an EU own goal on digital access to knowledge

The EU should listen to the innovators, knowledge creators and developers when it comes to data mining: the potential benefits are too great to be ignored, writes Helen Frew.

Digital 07-02-2017

EU’s eCall regulation sacrifices safety for privacy

Fitting vehicles with comprehensive crash reporting software is a huge opportunity to save lives. It is a crying shame policymakers caved to pressure from privacy advocates and watered down the regulation, writes Nick Wallace.

Elections 23-11-2016

Welcome to the Leak-ocracy:  Elections decided by Russian hackers and (Wiki)leaks

A new and disturbing factor emerged during this US presidential election, one that may change elections forever: democracies are now at the mercy of hacking and surveillance technologies, and those who control them. Steven Hill warns that Germany could be next.

Digital 14-10-2016

Europe should put data at the service of society

Europe faces some daunting challenges – an aging population, sluggish growth, an influx of migrants and refugees – yet in the age of data-driven innovation, it also has powerful new tools to help address them, writes Nick Wallace.

The curious tale of the French prime minister, PNR and peculiar patterns

There's no evidence that profiling airplane passengers helps security, but some politicians keep insisting the opposite, write Estelle Massé and Joe McNamee.

Digital 05-09-2016

Cybersecurity directive not enough to protect digitising European industry

Cybersecurity rules have been patchy at best and lacking at worst. So the adoption of the NIS Directive on security of network and information systems is a landmark development. Nomi Byström asks whether it is enough for our increasingly connected society.

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Digital 23-08-2016

The Microsoft ruling: Mending EU-US digital relations

Microsoft’s successful appeal against a US Department of Justice request to access emails stored on its foreign servers marks an important milestone for international consumer privacy and the tech community, writes Brian Stafford.

Digital 01-08-2016

Privacy Shield: A victory for the transatlantic economy

The EU-US Privacy Shield goes live today (1 August). Věra Jourová and Penny Pritzker argue that this is good for citizens, businesses and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

Digital 22-07-2016

Europe should abandon its expensive internet cookies law

The European Commission should repeal its "cookies law" - it's expensive for online businesses and a burden for internet users, writes Alan McQuinn.

Digital 07-07-2016

Privacy Shield is the right replacement for Safe Harbour

The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement should be approved because it significantly strengthens Europeans’ privacy rights and improves the privacy protection of US citizens, writes Julie Brill.

Digital 21-06-2016

Refocus the data debate around individuals

Europe's new privacy rules give businesses a chance to innovate – and Facebook is starting a new coalition on personal data, writes Stephen Deadman.

Digital 17-06-2016

Time for a stakeholders-led platform to shape e-commerce rules

E-commerce is revolutionising, raising new challenges on governance, regulation and traditional international rules. Time is ripe for a stakeholder-based World e-Trade Platform (eWTP) to propose new standards and incubate rules, writes Luigi Gambardella

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 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 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.

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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.

EU-US Safe Harbour and forced data localisation: lessons from Russia

Forced data localisation would undermine European fundamental rights as well as damaging the EU’s competitiveness, argues Matthias Bauer.