Modern pharmaceuticals are no longer exclusively produced in a chemicals laboratory, but are often developed using live cells. In Germany, such biopharmaceuticals are being sold and prescribed at an ever increasing rate – despite widespread scepticism over GMOs in Germany. EurActiv Germany reports .
EU lawmakers sat down for their first meeting yesterday (24 June) to work out details on the EU's data protection reform. Facing bumps ahead, negotiators said they were still committed to wrapping up the legislation package this year.
Following today's agreement in the Council on Data Protection, in an exclusive op-ed, MEP Viviane Reding reminds us that the EU countries' position seems to substantially water down the Commission's proposal.
New European Union data protection rules expected to be agreed on Monday will allow citizens to sue companies that own data as well as those that process it on their behalf, for example cloud computing providers.
Germany’s Federal Data Protection Commissioner issued clear criticism against the government’s bill on data retention, saying it not only amounts to a disproportionate violation of Germans’ basic civil rights, but also those of Europeans. EurActiv Germany reports .
European negotiators are still waiting for the US to budge on intelligence services' use of personal data before there can be a breakthrough on the Safe Harbour agreement, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said last week (28 May).
EU leaders have vowed to agree on a new data protection regulation this year. Less than a month before the European Commission, Parliament and Council meet to negotiate the legislation, Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli says there's no room for mistakes.
Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors on Wednesday (20 May), diplomatic sources said.
Robert D. Atkinson, president and founder of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, discusses ITIF's latest publication, Open Data in the G8: A Review of Progress on the G8 Open Data Charter. The paper was launched at the High-Level Roundtable on Open Data, hosted by the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank.
Negotiations on the free flow of data could be considered as part the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but only after an agreement is reached on the EU’s data protection regulation, EU officials said yesterday (19 March).
After Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel expressed his support for data retention, the country’s centre-right alliance is optimistic that the grand coalition can reach an agreement on the issue. EurActiv Germany reports .
The European Union is the largest single market in the world, but it still consists of 28 fragmented digital markets, a structure Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger hopes to transform into a “Digital Union of Europe." EurActiv Germany reports .
European Union ministers agreed on Friday (13 March) to give more powers to a pan-European body of regulators to enforce a new data protection law, upsetting businesses who hoped more power would be devolved to individual national regulators.
An increase in cyber security attacks across commercial enterprises and service providers, and a consumer market wary of data privacy and protections, provide a backdrop for the forthcoming data privacy rule changes. Companies need to get ready fast, according to consultant Ryan Rubin.
During a visit to Paris on Tuesday (17 February), European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans told EU member states to improve cooperation on security, using the systems already in place. France called for better coordination of border checks for foreign fighters returning from Syria and elsewhere. EurActiv France reports .
Outcry from journalists has forced French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron to remove a "trade secrets" clause from his economic bill. Concerns are being raised over EU plans for a similar law. EurActiv France reports .