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25/08/2016

Parliament asks Commission to renegotiate Privacy Shield

Topic: data protection


Digital 24-08-2016

EU backs Franco-German bid for access to encrypted messages

France and Germany want to compel operators of mobile messaging services to provide access to encrypted content to terrorism investigations, after a series of deadly attacks in both countries.
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 05-08-2016

WhatsApp and Skype targeted in Commission's revamp of telecoms laws

Internet companies like WhatsApp and Skype are worried they'll have to comply with new EU telecoms laws for the first time when the European Commission proposes a legislative overhaul this September.

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.
Trade & Society 03-08-2016

Tech industry, privacy advocates pressure Commission on export control bill

Technology industry groups are rushing to lobby the European Commission to change a draft bill, before it's proposed in September, that would require export controls on surveillance products.
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 28-07-2016

Merkel defends refugee policy, vows action on 'darknet' after terror attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (28 July) that terrorists threatened Germany's readiness to take in refugees but her government would maintain its policy towards asylum seekers.
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.
Trade & Society 22-07-2016

Commission plans export controls for surveillance technology

EXCLUSIVE / Technology companies may face stricter licensing requirements to export products that could be used to violate human rights, as part of a change to EU rules.
Digital 12-07-2016

Privacy Shield forced US to be 'transparent' about intelligence agencies

The controversial Privacy Shield agreement, which was signed today (12 July), forced the United States to be unusually transparent about the operations of its intelligence agencies, a top American official has claimed.
Digital 08-07-2016

Privacy Shield agreement signed off despite vote abstentions

EU member states today (8 July) signed off on the controversial Privacy Shield agreement for data transfers to the US, locking down the final deal after the European Commission haggled for months with the US over legal details.
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.
UK & Europe 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."
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Digital 24-06-2016

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

SPECIAL REPORT / 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.
Digital 22-06-2016

Better Regulation Agenda may hold back digital innovation

A lack of suitable EU regulation may be holding back Europe’s digital innovators from becoming global competitors, politicians have warned. EurActiv France reports.
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.
NewsSpecial Report
Digital 21-06-2016

EU politicians convert to 'big data' as campaign weapon

SPECIAL REPORT / US politicians are the acknowledged forerunners when it comes to using digital technologies in election campaigns. But Europeans are making strides in their attempt to catch up, with the 2014 EU election providing a testing ground for big data analysts.
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Digital 20-06-2016

Europe’s rude awakening to big data politics

SPECIAL REPORT / To many in the Brussels bubble, the big data revolution came as a rude awakening, with revelations of mass-scale eavesdropping by US intelligence. Although EU policymakers have now embraced the economic potential of big data, privacy fears are never far in the distance
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
UK & Europe 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.
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Digital 06-06-2016

New EU digital laws could boost specialised cybersecurity insurance

SPECIAL REPORT / Newly passed EU laws on data protection and cybersecurity could be a boon for insurance companies, which are set to pick up more clients once the rules go into effect in 2018.
Digital 02-06-2016

EU, US sign 'Umbrella Agreement' on data protection

The European Union and the United States on Thursday signed a deal to protect personal data transferred across the Atlantic in a bid to fight crime and terrorism.
Digital 31-05-2016

Data protection watchdog: Privacy Shield is 'not robust enough'

The EU's top privacy watchdog blasted the still pending Privacy Shield agreement yesterday (30 May), dealing a blow to the European Commission-brokered data transfer agreement with the United States.
Digital 26-05-2016

Parliament asks Commission to renegotiate Privacy Shield

The European Parliament has asked the Commission to reopen negotiations with the United States and shore up gaps in the Privacy Shield agreement.