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30/07/2016

Franco-German big data paper backs case-by-case competition scrutiny

Topic: data protection


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.
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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.
Digital 25-05-2016

Google’s new system raises fresh privacy concerns

EXCLUSIVE / Germany's data protection commissioner, Andrea Voßhoff, has urged caution when it comes to Google Home and Amazon Echo: the companies' flagship voice command services. EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Digital 20-05-2016

EU cybersecurity and police chiefs reach breakthrough agreement on encryption

Two EU agencies that have been on opposite sides of a heated debate over encryption just agreed on limits to law enforcement agencies' access to private data.
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.
Digital 19-05-2016

Google invokes free speech in French fine appeal

Google said Thursday (19 May) it feared for free speech if France succeeded in forcing it to apply the right to have information about a person removed from its search engines not just in France, but worldwide.
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 12-05-2016

Franco-German big data paper backs case-by-case competition scrutiny

Whether digital companies with large data sets – such as Facebook, and its WhatsApp subsidiary – could impose a risk on competition has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, German and French competition officials concluded on Tuesday (10 May). EurActiv’s partner PaRR reports.