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03/12/2016

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

Topic: data protection


Trade & Society 02-12-2016

Netzpolitik editor: Trump will press on with 'insidious' TiSA deal

TTIP and CETA aren't the only controversial trade deals around. Net politics activist Markus Beckedahl told EurActiv Germany that the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a huge threat to data protection.
Transport 30-11-2016

Commission wants manufacturers to build more internet-connected cars

The European Commission wants car companies to make sure new models have a slew of digital technologies that can cut fuel use and be safer on roads, as part of an EU strategy on internet-connect vehicles published today (30 November).
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 17-11-2016

Russia blocks LinkedIn after court ruling

Russia's communications regulator ordered public access to LinkedIn's website to be blocked today (17 November) to comply with a court ruling that found the social networking firm guilty of violating data storage laws.
Enlargement 16-11-2016

Commission: Serbia should acknowledge the remit of independent bodies

Serbia should improve its understanding of independent bodies, including the Ombudsman, while its parliament should be more active in overseeing the government, the European Commission said in its annual Progress Report for Serbia. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Digital 03-11-2016

EU-US Privacy Shield pact faces second legal challenge

A new EU-US pact governing the transfer of personal data faces a second legal challenge, putting the details of the deal which underpins billions of dollars of transatlantic trade in digital services under further scrutiny.
Digital 28-10-2016

EU watchdogs ask Yahoo and WhatsApp to explain privacy breaches

The group of powerful data protection watchdogs from EU countries have reprimanded Yahoo and WhatsApp over concerns the companies are violating Europeans' privacy rights.
Digital 19-10-2016

ECJ rules in favour of Germany in IP address squabble

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled today (19 October) that Germany's government may collect and save the log data of visitors to its websites, in order for it to better resist hackers. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

'Anti-trade' MEP put in charge of controversial export control bill

Companies that lobbied to water down new EU rules that will make it harder to export some technology products are worried the MEP in charge of the controversial bill will be “anti-trade” and double down on the European Commission's controversial plans.
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.

EU struggles for balance on free flow of business data

German industries have urged caution when the European Commission presents its free flow of data initiative next month, warning that excessive open data requirements risk exposing trade secrets and chilling investments in the digital economy.
Trade & Society 11-10-2016

European Commission paralysed over data flows in TiSA trade deal

European Commission officials have struck a deal that could put a clause guaranteeing international data flows into a trade agreement with 22 countries outside the bloc, including the United States and Australia.

Commission plans cybersecurity rules for internet-connected machines

The European Commission is getting ready to propose new legislation to protect machines from cybersecurity breaches, signalling the executive's growing interest in encouraging traditional European manufacturers to build more devices that are connected to the internet.

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.
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Digital 30-09-2016

Free flow of data in industry: The end of trade secrets?

Digitisation and the use of “big data” in industry are expected to underpin much of Europe’s growth potential in the coming years.
Digital 28-09-2016

Commission proposes export controls to rein in surveillance technologies, to industry fury

EU companies are about to get hit with a controversial new export control law hampered by a wave of criticism this summer from technology firms, which contend that it will destroy their business abroad.
Trade & Society 20-09-2016

Juncker postpones controversial export control bill on surveillance technology

Jean-Claude Juncker intervened today (20 September) to postpone a controversial trade bill that would have made it more difficult for EU countries to export surveillance software, marking the second time this month that the Commission chief pulled the brakes on a high-profile technology file.
Digital 19-09-2016

Commission champions 'laissez-faire' in first response to FinTech revolution

The digital revolution in the financial sector will get a helping hand from EU regulators later this year when the European Commission tables new proposals for retail financing, with a clear objective: let the revolution flourish.
Digital 08-09-2016

Court Advisor: EU-Canada air passenger deal illegal

An EU-Canada deal to share air passenger data in a bid to fight terrorism cannot be passed in its present form as it would breach privacy laws, the chief legal advisor to the European Union's top court said Thursday (8 September).
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.
Digital 29-08-2016

European regulators to scrutinise WhatsApp privacy switch

Facebook's move to relax the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the world's most popular mobile messaging application, will be closely scrutinised, the chair of Europe's leading group of privacy regulators said on Monday (29 August).
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.