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Data protection 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.

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova
Data protection 06-04-2017

MEPs want Commission to toughen up Privacy Shield under Trump

The European Parliament wants the European Commission to 'Trump-proof' the Privacy Shield data sharing agreement between the EU and the United States after the new US administration threatened to roll back some privacy safeguards.

Digital 10-01-2017

Telecoms firms and internet services like WhatsApp face tougher new privacy rules

Telecoms providers will face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover if they're caught breaking new EU privacy rules that will also hit firms processing vast amounts of machine data in the internet of things.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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 13-04-2016

EU privacy watchdogs demand improvements to ‘Privacy Shield’

European privacy watchdogs gave a damning verdict of the Privacy Shield, the draft deal for data transfers from the EU to the US, and warned the European Commission to shore up gaps in the new agreement on national security agencies.

Digital 15-03-2016

Oettinger: Privacy Shield should take effect in June

The Privacy Shield data transfer agreement with the US could go into effect this June, EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said yesterday (14 March).

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova
Digital 29-02-2016

Commission wants EU-US ‘Privacy Shield’ by end of June

The European Commission is racing to rubberstamp its Privacy Shield agreement to allow companies to transfer data to the United States.

Digital 16-02-2016

Commission’s ‘Umbrella Agreement’ with US under fire from MEPs

The US-EU Safe Harbour agreement allowed over 4,000 companies to transfer data from the EU to the US - provided the companies guaranteed the data's security abroad.

 

Digital 27-11-2015

Commission to unveil Internet of Things plan by mid-2016

The European Commission is considering a comprehensive plan to support the growing connectivity between machines, but may settle for a more targeted initiative as part of its Digital Single Market strategy, EURACTIV has learned.

Google's office in Hamburg
Digital 28-10-2015

Tech industry association bashes German privacy watchdogs

The European tech industry is firing back against German data privacy chiefs, who announced this week that they would suspend data transfers to the United States and suggested businesses operating in Europe store data only in EU member states.

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PRISM scandal threatens EU-US ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) could be tempted to invalidate "Safe Harbour" agreements on data retention between the United States and the European Union because of the PRISM spying scandal, writes Yann Padova.

German Minister of Internal Affairs Thomas de Maizière attends a round table with IT experts in Washington D.C. [German Embassy to the United States]
Digital 27-06-2014

US-German ‘cyber dialogue’ begins amid spying tensions

Germany has called for global standards to protect people’s privacy on the Internet in the run-up to a "cyber dialogue" opening in Berlin today (27 June), less than a year after US intelligence services were caught red-handed tapping Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. EURACTIV Germany reports.

John Podesta, counselor to the US president
Digital 08-05-2014

Protecting Privacy in a Big Data World

Big data raises big questions. What does it mean for the relationship between citizens and governments, customers and businesses, workers and employers? As governments worldwide ponder how to deal with privacy in a 'big data age', John Podesta recommends to the US president Barack Obama that the protections of the 1974 Privacy Act should be extended to non-US citizens as well.

Digital 23-04-2013

US makes first public comment over draft EU data privacy law

A senior US official has met with European Commission staff in Brussels to share views on the overhaul of EU data protection rules and to assuage fears in Europe about a lack of robustness in the US privacy enforcement regime.

Digital 27-02-2013

Google and Spain wrestle over EU privacy law

Google did battle with Spain's data protection authority in Europe's highest court on Tuesday (26 February), in a case with global implications that poses one of the toughest questions of the Internet age: When is information really private?

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Digital 04-07-2012

MEPs say no to ACTA

After months of intense debate, the European Parliament on Wednesday finally rejected the controversial anti-piracy treaty ACTA.
With an outstanding majority of 478 negative votes, MEPs decided that no European member states will be able to join the treaty in its current form. ACTA was first proposed in 2007 to counter the trade of counterfeit good across borders.