Data protection

Global Europe 10-06-2021

Portugal handed data on anti-Putin protesters to Moscow

Authorities in the Portuguese capital admitted on Thursday (10 June) that they had handed over the personal details of three organisers of an anti-Kremlin demonstration to the Russian embassy in Lisbon, a move that has prompted much eyebrow-raising in Brussels.
08-06-2021

Apple doubles down on privacy in new iPhone software

Apple on Monday (7 June) said it is ramping up privacy and expanding features in new iPhone operating software to be released later this year.
Digital & Media 04-06-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: DSA/DMA parliamentary debates, new SCCs, copyright earmarked

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We need to prevent “dark patterns”. The Commission should be able to assess algorithms and impose measures in case...
China 03-06-2021

MEPs sound the alarm over Chinese mass surveillance project in Belgrade

The European Parliament is taking a close look at China's high-tech present to Serbia, a mass surveillance system that involves the installation of thousands of smart surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition features, MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Greens/EFA, France) told EURACTIV in an interview.
02-06-2021

Cloud development in Europe passes by GDPR compliance

The two recently approved Codes of Conduct for the cloud industry, which will be open to everyone willing to subscribe, could foster the uptake of a technology at the heart of the digital economy, following a green light from the European Data Protection Board.
31-05-2021

Activists launch action against ‘cookie banner terror’

A group of online privacy activists said Monday (31 May) it is taking action against hundreds of websites over their use of pop-up banners asking users to consent to "cookies", the files that track users' activity.
Digital & Media 28-05-2021

Digital Brief powered by The Coalition to Stop Stalker Ads: DMA enforcement, GDPR turns 3

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We are firmly believing that innovation is hampered. Competition is not as good as it could be. Therefore, not...
26-05-2021

e-Evidence regulation: controversy continues in trilogue discussions

The controversial European e-Evidence regulation, aimed at improving cross-border access to electronic evidence, continues to be discussed among EU institutions, as the positions of the European Parliament and Council remain distant on the notification mechanism.
Global Europe 25-05-2021

Trouble for Facebook and major challenge for Europe

The 14 May rejection by the Irish High Court of an appeal by Facebook against the proposals by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) spells trouble for Facebook and poses real challenges for the EU, writes Dick Roche.
21-05-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: Parliament bashing US data transfers, Ireland’s GDPR enforcement, UK adequacy decision

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission must not repeat the same mistakes by negotiating and signing off on data transfer agreements with third...
20-05-2021

MEPs call for infringement procedure against Ireland

The European Parliament voted on Thursday (20 May) in favour of a resolution calling on the European Commission to open an infringement procedure against Ireland for failing to enforce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Global Europe 17-05-2021

Facebook faces prospect of ‘devastating’ data transfer ban after Irish ruling

Ireland's data regulator can resume a probe that may trigger a ban on Facebook's transatlantic data transfers, the High Court ruled, raising the prospect of a stoppage that the company warns would have a devastating impact on its business.
14-05-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: state aid debacle, DSA anti-disinformation, data flows

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.  “The Commission is using all tools at its disposal to fight unfair tax practices.” – Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager Story...
13-05-2021

Global data transfer uncertainty undermines EU digital ambitions

Three years after the EU's flagship GDPR data protection regulation came into force, confusion over international data transfers following the landmark Schrems II ruling is hampering new technologies and jeopardising the bloc's digital agenda.
12-05-2021

China’s third way on data governance

Last year, China launched its bid to shape global data governance, eager to create its own approach alongside those created by the United States and the EU. Since then, it has been working on a comprehensive data protection framework that could be a game-changer for potential Western investors.
Cybersecurity 11-05-2021

Germany sees cybercrime jump as work shifts online in pandemic

Germany's shift towards digitalisation due to the coronavirus pandemic has come with a significant rise in cybercrime, according to a report by the country's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). EURACTIV Germany reports.
30-04-2021

Digital Brief: Apple scrutinised, TERREG approved, ePrivacy derogated

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “By setting strict rules on the App store that disadvantage competing music streaming services, Apple deprives users of cheaper...
30-04-2021

EU-US in collision course on privacy

For seven decades the United States and Europe have been moving in different directions on the right to privacy, and these days a major clash on the issue is now very much in prospect, writes Dick Roche.
29-04-2021

LEAKED: Trialogue negotiations close to agreement on ePrivacy derogation, sources say

EU lawmakers are close to reaching a compromise on a controversial regulation aimed at combating child sexual abuse online, according to a leaked compromise document obtained by EURACTIV. The negotiating process is ‘possible to likely’ to end on Wednesday (29 April), sources involved in the talks between national governments and MEPs told this website.
Digital & Media 27-04-2021

German business groups file complaint over Apple privacy settings

Germany's media, internet and advertising industries on Monday filed an antitrust complaint against Apple, alleging that new iPhone privacy settings represent a market abuse and a violation of competition law.
Digital & Media 23-04-2021

Digital Brief: AI package unveiled, European Media Freedom Act, democratic 5G

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. You are also welcome to contact me for signals and follow me on Twitter.   “On Artificial Intelligence, trust is a...
23-04-2021

France speeds up implementation of its ‘health pass’

Since 19 April,  PCR test results in France have been authenticated using a QR code and officially certified within the "Tous AntiCovid" application, which should also integrate vaccination certificates from 29 April.
16-04-2021

Google backs EU plans to fight child sexual abuse

Google has said it backs the need for a derogation from the ePrivacy directive and supports the notion of creating a European centre that would cover law enforcement, prevention and victim support at the EU level.
16-04-2021

France to decide whether to allow widespread retention of connection data

France's Council of State, the country's highest legal entity, is meeting on Friday (16 April) to finally decide whether to allow the widespread retention of connection data despite the Court of Justice in Luxembourg having already ruled against the practice several times. EURACTIV France reports.