Data protection

Cybersecurity 21-12-2018

The nightmare before Christmas: Cybersecurity risks for children’s toys

The lack of a legal framework to protect children's toys against cybersecurity risks could prove to have damaging consequences, a leading European consumer rights group has warned ahead of the Christmas festivities, advising parents that some of those toys should not even be kept at home.
19-12-2018

Privacy shield review: EU renews calls for permanent ombudsperson

The European Commission has put pressure on US authorities to nominate a permanent ombudsperson for its data protection agreement with the US, with Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová saying that her "patience is coming to an end" on the issue.
18-12-2018

Twitter tumbles on concerns about hacking activity

Twitter shares fell almost 7 percent on Monday after the company said it was investigating unusual traffic that might be from state-sponsored hackers and, in what appeared to be an unrelated issue, a security firm said hackers used the platform to try to steal user data.
Cybersecurity 13-12-2018

Huawei $2 billion security pledge followed walkout by British official: sources

Huawei’s relations with British authorities hit a low last month when a top official walked out of a meeting with the Chinese company over its perceived failure to fix security holes in its products, sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.
Cybersecurity 11-12-2018

EU negotiators reach agreement on cybersecurity act

Representatives from the European Commission, Council and Parliament on Monday (10 December) evening banded together to strengthen the bloc's Cybersecurity efforts, reaching agreement on the EU's cybersecurity act.
06-12-2018

Facebook gave data on user’s friends to certain companies – documents

Facebook Inc offered some companies, including Netflix and Airbnb, access to data about users’ friends it did not make available to most other apps in 2015, according to documents released by a British lawmaker who said the social media company dodged questions about privacy practices and market dominance.
05-12-2018

E-Evidence: A threat to people’s fundamental rights?

EU justice ministers are set to approve a regulation this Friday (7 December) that will require EU-based tech companies to turn over electronic evidence within hours of a court order. The regulation, however, could pose a threat to people’s fundamental rights.
Cybersecurity 04-12-2018

The security of European citizens: What role for e-evidence?

Nowadays, the success of criminal investigations is increasingly reliant on the ability of law enforcement to obtain electronic evidence. This shift to the digital space is posing complex challenges due to the international character and lack of borders in the digital world.
Cybersecurity 03-12-2018

Czech security service says Russia behind cyber attacks on ministry

Russia’s intelligence services were behind cyber attacks targeting the Czech foreign ministry last year, the Czech security service said on Monday in its annual report.
Cybersecurity 03-12-2018

‘God help us’: Khashoggi’s hacked WhatsApp messages provide clues about killing

Messages obtained from the WhatsApp account of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi shine a light on the possible reasons behind his death, depicting the full extent of his animosity towards Saudi Arabia and his plans to establish an "electronic army" of activists against the regime.
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03-12-2018

EU terrorist content legislation is targeting the wrong players

The European Union wants Cloud Infrastructure Providers to snoop on their customer’s data, slowing down their digital transformation and immediately bringing to a halt the protections of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Cybersecurity 30-11-2018

Germany: Critical cyberattacks target government and military networks

German security services have revealed that critical national infrastructures such as government and military networks have been the target of a series of cyberattacks in November, raising broader concerns about their overall resilience.
Cybersecurity 30-11-2018

UK intelligence services: We don’t disclose every cyber vulnerability

In a landmark move, the UK intelligence services unveiled on Thursday (29 November) the process by which they decide to disclose security vulnerabilities to technology firms. Not every weakness discovered in a system is always disclosed to the company in question, they revealed. 
27-11-2018

UK and Dutch data protection bodies fine Uber for breaches

Global ridesharing giant Uber has been hit with fines from both UK and Dutch data protection authorities after attackers gained access to the personal information of around 50 million users worldwide.
27-11-2018

European consumer groups want regulators to act against Google tracking

Consumer agencies in the Netherlands, Poland and five other European Union countries asked privacy regulators on Tuesday to take action against Google for allegedly tracking the movements of millions of users in breach of the bloc's new privacy law.
23-11-2018

Facebook to pay €100m in Italian fiscal accord, while appealing UK fine

Facebook has agreed to pay more than €100 million to end a fiscal fraud dispute, Italian tax authorities said on Thursday (23 October). The announcement came as the social media giant pledged to appeal against an October fine of around €565,000 from the UK's data protection authority.
Cybersecurity 19-11-2018

‘Potentially devastating’ cybersecurity risks for UK, report finds

The UK's joint committee on the National Security Structure published a damning report on Britain's critical national infrastructure (CNI) on Monday (19 November), saying that cyber threats range across a number of sectors including energy, health services, transport and water.
07-11-2018

Eurobarometer survey: Jourová rings ‘alarm bells’ ahead of EU Elections

EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová has delivered a stark message to member states ahead of the European elections in 2019, warning on Tuesday (6 November) that "the risk of interference and manipulation has never been so high."
07-11-2018

Facebook referred to EU watchdog over targeting, fake ads

Britain's information watchdog has asked Facebook's lead European regulator to investigate how the company targets, monitors and shows adverts to users, saying it was concerned about some practices at the world's biggest social network.
07-11-2018

UK data chief demands overhaul of campaign rules after Brexit

The UK’s data chief has called for a new code of practice on the use of digital information in political campaigning in a new report published on Tuesday (6 November) in the wake of data scandals connected to the Brexit referendum.
26-10-2018

Ecuador no longer to intervene with UK for WikiLeaks Assange – foreign minister

Ecuador does not plan to intervene with the British government on behalf of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in talks over his situation as an asylee in the South American country’s London embassy, Ecuador’s foreign minister said on Tuesday (23 October).
26-10-2018

Fighting digital authoritarianism: three proposals on how to tackle online interference

Our democracies in Europe are under attack from all sides – and online manipulations through fake news are at the heart of this threat.

Brexit 26-10-2018

Data talks not started, admits minister as UK faces EU ‘data wall’

Concerns are growing that the UK will face a post-Brexit 'data wall' that will stymie the €272 billion of trade in Europe that relies on data flows.
25-10-2018

Facebook hit with UK’s maximum fine as EU officials praise privacy efforts

Senior EU officials extolled the successes of the bloc’s data protection regulations on Thursday (25 October), as Facebook was fined £500,000 for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.