Data protection

Cybersecurity 28-07-2021

Pegasus shows no backdoor will be used only by good guys, Proton CEO say

Commenting on a recent international mass surveillance scandal, a tech leader said encryption has made such operations impossible and its integrity should be maintained at all costs, but he pointed to Big Tech’s data collection practices as the source of privacy vulnerabilities.
Cybersecurity 23-07-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Pegasus affair, Schrems III, online anonymity questioned

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “These [allegations] have to be verified, but if it is the case, it is completely unacceptable, against any kind...
21-07-2021

The Brief – Big brother is watching you (again)

The Pegasus Project's revelations remind us that journalists, officials and activists all over the world are still closely being watched by national and foreign intelligence services.
21-07-2021

Austrian court refers Schrems’ Facebook complaint to EU Court

Austria's Supreme Court has asked the EU Court of Justice for clarification on the legality of Facebook's processing of personal data after data protection activist Max Schrems brought a case before it. The Court in Luxembourg will now decide whether the US giant respected the GDPR since it came into force in 2018.
16-07-2021

Digital Brief: DGA adopted, DSA opinion, WhatsApp complaints

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.  “We want to build up a European data economy. The personal data revolution was made by Facebook, Google and others....
16-07-2021

Parliament committee adopts act ‘to build up a European data economy’

The legislative proposal that will define data governance rules for industrial data across the EU received the green light in the relevant European Parliament committee on Friday (16 July). The committee on industry, research and energy adopted the report on...
12-07-2021

WhatsApp faces consumer groups’ complaint over new privacy policy

Several consumer organisations have launched a complaint against WhatsApp, accusing the messaging app of unduly pressuring users to accept its new privacy policy without explaining its consequences for personal data.
09-07-2021

Digital Brief: ePrivacy derogation adopted, YouTube’s algorithm, killer acquisitions

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “This interim regulation ends uncertainty for companies. It does not end the danger to children. This is only a...
07-07-2021

New European laws must protect children’s data

As education becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the need for regulation and oversight of the EdTech industry becomes more urgent and Europe should lead in the efforts to protect children’s data and futures, write Velislava Hillman, Ioanna Noula, and Ben Wagner.
06-07-2021

New EU law allows screening of online messages to detect child abuse

The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday (6 July) the final version of the ePrivacy derogation, a temporary measure enabling providers of electronic communication services to scan and report private online messages containing material depicting child sex abuse. The provisions also...
02-07-2021

German data watchdogs welcome end of ‘forum shopping’ under GDPR regime

Germany's data protection authorities have welcomed a ruling by the EU Court of Justice that gives national authorities more leeway in taking action against online platforms data branches under urgency provisions of the EU data protection framework. EURACTIV Germany reports.
01-07-2021

ePrivacy regulation not a priority for Slovenia’s digital agenda

The Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council that started on Thursday (1 July) will focus on cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Services Package, and roaming negotiations, while the long-pending ePrivacy Regulation is set to take a back seat.
01-07-2021

Outcry pushes Google to postpone third-party cookies ban to mid-2023

Faced with criticism from competitors and regulators, Google has postponed for mid-2023 its plan to put in place an alternative to third-party cookies, the Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC), acknowledging the need for more time and debate. EURACTIV France reports.
28-06-2021

Commission adopts UK data adequacy decision with provisos

The European Commission on Monday (28 June) adopted two adequacy decisions for the UK, including measures that would enable Brussels to revise the decision in case of changes in the UK legal framework.
Digital & Media 25-06-2021

Digital Brief: Calls for biometrical ban, online marketplaces’ threat, Germany’s antitrust crusade

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
22-06-2021

Report: Europe may lose €2 trillion in 10 years if uncertainty over data transfers continues

Restricting data flows in Europe might lead to economic damage worth €2 trillion by 2030, roughly the size of Italy’s economy, and result in two million fewer new jobs, a new industry study has warned.
22-06-2021

EU data watchdogs want ban on AI facial recognition

The EU's data protection agencies on Monday (21 June) called for an outright ban on using artificial intelligence to identify people in public places, pointing to the "extremely high" risks to privacy.
18-06-2021

How Europol’s reform enables ‘NSA-style’ surveillance operations

“More than 100 million”. That’s the number of encrypted messages that French and Dutch law enforcement announced they had collected after infiltrating Encrochat in 2020, a company selling encrypted communication services and devices.
18-06-2021

Digital Brief powered by ITI: EU-US summit, no one-stop shop, UK adequate

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.     “The US and the EU share the same values around privacy, its protection and democracies and open society, which...
15-06-2021

The untapped potential of data-driven healthcare

The COVID pandemic has been a wakeup call on the need to share healthcare data in a commonly usable format. The European Health Data Space would boost health research and underpin the development of personalized medical treatments, says Padraic Ward.
15-06-2021

EU Court: GDPR cross-border cases not limited to leading authority

Under exceptional conditions, data protection authorities have the power to open legal proceedings for GDPR infringement even when the organisation concerned is legally based in another EU country.
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...