Data protection

Cybersecurity 13-03-2019

Commission pursues ‘bilateral and multilateral cooperation’ with China as MEPs express deep concern

The European Commission has set out a series of concrete actions to "deepen its engagement with China to promote common interests," the bloc's top officials said on Tuesday (12 March). However, MEPs voiced concerns over "embedded backdoors" in Chinese tech that may put personal data in the EU at risk.
07-03-2019

Russian disinformation attempts to weaken ‘America’s commitment to Europe,’ US ambassador says

The Russian state is engaging in “subtle and insidious” disinformation campaigns that aim to “weaken America’s commitment to Europe” and “exploit the open market of ideas in our democracy,” the US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland has said.
Cybersecurity 05-03-2019

Global ‘lack of basic common understanding’ on cybersecurity, Huawei boss says

Governments and businesses worldwide “lack a basic common understanding” of cybersecurity issues, Huawei’s rotating chairman Ken Hu said at the opening of the company’s cybersecurity centre in Brussels on Tuesday (5 March), as he stressed the telco giant's commitment to watertight security standards.
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Cybersecurity 05-03-2019

Digital trust is built on standards and facts

Trust is the foundation for a healthy digital environment. But as technology evolves, building trust becomes more difficult. Telecom operators that once ran closed networks are now running open ones connected to the internet. The world lacks a common and unified understanding of cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity 05-03-2019

‘Concilliatory tone’ between EU and Huawei as teleco giant opens Brussels cybersecurity centre

High-level officials at the European Commission and the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei sought to build bridges on Monday (4 March), as Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip sat down with Huawei rotating chairman Ken Hu in an encounter described as "conciliatory" by a Huawei spokesperson.
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Digital 27-02-2019

EU tech industry is ready to compete, but asks for fair play

European digital services are successful, well-managed and ambitious businesses. They operate on a market that has a highly skilled workforce and more than 500 million consumers. Yet, they lag behind entities from the US and China when it comes to their global expansion and market value, writes Magdalena Piech.
Cybersecurity 27-02-2019

Chinese cybersecurity law is a ‘loaded weapon,’ senior US official says

China’s cybersecurity law allows the state to conduct foreign espionage projects, and its legislation is comparable to a “loaded gun” that the rest of the world should not want to stand in front of, a senior US official told EURACTIV on Wednesday (26 February). But Chinese officials were adamant that this was not the case.
Cybersecurity 20-02-2019

Microsoft detects cyberattacks on EU research groups

Microsoft has detected a range of coordinated cyberattacks against European think tanks and non-profit organizations which focus on issues related to "democracy, electoral integrity, and public policy" and have close connections with government officials.
19-02-2019

‘Digital gangsters’: UK parliament slams Facebook on data protection, disinformation

A UK Parliamentary report has singled out Facebook for failing to effectively protect user data and stem the spread of disinformation across its platform, saying that the tech giant "is unwilling to be accountable to regulators around the world."
EU Elections 2019 15-02-2019

Ahead of EU polls, Facebook voids accounts targeting Moldovan election

Facebook Inc said on Thursday (14 February) it had disrupted an attempt to influence voters in Moldova, increasing concerns that EU elections in May could be prey to malign activity.
14-02-2019

Brexit: ‘No special contingency measures‘ for data flows, EU says

"No special contingency measures for data flows" will be taken out in the case of a no-deal Brexit, according to documents released on Monday (11 February) .
08-02-2019

Germany to restrict Facebook’s data gathering activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent.
01-02-2019

Apple, Google and Facebook embroiled in new tech war

Apple shut down Google’s distribution of internal iOS apps on Thursday (31 January), following allegations that the search engine giant had violated Apple’s app distribution policy in wrongly collecting user data for internal research. The move came a day after Apple imposed similar restrictions on Facebook.
31-01-2019

Apple bans Facebook from tech tools for tracking teen browsing habits

Apple said on Wednesday (30 January) it had banned Facebook from a program designed to let businesses control iPhones used by their employees, claiming the social networking company had improperly used it to track the web-browsing habits of teenagers.
30-01-2019

EU Commission hits out at Facebook’s disinformation report

European Commission Security Chief Julian King criticised the "patchy, opaque and self-selecting" reporting provided by Facebook and other tech giants following their bids to comply with the EU's code of practice against disinformation on Tuesday (29 January).
28-01-2019

Facebook doesn’t have all the answers, says Clegg, as social media giant clamps down on political ads

Facebook users looking to run paid-for political advertisements will be required to abide by a set of new rules in the run-up to the European elections, the head of the social media giant's global affairs Nick Clegg said on Monday (28 January).
28-01-2019

95,000 complaints issued to EU Data Protection Authorities

Recent figures issued from the European Data Protection Board to the European Commission reveal that EU Data Protection Authorities have received more than 95,000 complaints from citizens across the continent.
25-01-2019

Trump’s privacy ombudsman nomination ‘is not a concession’, says EU

The EU's Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, responded on Thursday (24 January) to US President Trump's recent nomination of an ombudsperson to oversee the EU-US privacy shield agreement, saying that the announcement came "later than expected."   
23-01-2019

US to appoint permanent Privacy Shield Ombudsperson, as EU pressure tells

The Trump Administration plans to nominate a permanent Ombudsperson for the EU’s data protection agreement with the US, the White House said last week (18 January). The announcement comes after months of pressure on the issue from the EU.
Cybersecurity 23-01-2019

Ansip uncovered: Commission Vice-President on disinformation, Huawei, copyright

EURACTIV's Digital Editor, Samuel Stolton, sat down with Vice-President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip, to speak about his recent decision to stand as an MEP, disinformation, 'those' Huawei comments and the difficulties with the copyright directive.
22-01-2019

France hits Google with €50 million GDPR fine

By hitting Google with a fine, the French data regulatory authority has set a precedent which may rattle digital leaders across Europe - the derelictions of duty which Google is accused of in France are shared by many other operators. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 21-01-2019

Copyright directive faces further setback as final trilogue postponed

The controversial EU copyright directive faces a further setback after the final inter-institutional negotiations set to take place on Monday evening (21 January) were cancelled on Friday.
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.

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