Data protection

Global Europe 09-04-2021

The challenge of protecting European privacy from Uncle Sam’s snoopers

The findings of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in the two cases arising from complaints against Facebook by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems highlight the fundamentally opposed approaches towards data and personal privacy in the EU and the US, writes Dick Roche.
EU regulators have been urged to 'intervene immediately' into the operation of video-sharing app TikTok, following the trend of 'Blackout Challenges' across social media, which have led to a series of deaths among young people.
07-04-2021

EU regulators urged to ‘intervene immediately’ into suicide games on TikTok

EU regulators have been urged to 'intervene immediately' into the operation of video-sharing app TikTok, following the trend of 'Blackout Challenges' across social media, which have led to a series of deaths among young people.
01-04-2021

French data watchdog to start checking cookie policy compliance

France's data protection watchdog CNIL will from Thursday (1 April) begin conducting checks to ensure websites are in compliance with new guidelines on advertising trackers after the deadline it granted expired. EURACTIV France reports.
MEPs have said that a 'lack of political will and resources' has resulted in a laggard approach to enforcement of the EU's general data protection regulation (GDPR), criticizing, in particular, the lack of sanctions dished out by the Irish data protection authority.
26-03-2021

MEPs rue lack of GDPR sanctions issued by Irish data authority

MEPs have said that "a lack of political will and resources" had resulted in a laggard approach to enforcement of the EU's general data protection regulation (GDPR), singling out in particular the lack of sanctions dished out by the Irish data protection authority.
The European Court of Justice has been asked to clarify whether Germany's competition authority can order Facebook to put a halt to its data collection practices, due to concerns over alleged abuse of its dominant position and violations of EU data protection law.  
24-03-2021

German legal dispute over Facebook data use sent to European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has been asked to clarify whether Germany's competition authority was right to order Facebook to halt its data collection practices, due to concerns over alleged abuse of its dominant market position and violations of EU data protection law.
The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol's new 'decryption platform' will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will have closely-guarded access rights over the data retrieved as part of the operation of the technology.
24-03-2021

Commission seeks to calm fears over Europol’s decryption platform

The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol's new decryption platform will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will maintain closely guarded access rights over the data retrieved.
The European Commission is 'not naive' to the UK's future ambitions in the data space and will be 'prepared' to suspend transfers of personal data to the country should the UK in the future diverge from EU standards, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.
17-03-2021

Commission ‘not naive’ about UK’s data ambitions, Reynders assures MEPs

The European Commission is 'not naive' to the UK's future ambitions in the data space and will be 'prepared' to suspend transfers of personal data to the country should the UK in the future diverge from EU standards, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.
16-03-2021

France to use CCTV to monitor mask-wearing on public transport

France has authorised the use of surveillance cameras to monitor whether passengers on public transport are abiding by the requirement to wear masks. EURACTIV France reports.
12-03-2021

Data Privacy post COVID-19: What has changed and where do we go now?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started last year, privacy has been in the spotlight, becoming an even more important priority, both for individuals and companies. European citizens and businesses have had to radically realign their lives to the new reality. While...
Health 19-02-2021

French decision to have Microsoft host Health Data Hub still attracts criticism

The French government's decision to have Microsoft host the country's Health Data Hub is causing outrage in the French and European digital ecosystem, it is also worrying data protection advocates. EURACTIV France reports.
17-02-2021

French senators debate over-reliance on databases

As the so-called "global security law" opened Pandora's box in France regarding privacy protection, the national parliament's upper house debated last week whether too many people are featured within the country's databases for identification, administrative or surveillance purposes. EURACTIV France reports.
11-12-2020

German competition body opens joint case against Facebook, Oculus

Germany's Federal Competition Authority has opened additional proceedings against Facebook. This time it involves the virtual reality glasses of the Oculus brand, as it is planned that only Facebook users will be allowed to use these glasses in future. EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU sets out plan to expand Europol’s counter-terror mandate

The European Commission proposed to expand the mandate of the European police agency Europol and reinforce external border controls as part of the bloc's broader counter-terrorism strategy, presented on Wednesday (9 December).
There is a way to sustain online publishing and uphold privacy, says Karolina Iwańska.
07-12-2020

The ePrivacy saga: the false choice between privacy and funding online publishing

As the Council seems to have (yet again) failed to adopt a general approach for the ePrivacy regulation, one question that bears asking is: would more exceptions for online tracking support online publishers or the advertising industry? Karolina Iwańska argues that here is a way to sustain online publishing and uphold privacy
The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country's data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards in the field.
Brexit 24-11-2020

UK firms face hefty compliance costs without EU data deal, report warns

British firms face a bill of up to £1.6 billion if Boris Johnson’s government fails to convince the EU to grant an adequacy decision allowing dataflows to continue, according to a new report published on Monday (23 November).
Development Policy 11-11-2020

EU criticised over surveillance aid in nations where privacy at risk

European Union aid has been used to pay for surveillance equipment and training in countries with inadequate safeguards against excessive state snooping, rights groups said on Wednesday (11 November), calling for an end to the "unacceptable" practice.
Connected devices in use across the EU should be subject to new cybersecurity standards throughout a product's "entire life cycle," draft Council Conclusions on the subject obtained by EURACTIV say.
Cybersecurity 05-11-2020

German EU presidency pushes for cybersecurity ‘by design’ in connected devices

Laptops, smart phones and other connected devices in Europe should be subject to new cybersecurity standards throughout the "entire life cycle" of products, according to draft EU Council conclusions on the subject, obtained by EURACTIV.
Transport 29-10-2020

Trust is crucial in unlocking power of data sharing, MEP says

Transport is turning increasingly to digitalisation to cut costs, boost services and reduce emissions. But the potential of data sharing, seen as a major opportunity and challenge in equal measure, needs to be unlocked. MEP Josianne Cutajar explained how the EU aims to do just that.
The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country's data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards in the field.
14-10-2020

UK government under pressure to prove data adequacy to EU

The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country's data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards.
Cybersecurity 12-10-2020

‘Five Eyes’ alliance demands ways to access encrypted apps

The "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance demanded Sunday that tech companies insert "backdoors" in encrypted apps to allow law enforcement agencies the access they say they need to police online criminality.
The European Commission is looking for further assurances from US video conferencing platform Zoom regarding the security of its technology
07-10-2020

Commission presses Zoom for security assurances but continues to use platform

The European Commission is looking for further assurances from US video conferencing platform Zoom regarding the security of its technology, after concerns emerged earlier this year over the company's privacy protocols.
07-10-2020

Mass surveillance permitted only for national security concerns, EU court says

EU countries are permitted to carry out the indiscriminate transmission and retention of communications data only when there is a 'serious threat to national security', the bloc's highest court ruled on Tuesday (6 October).
01-10-2020

COVID-19: an excuse for increased digital surveillance?

To monitor the spread of the new coronavirus, EU member states have taken additional surveillance measures at the expense of fundamental rights. EURACTIV France reports.
The former chief of disgraced data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, has not disputed accusations that he engaged in unethical commercial practices including 'bribery' and 'voter disengagement campaigns,' in a disqualification undertaking that will see him banned from heading-up companies for seven-years.
24-09-2020

Ex-Cambridge Analytica boss admits to ‘unethical services’, accepts seven-year ban

The European Commission is not able to say when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available, EU health chief Stella Kyriakides admitted on Thursday (24 September), even though a senior EU official voiced hope earlier this month that the first vaccine could have market authorisation as early as November.