Data protection

14-09-2021

Cookies: French data protection watchdog welcomes increased compliance

Following on from its guidelines on the rules to be applied to cookies, the French data protection authority (CNIL) drew up on Tuesday (14 September) the results of its second campaign of formal notices sent to companies for non-compliance with the legislation on cookies.
14-09-2021

France’s parliament considers use of drones by police, again

French members of parliament will start examining on Tuesday (14 September) a bill on criminal responsibility and internal security, intended to provide a long-awaited legal framework for the use of drones by law enforcement agencies.
13-09-2021

Ireland’s privacy watchdog accused of paralysing GDPR enforcement

A new report from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has accused Ireland’s data protection watchdog of pulling the breaks on the enforcement of the EU's data protection regulation (GDPR) in Europe and called on the European Commission to intervene, warning that the GDPR was "silently falling".
Digital & Media 10-09-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Nvidia seeks clearance, Germany’s conflicting views, DMA & DSA Council updates

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 working through the regulatory process and we look forward to engaging with the European Commission to address...
Digital & Media 03-09-2021

Digital Brief: Big Tech, Big Lobbying, Ireland’s fine, politics-free Facebook

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 open to meeting anyone who wishes to speak to us. The Commission does not, and will...
02-09-2021

Irish data privacy watchdog fines WhatsApp 225 million euros

Ireland hit Facebook's WhatsApp with a record 225 million euro ($266 million) fine on Thursday following an inquiry into the messaging app's transparency around sharing personal data with other Facebook companies.
27-08-2021

Afghan crisis accelerates automated controls at EU borders

EU and national authorities are increasingly deploying high-tech surveillance systems at the bloc’s external borders, a trend that could accelerate as some countries seek to block refugees arriving from Afghanistan, raising questions about the ethical implications of these technologies. Greece...
Cybersecurity 27-08-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: US national (cyber)security, UK tech superpower bid

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “I’ve invited you all here today because you have the power, the capacity, and the responsibility, I believe, to...
27-08-2021

EU privacy watchdog calls for stricter data use to guarantee fair access to credit

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has invited the European Commission to clarify its proposal for a directive on consumer credit to ensure the limited and appropriate use of consumers' personal data and guarantee fair access to credit for all Europeans.
26-08-2021

UK launches global data plans to become a ‘technological superpower’

The UK government announced plans on Thursday (26 August) for international data partnerships and a more innovation-friendly privacy law, which could collide with the EU data protection standards and jeopardise data flows between London and mainland Europe.
20-08-2021

China passes tough new online privacy law

China passed a sweeping privacy law aimed at preventing businesses from collecting sensitive personal data Friday, as the country faces an uptick in internet scams and Beijing targets tech giants hoovering up personal data.
19-08-2021

I confess I’ve got things to hide

In recent years there has been a backlash against encryption by governments and policy makers across the world.  However, encryption is critical for our digital society’s safety, writes David Frautschy. David Frautschy is the director for European government and regulatory...
19-08-2021

Pressure ramps up on Apple to back out from its ‘surveillance’ plan

An open letter signed by more than 90 civil society organisations on Thursday (19 August) urged Apple to abandon its recently announced plan to introduce scanning features to detect child sexual abuse material.
18-08-2021

Luxembourg emerges as Europe’s sanctions leader on data breaches

Which European countries impose the most or the largest GDPR fines? After last month's record sanction for Amazon, EURACTIV takes a closer look.
18-08-2021

Afghans scramble to delete digital history, evade biometrics

Thousands of Afghans struggling to ensure the physical safety of their families after the Taliban took control of the country have an additional worry: that biometric databases and their own digital history can be used to track and target them....
17-08-2021

Hamburg privacy watchdog slams use of Zoom

Hamburg's privacy watchdog has issued an official warning to public authorities on using Zoom, advancing a strict interpretation of international data transfers under the EU's data regime.
30-07-2021

Schrems has Facebook data processing in sights for next coup

After notorious data activist Max Schrems already brought down the EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer agreement, his next coup could turn Facebook's entire data processing upside down. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Schrems spoke about his new case against the tech giant and the impact it could have.
29-07-2021

Le Figaro publisher fined €50,000 for GDPR violation 

French publisher Société du Figaro has been fined by the Commission Nationale d’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) after the website of Le Figaro was discovered to be installing third party advertising cookies without users’ consent. 
29-07-2021

Irish watchdog given one month to finalise Whatsapp privacy ruling

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp will learn within a month the extent of a fine by Ireland's privacy watchdog over an alleged breach of the EU privacy framework following a binding decision by the bloc's data protection board.
Cybersecurity 28-07-2021

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

Commenting on a recent cyber-surveillance scandal, a tech leader said encryption has made mass operations impossible and its integrity should be maintained at all costs, but he also pointed to Big Tech’s data collection practices as a major 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....