Data protection

5G 23-07-2019

Ren Zhengfei: ‘Very likely’ Huawei products will be used in UK core 5G networks

Huawei 5G equipment will most probably be used in core aspects of the UK's future 5G network infrastructure, the founder of the Chinese telecommunications giant, Ren Zhengfei has said. His claim runs contrary to the previous stance held by the UK cabinet, which was to permit the company access only to 'non-core' aspects of the country's 5G networks.
5G 22-07-2019

Huawei blocks over a hundred products from market due to security concerns

The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has blocked more than a hundred products from being released on the market due to concerns that the items do not meet security standards, EURACTIV has learnt.
04-07-2019

Facebook, privacy activist Schrems face off in July 9 court hearing

Facebook will face Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems next week at Europe’s top court in a landmark case that could affect how hundreds of thousands of companies transfer personal data worldwide as well as Europeans’ privacy rights.
23-06-2019

European central bankers claim oversight over Facebook’s cryptocurrency

Three European central bankers are claiming oversight over Facebook’s planned virtual currency to ensure it will not jeopardise the financial system or be used to launder money.
07-06-2019

Europeans still anxious about AI facial recognition

Technology experts are usually among the first to embrace new and emerging digital tools. But that idea was put to the test at a stakeholders' gathering about artificial-intelligence–enabled facial recognition this week at the Microsoft Center in Brussels.
05-06-2019

Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

Google’s privacy woes are set to increase after campaigners on Tuesday (4 June) filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way it deals with data in online advertising.
03-06-2019

Irish Supreme Court rejects Facebook bid to block ECJ data case

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will hear a landmark privacy case regarding the transfer of EU citizens’ data to the United States in July, after Facebook’s bid to stop its referral was blocked by Ireland’s Supreme Court on Friday (31 May).
22-05-2019

Jourova urges member states to respect ‘the spirit of the GDPR’

EU member states must "respect to the letter and the spirit of the GDPR," Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová said  on Wednesday (22 May), after it transpired that some member states are yet to adapt their national legislation to fall in line with EU rules.
14-05-2019

User data on the Internet: Manipulation as a business model

European election campaigns are well underway and online votes are also being sought. In such situations, the temptation to misuse data is great, as the Cambridge Analytica scandal in the US elections demonstrated. In the EU, parties have also long relied on advanced data analysis, but is this still legal? EURACTIV Germany talked to a communication expert.
10-05-2019

Vestager calls for more access to data for smaller platforms

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager made a suggestion at the re:publica conference in Berlin: "Access to data has to be redesigned so that newcomers can compete with big tech giants".  In a discussion with EURACTIV, she also drew parallels with a recent complaint by Spotify and similar lawsuits. EURACTIV Germany reports.
5G 30-04-2019

US ‘undermining political independence of Europe,’ Huawei says

The US campaign against Chinese telecoms manufacturers is undermining the "political independence of Europe" to decide commercial partnerships for itself, Huawei has warned.
Cybersecurity 25-04-2019

UK cyber boss downplays threat of Five Eyes security rift over Huawei

The head of Britain’s cyber centre said governments in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance had not always been aligned over Huawei, downplaying any threat of a rift as the UK prepares to give the Chinese company access to 5G networks.
copyright 18-04-2019

‘We are talking about breaking monopolies like Facebook,’ says Barley, who tops SPD’s EU election list

In an interview with our partner DerTagesspiegel, German Justice Minister Katarina Barley explains why she wants digital firms to share their collected data with the public, and to limit the power of companies such as Facebook and Amazon.
5G 16-04-2019

Belgian cybersecurity agency finds no threat from Huawei, as US increase pressure

Belgium’s centre for cybersecurity has found no evidence that telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei Technology could be used for spying. The news comes as US authorities renew their campaign in Europe against the Chinese telecoms giant. 
11-04-2019

Austria plans to force social media to identify users as bar to hate speech

Austria’s right-wing government plans to force large social and traditional media to verify their users’ identity so that individuals can be tracked down if they post hate speech online anonymously, it said on Wednesday. The measure, part of a bill...
Cybersecurity 08-04-2019

EU tests cyber resilience ahead of May elections

EU institutions have put their cyber systems to the test in a bid to assess the efficiency of responses to attacks against critical network infrastructure ahead of European elections in May.
05-04-2019

Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics

EU antitrust regulators should consider forcing tech giants such as Google and Amazon to share their data with rivals rather than break them up, three academics enlisted by the European Commission said on Thursday (4 April).
03-04-2019

‘Regulation will not solve Facebook’s problems,’ Commission says

Better regulation won't divert attention away from Facebook's shortfalls in other areas, European Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told EURACTIV.com, criticising Mark Zuckerberg's recent call for tighter regulatory frameworks on internet services.
Agrifood 28-03-2019

Digitalising agriculture: Opportunities and market control

With the new CAP, the EU Commission is set to foster innovation and digitalisation in agriculture. German companies are hoping for multi-billion euro deals, yet management and infrastructural issues stand in the way.
Cybersecurity 28-03-2019

UK identifies fresh Huawei risks to telecom networks

Britain has identified "significant" issues in Chinese giant Huawei's engineering processes that pose "new risks" for the nation's telecommunications, a government report found Thursday (March 28).
Agrifood 28-03-2019

Digital innovation also creates new risks for farmers

Although the European Commission and machine manufacturers sing the praises of digitalisation in agriculture, others point to the risk of creating new dependencies for farmers on multinationals. EURACTIV France reports.
5G 26-03-2019

Commission rolls out 5G recommendations, has ‘specific concerns’ about Huawei

The European Commission has laid out plans for a coordinated EU approach towards the next generation of mobile broadband networks, 5G, following concerns about China aired by member states during last week's European Council summit.
Cybersecurity 25-03-2019

Nokia in damage-control mode following Chinese data-leak probe

Nokia "mistakenly" sent customer data to China, the European telecoms giant has admitted, following the announcement of an investigation into the allegations by the Finnish data protection watchdog.
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.

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