Data protection

28-07-2020

Facebook takes EU antitrust regulators to court

US technology giant Facebook is suing EU regulators after a spat between the two parties erupted over access to company documents as part of an ongoing antitrust probe.
24-07-2020

Austria’s online hate speech law prompts question marks about ‘overblocking’

In the fight against illegal online content, the Austrian government wants to make platforms more accountable. Many details are still missing, but the German NetzDG seems to be a model. Critics fear over-blocking and collateral damage but also see opportunities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 21-07-2020

EU Doctors call for COVID app assessments, as UK admits to GDPR breach

Impact assessments must be undertaken to assess the efficacy of coronavirus contact tracing apps before their deployment in order to safeguard users, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has said. The call comes as the UK Department of Health...
14-07-2020

Commission to ‘analyse necessity’ of GDPR infringement procedures 

The European Commission will consider the necessity of introducing infringement procedures against member states that fail to comply with the EU's general data protection regulation (GDPR), the Commission's Justice Chief Didier Reynders has warned.
Digital 01-07-2020

EU-UK cross-border data flows: New digital walls for the economy?

Data needs to continue to flow between the UK and the EU. The EU should limit safeguards to only those needed to protect personal data,  writes Andrea Giuricin.
24-06-2020

Commission uncertain on future UK data adequacy agreement 

The European Commission has said that it 'cannot predict' whether the UK will be fit for a data transfer adequacy agreement with the EU as part of ongoing negotiations on a future trade deal between the two parties.
23-06-2020

Germany’s highest court orders Facebook to stop cross-platform data sharing

With immediate effect, the Facebook company must stop merging and sharing user data from its Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram platforms in Germany, according to a ruling by the country's highest court. EURACTIV Germany reports.
19-06-2020

German online hate speech reform criticised for allowing ‘backdoor’ data collection

Germany's Network Implementation Act, NetzDG for short, is now even stricter. Social networks must not only delete potentially criminal content but also report it to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). However, some data of online posters will have to be forwarded to the authorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
17-06-2020

German data protection commissioner criticises government agencies, legislative procedures

Ulrich Kelber (SPD) rarely shies away from criticising his own government in his role as Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI). During the presentation of his annual reports, he pointed out hasty procedures where data protection is at risk. EURACTIV Germany reports.
08-06-2020

Commission kept no records on Davos meeting between von der Leyen and Palantir CEO

No detailed records exist concerning a January meeting between European  Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the CEO of controversial US data analytics firm Palantir, the EU executive has said in response to a EURACTIV query.
05-06-2020

Altmaier charts Gaia-X as the beginning of a ‘European data ecosystem’

France and Germany’s ambitious bid to create a European cloud data infrastructure to stave off US and Chinese competitors was launched on Thursday (4 June), as Ministers Bruno Le Maire and Peter Altmaier revealed more on their landmark Gaia-X project.
26-05-2020

Irish data protection authority under fire over Facebook case

In an open letter, online privacy activist Max Schrems has criticised the Irish data protection commission's handling of a complaint against social media giant Facebook and called on the European Union to step in. EURACTIV Germany reports.
25-05-2020

GDPR enforcement held back by lack of resources, report says

Enforcement of EU data privacy rules is being stifled by a lack of resources across national authorities, according to a new study published today (25 May), on the second anniversary of the EU's landmark general data protection regulation (GDPR).
18-05-2020

EU data watchdog ‘very worried’ by Hungary’s GDPR suspension

The European Data Protection Board, the EU's umbrella organisation overseeing the application of EU data protection rules on the bloc, has voiced its concern over the suspension of EU data protection rights in Hungary.
14-05-2020

Austrian ministry could face GDPR penalty after publishing personal data online

Austrians' personal data has been publicly accessible on the Ministry of Economy's website since 2009. The liberal party NEOS and NGO epicenter.works call it the "biggest data protection scandal of the Second Republic." NEOS is considering legal action and a GDPR expert told EURACTIV Germany it could be successful.
04-05-2020

Why are authorities in Bulgaria hiding the results of serological tests?

The latest investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria’s Valia Achchieva shows that the authorities are hiding the results of serologic tests which suggest that a large proportion of the population has already become immune to COVID-19. The findings shed light on...
Coronavirus 28-04-2020

EU stands by its data privacy rules in response to COVID-19

Europe cannot win the fight against the coronavirus without digital technologies, the European Commission said in a video call with EU-27 health ministers on Monday (27 April). But this must not come at the expense of EU data protection rules, which must remain a "global gold standard". 
23-04-2020

Breton urges Apple chief Cook to work with EU amid French spat on virus app

EU industry chief Thierry Breton on Wednesday (22 April) told Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to make sure that mobile apps to limit the spread of coronavirus work on its iPhones and other devices, amidst the company's spat with France on its privacy safeguards.
04-04-2020

Smartphone vs virus, is privacy always going to be the loser?

In Europe, officials, doctors and engineers are looking at how smartphones could be enlisted in the war against the spread of the new coronavirus.
26-03-2020

Privacy activists on COVID-19 surveillance: Either ineffective or questionable

In Germany and Austria, there are concrete ideas to monitor their citizens using Big Data, but to be truly effective, the methods would have to be deeply invasive. EURACTIV Germany reports.
26-03-2020

EU’s Breton defends COVID-19 telecoms data acquisition plans

The European Commission's Internal Market chief Thierry Breton has defended plans to obtain mobile data from EU telecom firms during the coronavirus outbreak, saying the acquisition of certain datasets allows for a clearer reading of "the impact of the confinement measures taken by member states."
Digital 27-02-2020

Online platform regulation: French economy ministry gets up and running

While the European Commission presented its digital strategy last week, France's economy and finance ministry brought together around a hundred experts on Monday (24 February) in an attempt to sketch out ways of regulating online platforms. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
26-02-2020

Austrian justice minister with migrant background leads fight against online hate

When it became known that for the first time someone with a migrant background would be in the Austrian government, Green Justice Minister Alma Zadić started to receive death threats and the recommendation to fly home to Bosnia. Now, she wants to use her experience with discrimination to protect others. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
20-02-2020

Google confirms plans to move UK users’ accounts outside EU jurisdiction

Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under US jurisdiction instead, the company confirmed late on Wednesday (19 February).
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