Data protection

04-06-2018

GDPR: Time to walk the talk

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is good news for consumers. But its promise will only materialise if industry changes its mindset about data protection and if the law is supported by a strong compliance and enforcement culture, writes Ursula Pachl.
25-05-2018

Europe is about to lose the global AI race – thanks to GDPR

The GDPR, which recently came into force, imposes such tight restrictions on the use of personal data that the EU will be unable to keep up with the rest of the world using AI to streamline their economies, writes Nick Wallace.
30-04-2018

A European vision for human-centred digital platform ecosystems

Europe must continue to establish itself as the global regulator of digital technology serving Europeans and respond to growing pressure from online platforms, write Mariya Gabriel and Mounir Mahjoubi.
04-04-2018

Personal data was weaponised against democracy in the EU – and can be again

With the recent revelations on the unlawful use of voters’ data to influence their choices, both the EU and its member states need to take legislative measures to prevent such campaigning which violated privacy rights and eroded democracy. The first step should be ending the lack of transparency, writes Nomi Byström.
Digital 27-02-2018

Not yet in effect, Europe’s new data protection rules already face overseas threats

This week, the United States government will be faced with the choice of whether or not it will violate European data protection laws. In order to ensure the protection of personal data at home, European policymakers must shape rules and practices abroad, writes Christine Galvagna.
Cybersecurity 20-02-2018

Cybersecurity Act – the EU can do better than this

The EU wants to establish European benchmarks for IT security. However, the proposed measures will slow down innovative companies and detach the EU from international cybersecurity efforts, writes Naemi Denz.  
16-02-2018

Access to car data – the new battleground that risks consumer choice

Ahead of the 20 February vote in the TRAN Committee on the draft report on a European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems access to vehicle data, Laurianne Krid takes a look at the issues facing motorists with regard to the automotive digital economy.  
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2018

Science – the new frontier of geopolitics

Science and international relations have always been intertwined, this link runs deeper now with the rise of innovation and technologies. However, regulations on new innovations and deep tech should also follow the rapid pace of their development, writes Sam Alvis.
26-01-2018

Others care about your personal data – you should too

The EU is introducing the gold standard in data protection rules this May, and countries outside the bloc are looking to Europe for inspiration, writes Věra Jourová.  
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05-12-2017

The GDPR will soon apply to all companies in Europe

The clock is ticking and companies in the EU will have to meet the requirements of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from the end of May 2018. The Regulation brings extensive changes for business, writes Herwig Thyssens.
16-10-2017

Small businesses at risk of being overwhelmed by data protection burden

With eight months until the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the countdown is well and truly on but businesses are not ready, writes Mike Cherry.
Digital 11-10-2017

The EU shouldn’t fall for false “digital freedom”

Data monopolies, black-box algorithms, intellectual property, data protection and cybersecurity threats - it is high time for the EU to consider the costs of allowing our digital "freedom" to go unregulated, writes Helga Trüpel.
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09-10-2017

Striking the right ePrivacy balance to foster digital innovation

The mobile ecosystem is flourishing, providing a platform for innovation that is generating employment opportunities and spurring the creation of new services, writes Afke Schaart.
Digital 19-09-2017

A call for innovation-friendly ePrivacy rules

The EU's draft ePrivacy regulation risks crippling innovative cloud computing services, writes Kim Gagné.
18-09-2017

Privacy Shield: A strong framework for transatlantic digital trade

The Privacy Shield agreement has already improved data protection and digital trade between the EU and the US in its first year, and that should continue, writes Victoria A. Espinel.
Digital 24-02-2017

Dreaming big can help reform gigabit society

Europe’s digital transformation will connect previously-isolated rural communities and create jobs in multiple sectors, as well as improving individual wellbeing through eHealth solutions and encouraging SMEs to flourish, writes Pierre Louette.
Digital 08-02-2017

Avoiding an EU own goal on digital access to knowledge

The EU should listen to the innovators, knowledge creators and developers when it comes to data mining: the potential benefits are too great to be ignored, writes Helen Frew.
Digital 07-02-2017

EU’s eCall regulation sacrifices safety for privacy

Fitting vehicles with comprehensive crash reporting software is a huge opportunity to save lives. It is a crying shame policymakers caved to pressure from privacy advocates and watered down the regulation, writes Nick Wallace.
Elections 23-11-2016

Welcome to the Leak-ocracy:  Elections decided by Russian hackers and (Wiki)leaks

A new and disturbing factor emerged during this US presidential election, one that may change elections forever: democracies are now at the mercy of hacking and surveillance technologies, and those who control them. Steven Hill warns that Germany could be next.
Digital 14-10-2016

Europe should put data at the service of society

Europe faces some daunting challenges – an aging population, sluggish growth, an influx of migrants and refugees – yet in the age of data-driven innovation, it also has powerful new tools to help address them, writes Nick Wallace.

The curious tale of the French prime minister, PNR and peculiar patterns

There's no evidence that profiling airplane passengers helps security, but some politicians keep insisting the opposite, write Estelle Massé and Joe McNamee.
Digital 05-09-2016

Cybersecurity directive not enough to protect digitising European industry

Cybersecurity rules have been patchy at best and lacking at worst. So the adoption of the NIS Directive on security of network and information systems is a landmark development. Nomi Byström asks whether it is enough for our increasingly connected society.
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Digital 23-08-2016

The Microsoft ruling: Mending EU-US digital relations

Microsoft’s successful appeal against a US Department of Justice request to access emails stored on its foreign servers marks an important milestone for international consumer privacy and the tech community, writes Brian Stafford.
Digital 01-08-2016

Privacy Shield: A victory for the transatlantic economy

The EU-US Privacy Shield goes live today (1 August). Věra Jourová and Penny Pritzker argue that this is good for citizens, businesses and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.