Data protection Archives

  • Germany’s CSU wants to increase monitoring of digital space

    News | Digital 23-01-2020

    At a party retreat on 8 January, Germany's conservative Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) passed a resolution highlighting its ideas on digital policy. Although digital activists criticised the party's demands for increased monitoring of the digital space, they agreed with its approach to 5G expansion. EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • MEP Axel Voss publishes EU digital manifesto, warns of EU’s ‘digital dependency’

    News | Digital 22-01-2020

    Conservative German MEP Axel Voss, also known as the father of the controversial copyright reform, has published a manifesto on European digital policy in which he warns that Europe should not become a "digital colony" of other powers. EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • Germany’s plans for automatic facial recognition meet fierce criticism

    News 10-01-2020

    Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer plans to use automatic facial recognition at 134 railway stations and 14 airports, according to a news report published on 3 January. Although official confirmation of the plan is still missing, an alliance between civil society and politicians has called for the banning of this surveillance technology. EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • Europeans should control their B-to-B data, says EU commissioner

    News 08-01-2020

    The United States and China are the world's leaders in harvesting and exploiting personal data and the European Union must make sure the same thing does not happen when it comes to business-to-business data, the new EU commissioner for the internal market said.

  • ECJ opinion backs EU data transfer contracts

    News 19-12-2019

    The European Commission's standard contractual clauses (SCC), used for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries, are "valid", according to a non-binding opinion from an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

  • Facebook, privacy activist Schrems battle nears end

    News 18-12-2019

    Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems’ seven-year battle against Facebook reaches a crucial point tomorrow (19 December) when an adviser to Europe’s top court will issue his view on whether tools used by companies to transfer data abroad are legal or not.

  • Tensions over data privacy cast shadow over potential Greens-Five Star alliance

    News 18-12-2019

    A leading Green MEP has hit out at Italy's 5 Star Movement (M5S) following the recent news that Facebook is investigating the party over potential data misuse, bringing further doubt to the possibility of the party joining forces with the Greens in the European Parliament.

  • ‘Enormous amount at stake’ in Irish murder data appeal case

    News 17-12-2019

    There is an "enormous amount at stake" in an appeal against a High Court decision that found the police's capturing of mobile phone metadata in relation to a murder case breached EU law, Ireland's Supreme Court has heard.

  • Clear standards required for development and use of AI in healthcare

    Special Report | News | Health 16-12-2019

    With digital technologies set to irrevocably change the face of our healthcare systems, the ethical concerns surrounding the use of artifical intelligence (AI) are increasingly gaining prominence in policy circles.

  • UK patient health data traded to US firms  

    News 09-12-2019

    Health data belonging to millions of UK National Health Service (NHS) patients has been sold under license to US companies and global pharmaceutical firms, in a move that is likely to inflame tensions between the UK government and privacy campaigners in the run up to the December 12 election.

  • Should the EU embrace artificial intelligence, or fear it?

    News 04-12-2019

    Advances in machine learning are progressing rapidly, and governments are struggling to keep up. The EU has emerged as the world’s regulator in this space, but some fear it's stifling European innovation.

  • Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal

    News 03-12-2019

    The European Commission will present a revised ePrivacy proposal as part of the forthcoming Croatian Presidency of the EU, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton announced on Tuesday (3 December), after previous talks failed to produce an agreement among member states.