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Data protection 10-06-2022

French data protection watchdog: Tweaking Google Analytics won’t make it legal

Google Analytics' use is not legal without a new deal that would replace the disgraced EU-US data processing agreement, French data watchdog CNIL recently clarified on its website, which also dashed hopes that the tool could be reconfigured to allow data transfers to the US.
Data protection 10-05-2022

LEAK: Commission to force scanning of communications to combat child pornography

The European Commission is to put forward a generalised scanning obligation for messaging services, according to a draft proposal obtained by EURACTIV.
Technology 26-04-2022

The Netherlands provides global hub for child pornography

The European Commission's proposal to fight child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online is still pending, while the EU has become a 'destination of choice' when it comes to hosting such content, according to a new report.
Technology 10-12-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: gig economy, roaming extension, battle of amendments

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
Technology 22-10-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: vital encryption, Germany’s coalition talks, e-Evidence approaching

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “It would have been impossible for me to whistleblow without encryption. My first messages to journalists were made with...
Data protection 21-10-2021

Whistleblowers are impossible without encryption, Edward Snowden says

On Global Encryption Day (21 October), Edward Snowden, the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations, defined encryption as a matter of life and death. A day earlier, a coalition of EU lawmakers voiced concerns that an upcoming legislative proposal could open the door to mass surveillance.
15-10-2021

EU anti-child abuse law could open doors for mass surveillance, report says

Security experts warn that the tools used by tech giants to detect child abuse online pose serious security and privacy risks, raising concerns around upcoming EU legislation.
Data protection 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...
Data protection 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.
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.

Commission calls for online ‘battering rams’ to break encryption

The EU executive will help countries work on encryption-breaking for when law enforcement has legal access to the information as part of a strategy to fight organised crime presented on Wednesday (14 April).
The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol's new 'decryption platform' will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will have closely-guarded access rights over the data retrieved as part of the operation of the technology.
Data protection 24-03-2021

Commission seeks to calm fears over Europol’s decryption platform

The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol's new decryption platform will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will maintain closely guarded access rights over the data retrieved.

European police pounce after cracking encrypted phone network

Police said Wednesday (10 March) they had arrested at least 80 people and carried out hundreds of raids in two European countries after shutting down an encrypted phone network used by organised crime groups.
Cybersecurity 12-10-2020

‘Five Eyes’ alliance demands ways to access encrypted apps

The "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance demanded Sunday that tech companies insert "backdoors" in encrypted apps to allow law enforcement agencies the access they say they need to police online criminality.
Technology 23-03-2020

The story behind the Commission’s new emphasis on encryption

The European Commission has begun taking more decisive steps toward secure, encrypted communications. But while all of these steps may be positive, not all of them are identical.
Cybersecurity 17-01-2018

MEPs approve export controls tailored to stop government surveillance

MEPs approved stricter rules on Wednesday (17 January) to control how European companies export technologies including software that could be used for surveillance, and any products that may violate human rights.
Cybersecurity 23-11-2017

Trade MEPs want to scrap all EU export restrictions on encryption

MEPs want the European Commission to remove export control restrictions on technology products that use encryption.
Cybersecurity 17-11-2017

New EU cybersecurity centres slated to research encryption

EU member states are expected to agree Monday (20 November) on a plan to set up new cybersecurity research centres that will focus partly on encryption technologies.
Cybersecurity 25-10-2017

MEPs want human rights safeguard on tech exports

MEPs steering a controversial export control bill through the European Parliament have agreed to apply stricter human rights safeguards for technologies that can be used for online surveillance.
Data protection 19-10-2017

Brussels promises more police access to encrypted data, but no backdoors

The European Commission insisted that it does not want to weaken encryption as part of its latest push to give law enforcement authorities more access to private data.
Data protection 19-09-2017

Commission to publish encryption report on 18 October

The European Commission is trying to pull together member states' differing views on security and privacy before it publishes a report on encryption technologies on 18 October.
Cybersecurity 12-07-2017

MEPs push cyber security rules as ‘political message’ before EU overhaul

MEPs are pressuring the European Commission to propose new cyber crime rules on hacking vulnerabilities, encryption and information sharing between EU countries, ahead of a legal overhaul planned for September.

Gabriel confirmed as new EU digital chief

Mariya Gabriel was confirmed Tuesday (4 July) as the next EU digital Commissioner and will become the youngest person ever to take on a top Commission post.

Seventeen EU leaders ask Tusk for digital talks on ‘highest level’

On the eve of an EU summit, leaders from 17 EU countries have asked European Council President Donald Tusk for highest-level talks on EU digital policy, saying it was the single market’s main engine and should receive stronger political support.