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Data protection 25-05-2018

Silicon Valley giants hit with first complaints on day one of GDPR

Big American technology companies were the first to be hit with complaints for how they handle users’ personal information under the new EU data protection regulation known as GDPR.
Data protection 25-05-2018

GDPR: EU’s new data protection rules come into effect

The European Union's new data protection laws came into effect on Friday (25 May), with Brussels saying the changes will protect consumers from being like "people naked in an aquarium".
Data protection 23-05-2018

MEPs outraged over Zuckerberg’s EU Parliament show

Tensions soared between a handful of leading MEPs and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the 34-year-old billionaire avoided answering detailed questions on the company’s data policies during a meeting in the European Parliament on Tuesday evening (22 May).
Data protection 22-05-2018

Activist groups launch campaign to break up Facebook

A coalition of activist groups on Monday announced a campaign to break up Facebook, arguing that the huge social network "has too much power over our lives and democracy."
Data protection 22-05-2018

Zuckerberg’s Parliament meeting ‘the right thing’, says EU justice chief

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s meeting on Tuesday afternoon (22 May) with European Parliament leaders is “the right thing for himself” after the company’s recent data collection scandal, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said in an interview.
Data protection 16-05-2018

Zuckerberg to meet European Parliament leaders in private session

After weeks of back-and-forth between the European Parliament and Facebook executives, CEO Mark Zuckerberg agreed on Wednesday (16 May) to meet with political leaders in Brussels over the company’s recent data breach scandal.
Data protection 15-05-2018

Commission demands EU leaders approve deadlocked ePrivacy bill

The European Commission is amping up pressure on EU leaders to approve a controversial privacy bill, deadlocked in legal talks for more than a year, after the data breach scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
#Media4EU 08-05-2018

News agencies hail ‘major step’ by EU to make net giants pay for news

News agencies welcomed Monday (7 May) what they called a "major step" by the EU parliament's legal committee asking internet giants to pay for press articles.
Elections 30-04-2018

Macron digital tax plan faces EU rebuff

French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious plans for an EU digital tax targeting US tech giants such as Google or Facebook faced strong headwinds on Saturday (28 April), provoking anger from Paris.
Digital 26-04-2018

Commission threatens to legislate on ‘fake news’ ahead of 2019 EU election

The European Commission has threatened to introduce legislation on so-called fake news by the end of the year as part of its strategy to clamp down on online disinformation before the 2019 EU elections.
Cybersecurity 25-04-2018

French cybersecurity chief warns against ‘step back into the past’

Draft EU legislation poses a threat to member states that already have sophisticated cybersecurity tests, like France and Germany, the director of France’s cybersecurity agency warned in an interview.
Cybersecurity 20-04-2018

Ansip surprises with proposal to step up work with US on cybersecurity

The European Commission surprised tech policy observers this week when it suggested to amp up transatlantic cooperation on cybersecurity, just as Europe’s relations with the US are under strain following the Facebook data leakage scandal.
Data protection 19-04-2018

After Facebook scandal, MEPs argue the GDPR isn’t enough

The EU needs more legal safeguards to prevent massive privacy breaches like the current scandal over Facebook and British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, MEPs from different political parties argued on Wednesday (18 April).
Data protection 12-04-2018

European Parliament sends second request for Zuckerberg to speak in joint committee hearing

The European Parliament implored Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to speak before a joint hearing of four committees, a day after the 33-year old billionaire finished hours of grueling testimony before the United States Congress.
EU Priorities 2020 11-04-2018

EU clears path for collective law suits

Consumers will be able to sue companies in collective action lawsuits spanning multiple EU countries, under a new European Commission proposal.
Data protection 06-04-2018

Cambridge Analytica harvested 2.7 million Facebook users’ data in the EU

Personal data from around 2.7 million Facebook users in the EU was shared with analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, the European Commission announced on Friday (6 April).
Data protection 27-03-2018

Whistleblower alleges illegal use of Facebook data swung Brexit vote

Cambridge Analytica illegally rigged the 2016 Brexit referendum by harvesting Facebook profiles, a whistleblower has told MPs.
Brexit 27-03-2018

Would Brexit have come about without Cambridge Analytica?

Christopher Wylie, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica, said British voters would not have chosen to leave the EU in such large numbers without the coordinated action of far-right networks that lent a hand to the Leave.eu campaign. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Data protection 22-03-2018

EU heads of state issue warning over Facebook data case

The 28 EU heads of state issued a warning shot on Thursday (22 March) over allegations that 50 million Facebook users’ data was harvested without their consent to influence political campaigns.
Digital 22-03-2018

EU plans to pull ‘free’ digital services under consumer protection rules

EXCLUSIVE / Digital services that collect users’ data, like Facebook and Gmail, will be pulled under EU consumer protection rules as part of a European Commission overhaul due next month. Possible sanctions will be raised to up to 4% of a company's turnover.
Digital 21-03-2018

New EU tax on tech giants’ revenue is not ‘anti-US’, Moscovici insists

After half a year of intense debate and bickering between member states, the European Commission proposed on Wednesday (21 March) a new system for taxing digital companies that will charge large firms 3% of their revenue and will hit US tech giants like Google and Facebook.
Data protection 20-03-2018

Top EU privacy watchdog calls Facebook data allegations the ‘scandal of the century’

Privacy regulators from across the EU should join together to investigate allegations that London-based firm Cambridge Analytica illegally analysed millions of Facebook users’ data, the EU’s top data protection watchdog has said.
Data protection 19-03-2018

Facebook under pressure as EU lawmakers announce probes into data harvesting

The European Parliament announced on Monday (19 March) that it will investigate allegations that millions of Facebook users’ data was misused without their knowledge. The European Commission also called for national watchdogs to open their own probes of the incident.
Economy & Jobs 16-03-2018

OECD report stokes last-minute criticism of EU digital tax plan

The OECD warned on Friday (16 March) against the European Commission’s plan to propose a new tax next week targeting digital companies, arguing that it may cause economic distortion and raise business costs.