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Digital & Media 10-05-2021

Why the impasse on data flows threatens Europe’s digital recovery

Most people’s image of world trade will be a huge container ship similar to the one that was recently stuck in the Suez canal, full of cars, clothes and other goods. However, the modern global economy increasingly runs on huge...
Data protection 30-04-2021

EU-US in collision course on privacy

For seven decades the United States and Europe have been moving in different directions on the right to privacy, and these days a major clash on the issue is now very much in prospect, writes Dick Roche.
Health 15-04-2021

Health experts call for the GDPR revision for cross-border health data sharing

Health experts are urging EU policymakers and legislators to review the EU’s legal data protection framework, the GDPR, which is hampering the sharing of pseudonymised health data outside the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA).
Facebook has told the Irish Data Protection Commission that a breach involving the personal information of 533 million users worldwide took place prior to the entry into force of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, and therefore the company 'chose not to notify' the violation to the authorities.
Data protection 06-04-2021

Facebook to Irish data body: 533 million user breach took place before GDPR

Facebook has told the Irish Data Protection Commission that a breach involving the personal information of 533 million users worldwide took place prior to the entry into force of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation in 2018, and the company...
Data protection 01-04-2021

French data watchdog to start checking cookie policy compliance

France's data protection watchdog CNIL will from Thursday (1 April) begin conducting checks to ensure websites are in compliance with new guidelines on advertising trackers after the deadline it granted expired. EURACTIV France reports.
The EU's institutional data protection watchdog has 'critical concerns' with European Parliament plans to install a biometric register that will allow MEPs to collect their daily allowance and sign in for hearings on the Brussels premises, it has transpired.
Digital & Media 31-03-2021

EU data watchdog has ‘critical concerns’ with Parliament’s biometric register

The European Union's institutional data protection watchdog has voiced 'critical concerns' about the European Parliament's plans to install a biometric register that will allow EU lawmakers to collect their daily allowance and sign in for hearings on the Brussels premises.
MEPs have said that a 'lack of political will and resources' has resulted in a laggard approach to enforcement of the EU's general data protection regulation (GDPR), criticizing, in particular, the lack of sanctions dished out by the Irish data protection authority.
Data protection 26-03-2021

MEPs rue lack of GDPR sanctions issued by Irish data authority

MEPs have said that "a lack of political will and resources" had resulted in a laggard approach to enforcement of the EU's general data protection regulation (GDPR), singling out in particular the lack of sanctions dished out by the Irish data protection authority.
The Portuguese Presidency of the EU has rebutted claims from the Commission's Executive Vice-President for Digital, Margarethe Vestager, that the country's prosed text for the ePrivacy regulation poses a risk to EU data protection standards as outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Digital & Media 23-03-2021

Portuguese Presidency rebuts Vestager’s concerns about ePrivacy proposal

The Portuguese Presidency of the EU has rebutted claims from the Commission's Executive Vice-President for Digital, Margarethe Vestager, that the country's prosed text for the ePrivacy regulation poses a risk to EU data protection standards as outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The European Commission is 'not naive' to the UK's future ambitions in the data space and will be 'prepared' to suspend transfers of personal data to the country should the UK in the future diverge from EU standards, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.
Data protection 17-03-2021

Commission ‘not naive’ about UK’s data ambitions, Reynders assures MEPs

The European Commission is 'not naive' to the UK's future ambitions in the data space and will be 'prepared' to suspend transfers of personal data to the country should the UK in the future diverge from EU standards, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.
Digital & Media 16-03-2021

France gets green light to use Amazon-hosted Doctolib for jab bookings

The interim relief judge of the French Council of State ruled last Friday (12 March) that the health ministry's decision to integrate medical portal Doctolib, which uses Amazon’s hosting services, into its online booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations did not infringe privacy and personal data protection rights. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 12-03-2021

Data Privacy post COVID-19: What has changed and where do we go now?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started last year, privacy has been in the spotlight, becoming an even more important priority, both for individuals and companies. European citizens and businesses have had to radically realign their lives to the new reality. While...
Digital & Media 12-02-2021

Google challenges French data watchdog’s €100 million fine in court

France's administrative court known as the Council of State considered on Thursday an application for interim measures filed by Google LLC and Google Ireland after the French Data Protection Authority known as the CNIL fined the digital giant €100 million last December for its cookie collection policy. EURACTIV France was at the hearing.
The Portuguese Presidency of the EU has pitched a new text on the controversial ePrivacy regulation, focussing on the processing of communications metadata and data stored on end-user equipment, the proposal obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Digital & Media 08-02-2021

Revealed: Portugal’s plans to conclude ePrivacy saga

The Portuguese presidency of the EU has pitched a new text on the controversial ePrivacy regulation, focusing on the processing of communications metadata and data stored on end-user equipment, according to the latest proposal, obtained by EURACTIV.
Digital & Media 07-01-2021

Starting Germany’s election year, the CSU presents its digital agenda

The Bavarian-governing party, the Christian Social Union is adopting its digital strategy this week. Among other things, it calls for a digitally sovereign Europe, but some of the plans smack of national unilateralism. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Despite "very divergent views" between EU data protection authorities with regards to a probe into potential data breaches by Twitter, a final decision on the bloc's first major cross-border GDPR case is due to be published on December 17th, it has been revealed.
Digital & Media 04-12-2020

Twitter data breach decision due on December 17: Irish data regulator

Despite "very divergent views" between EU data protection authorities over a case of data breaches by Twitter, a final decision on the bloc's first major cross-border online privacy case is due to be published on December 17th, it has been revealed.
The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country's data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards in the field.
Brexit 24-11-2020

UK firms face hefty compliance costs without EU data deal, report warns

British firms face a bill of up to £1.6 billion if Boris Johnson’s government fails to convince the EU to grant an adequacy decision allowing dataflows to continue, according to a new report published on Monday (23 November).
The German Presidency is seeking to permit the processing of metadata in online communications for 'monitoring epidemics' or to help in 'natural or man-made disasters,' a leaked text on the ePrivacy regulation, obtained by EURACTIV, states.
Digital & Media 05-11-2020

German Presidency charts new COVID19 ‘metadata’ rules in leaked ePrivacy text

The German EU Council presidency is seeking to permit the processing of metadata in online communications for 'monitoring epidemics' or to help in 'natural or man-made disasters,' according to a leaked text on the ePrivacy regulation obtained by EURACTIV.
The EU's data protection watchdog has warned the bloc's institutions that they should refrain from embarking on new activities that involve transferring personal data to the US, in the wake of a decision from the European Court of Justice earlier this year.
Digital & Media 29-10-2020

EU data watchdog ‘strongly encourages’ institutions to avoid US data transfers

The EU's data protection watchdog has warned the bloc's institutions that they should refrain from embarking on new activities that involve transferring personal data to the US, in the wake of a decision from the European Court of Justice earlier this year.
The European Parliament's coronavirus test management website is overrun with user tracking requests, some of which are attempting to siphon data to US-based firms at a time in which the future of transatlantic data flows is far from clear.
Digital & Media 28-10-2020

EP’s COVID website overrun with US web trackers, MEP raises data concerns

The European Parliament's coronavirus test management website is overrun with user tracking requests, some of which are attempting to siphon data to US-based firms at a time in which the future of transatlantic data flows is far from clear.
The European Commission should not grant the UK a data adequacy agreement as part of its ongoing assessment of the country's data protection landscape, a civil rights group has said. 
Digital & Media 12-10-2020

Commission must refuse UK data adequacy, rights group says

The European Commission should not grant the UK a data adequacy agreement as part of its ongoing assessment of the country's data protection landscape, an Irish civil rights group has said. 
Renew MEP Sophie in 't Veld and Chair of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee Juan Fernando López Aguilar, raise concerns over the European Commission's response to MEPs over concerns on the use of Clearview AI technology in Europe.
Data protection 03-09-2020

MEPs furious over Commission’s ambiguity on Clearview AI scandal

The European Commission's lack of substantial response to concerns over the use of Clearview AI technology by EU law enforcement authorities has drawn the ire of MEPs on the European Parliament's Civil Liberties committee.
The European Commission has revealed that it is still considering a potential ban on the use of facial recognition technologies in public places in the EU.
Data protection 03-09-2020

Commission will ‘not exclude’ potential ban on facial recognition technology

The European Commission has not ruled out a future ban on the use of facial recognition technology in Europe, as the EU executive mulls the findings of a recent public consultation on Artificial Intelligence.
Digital & Media 30-07-2020

Facebook accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics in US antitrust hearing 

Social media giant Facebook has come in for heavy criticism as part of a US congressional hearing into the dominance of online tech platforms, being accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics as part of its history in acquiring smaller...
Digital & Media 16-07-2020

EU-US data transfers at critical risk as ECJ invalidates Privacy Shield

The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement that attempts to guarantee the secure transmission of EU data to the United States, has been declared invalid by the European Court of Justice, in a ruling that will provoke major disruption to transatlantic data flows.