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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.
Elections 15-03-2022

No French election campaign website is fully GDPR-compliant

French campaign websites fail to meet EU personal data protection standards, with President Emmanuel Macron's - who recently announced his re-election run - performing the worst. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 22-02-2022

Google Analytics’ competitors foretaste business boost following privacy debacles

Alternatives to Google Analytics could stand to benefit if the rest of the EU decides - like the Austrian and French data protection authorities already have - that the tool can no longer be used because it does not comply with EU privacy standards.
Data protection 08-02-2022

Habeck and Le Maire unfazed by Facebook’s withdrawal threats from the EU

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire seemed unimpressed on Monday (7 February) by digital giant Meta's threat of possibly withdrawing Facebook and Instagram from the EU, repeating that data should not be handed over without control.
Data protection 31-01-2022

France may soon decide on legality of Google Analytics use

After having been ruled incompatible with EU law by Austria's data watchdog two weeks ago, Google Analytics is now under fire in France, whose own data watchdog has been asked to check whether the tool goes against EU law.
Data protection 06-01-2022

French privacy watchdog fines Facebook and Google over cookie tracking rules

France's data protection watchdog known as the CNIL fined Facebook and Google €60 million and €150 million, respectively, on Thursday (6 December) in its latest crackdown against tech giants violating cookie tracking rules. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 09-11-2021

French AI strategy: Tech sector to receive over €2 bln in next 5 years

A total of more than €2 billion in public and private funding will be poured into French tech over the next five years to create future champions at the national and European levels, according to phase two of the national AI strategy presented by government ministers on Monday (8 November).
Data protection 21-07-2021

Austrian court refers Schrems’ Facebook complaint to EU Court

Austria's Supreme Court has asked the EU Court of Justice for clarification on the legality of Facebook's processing of personal data after data protection activist Max Schrems brought a case before it. The Court in Luxembourg will now decide whether the US giant respected the GDPR since it came into force in 2018.
Data protection 02-07-2021

German data watchdogs welcome end of ‘forum shopping’ under GDPR regime

Germany's data protection authorities have welcomed a ruling by the EU Court of Justice that gives national authorities more leeway in taking action against online platforms data branches under urgency provisions of the EU data protection framework. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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...
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.
Technology 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.
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).
Technology 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).
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
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.
Technology 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 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.
Technology 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 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.
Technology 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. 
Technology 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.
e-Commerce 14-07-2020

Schrems charts US surveillance pushback after ECJ ruling

Silicon Valley should seek to further distance itself from a culture of surveillance established by US law, Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has said ahead of a key ruling on global data flows later this week.
Technology 19-06-2020

Crowd monitoring facial recognition tech awarded Commission seal of excellence 

The European Commission has given its 'seal of excellence' to a technology that provides 'advanced video analytics, including real-time face recognition and crowd behaviour analysis,' to be used in the bloc's fight against another potential outbreak of the coronavirus.
Data protection 17-06-2020

German data protection commissioner criticises government agencies, legislative procedures

Ulrich Kelber (SPD) rarely shies away from criticising his own government in his role as Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI). During the presentation of his annual reports, he pointed out hasty procedures where data protection is at risk. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 18-05-2020

EU data watchdog ‘very worried’ by Hungary’s GDPR suspension

The European Data Protection Board, the EU's umbrella organisation overseeing the application of EU data protection rules on the bloc, has voiced its concern over the suspension of EU data protection rights in Hungary.