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Technology 29-06-2022

EU co-legislators agree on ‘key elements’ of electronic evidence package

The EU Parliament, Council and Commission have bridged their differences on several fundamental points regarding accessing cross-border electronic evidence, but some political issues remain.
Technology 09-06-2022

EU ministers adopt joint investigation platform without access for customs

EU Justice Ministers adopted a regulation to establish a digital cooperation platform for Joint Investigation Teams (JITs), inaccessible by customs despite German pressure. The regulation is part of the ongoing effort to modernise and digitalise cross-border judicial cooperation and was...
Technology 02-06-2022

Data retention: Germany’s new plan for a more targeted and time-limited approach

In order to target sexual child abuse online, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has spoken out in favour of securing the IP addresses of computers, for which the governing coalition wants to use the quick freeze method. 
Data protection 12-05-2022

Controversy surrounds new cybercrime protocol as plenary vote still hangs in the balance

While the date for the ratification of the Second Additional Cybercrime Protocol by the European Parliament is yet to be set, civil society and MEPs call for the opinion of the European Court of Justice over data and privacy concerns.
Technology 05-04-2022

French Presidency pitches changes to law enforcement provisions in the AI Act

A new compromise text on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and law enforcement marks more swift progress on the AI Act in the EU Council, with the French Presidency aiming for at least a partial general approach in June.
Technology 23-03-2022

EU lawmakers adopt recommendations on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA), a special committee set up in September 2020 to analyse the horizontal impact of Artificial Intelligence on society, has concluded with its own-initiative report, adopted on Tuesday (22 March).
Data protection 10-01-2022

EU watchdog orders Europol to delete personal data unrelated to crimes

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) instructed the law enforcement agency Europol to delete the personal data of individuals who have no established link with criminal activity, concluding an inquiry started in April 2019.

EU accused of disregarding human rights when supporting law enforcement abroad

The EU has been accused of contributing to the development of ‘surveillance’ capacities in third countries without considering fundamental rights and data protection; according to a complaint filed with the European Ombudsman by a coalition of privacy NGOs.
Data protection 14-09-2021

France’s parliament considers use of drones by police, again

French members of parliament will start examining on Tuesday (14 September) a bill on criminal responsibility and internal security, intended to provide a long-awaited legal framework for the use of drones by law enforcement agencies.

French government proposes more surveillance in new anti-terrorism bill

The French government presented its new anti-terrorism bill on Wednesday morning (28 April), a few days after a 36-year-old 'radicalised' Tunisian stabbed a police employee to death outside a police station in Rambouillet, southwest of Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 05-12-2018

E-Evidence: A threat to people’s fundamental rights?

EU justice ministers are set to approve a regulation this Friday (7 December) that will require EU-based tech companies to turn over electronic evidence within hours of a court order. The regulation, however, could pose a threat to people’s fundamental rights.
Data protection 05-06-2018

Justice ministers divided over proposal for police access to real-time data

National justice ministers are pushing to create new powers for law enforcement authorities to intercept communication data in real time as part of their criminal investigations.
Data protection 18-05-2018

Jourova to press for EU-US data sharing deal next week

EU justice chief Vera Jourova will push for a new data access agreement with the United States when she meets with her American counterpart next week, amid growing transatlantic tensions over issues including the Iran nuclear agreement and trade.
Data protection 17-04-2018

EU proposes ‘revolutionary’ fast-track system for police data access

A new EU proposal will force tech companies to share their users’ personal data with law enforcement authorities from different member states upon request.
Data protection 05-04-2018

Privacy regulators in hotseat over future of ‘fundamental’ website owners list

The internet is at risk of becoming fragmented if online databases that show who owns websites are shut down after the EU’s new data protection law takes effect next month, the head of internet domain organisation ICANN has warned.
Data protection 30-03-2018

Leaked EU overhaul gives tech companies 10 days to share ‘e-evidence’ data with police

EXCLUSIVE / Messaging apps and other digital services will be forced to give their users’ data to law enforcement authorities within ten days of receiving requests, or six hours in emergencies, according to a leaked draft of an upcoming EU legal overhaul.
Data protection 09-02-2018

Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list

The European Commission has suggested that law enforcement authorities could soon have restricted access to the WHOIS database that identifies website owners because the system is on a collision course with the EU’s strict new data protection law.