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Data protection 16-07-2018

Facebook under pressure for weak consumer policy

European regulators will announce next week whether they will punish Facebook for its consumer terms and conditions, after the company was warned in February that its rules do not comply with EU law.
Data protection 12-06-2018

Civil Liberties MEPs want EU-US Privacy Shield suspended by September

MEPs in the European Parliament’s powerful Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) want the European Commission to suspend its Privacy Shield agreement with the United States unless the Trump administration introduces data protection safeguards by 1 September, in a move that comes amid mounting transatlantic political tensions.
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 13-02-2018

German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal

A German consumer rights group said on Monday (12 February) that a court had found Facebook's use of personal data to be illegal because the US social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users.
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.
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, president of the Article 29 Working Party
Data protection 08-02-2018

Falque-Pierrotin leaves top EU post before dawn of ‘new era’ for privacy

EU regulators have forced tech giants to comply with the bloc's strict data protection rules. But when Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin took over as top EU privacy watchdog in 2014, she said the mostly American companies were ignorant about Europe’s strict standards and thought "the world is uniform".
Data protection 23-01-2018

Facebook tries out charm offensive with four EU Commissioners

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg attempted to woo a team of four EU Commissioners during closed-door meetings Tuesday (23 January) on tense issues like hate speech and online platform transparency.
Data protection 01-12-2017

Top EU privacy watchdog wants centralised regulator with muscle to police firms

EU lawmakers should create a new, centralised data protection authority to oversee investigations of privacy breaches that affect more than member state in the bloc, Giovanni Buttarelli, the EU’s top privacy watchdog, said in an interview.
Data protection 18-09-2017

Privacy Shield: A strong framework for transatlantic digital trade

The Privacy Shield agreement has already improved data protection and digital trade between the EU and the US in its first year, and that should continue, writes Victoria A. Espinel.
EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova
Data protection 06-04-2017

MEPs want Commission to toughen up Privacy Shield under Trump

The European Parliament wants the European Commission to 'Trump-proof' the Privacy Shield data sharing agreement between the EU and the United States after the new US administration threatened to roll back some privacy safeguards.
Digital 10-01-2017

Telecoms firms and internet services like WhatsApp face tougher new privacy rules

Telecoms providers will face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover if they're caught breaking new EU privacy rules that will also hit firms processing vast amounts of machine data in the internet of things.
Digital 05-08-2016

WhatsApp and Skype targeted in Commission’s revamp of telecoms laws

Internet companies like WhatsApp and Skype are worried they'll have to comply with new EU telecoms laws for the first time when the European Commission proposes a legislative overhaul this September.
Digital 12-07-2016

Privacy Shield forced US to be ‘transparent’ about intelligence agencies

The controversial Privacy Shield agreement, which was signed today (12 July), forced the United States to be unusually transparent about the operations of its intelligence agencies, a top American official has claimed.
Digital 21-06-2016

Refocus the data debate around individuals

Europe's new privacy rules give businesses a chance to innovate – and Facebook is starting a new coalition on personal data, writes Stephen Deadman.
Digital 02-06-2016

EU, US sign ‘Umbrella Agreement’ on data protection

The European Union and the United States on Thursday signed a deal to protect personal data transferred across the Atlantic in a bid to fight crime and terrorism.
Digital 20-05-2016

EU cybersecurity and police chiefs reach breakthrough agreement on encryption

Two EU agencies that have been on opposite sides of a heated debate over encryption just agreed on limits to law enforcement agencies' access to private data.
Digital 19-05-2016

Google invokes free speech in French fine appeal

Google said Thursday (19 May) it feared for free speech if France succeeded in forcing it to apply the right to have information about a person removed from its search engines not just in France, but worldwide.
Digital 13-04-2016

EU privacy watchdogs demand improvements to ‘Privacy Shield’

European privacy watchdogs gave a damning verdict of the Privacy Shield, the draft deal for data transfers from the EU to the US, and warned the European Commission to shore up gaps in the new agreement on national security agencies.
Digital 15-03-2016

Oettinger: Privacy Shield should take effect in June

The Privacy Shield data transfer agreement with the US could go into effect this June, EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said yesterday (14 March).
EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova
Digital 29-02-2016

Commission wants EU-US ‘Privacy Shield’ by end of June

The European Commission is racing to rubberstamp its Privacy Shield agreement to allow companies to transfer data to the United States.
Digital 16-02-2016

Commission’s ‘Umbrella Agreement’ with US under fire from MEPs

The US-EU Safe Harbour agreement allowed over 4,000 companies to transfer data from the EU to the US - provided the companies guaranteed the data's security abroad.  
Digital 27-11-2015

Commission to unveil Internet of Things plan by mid-2016

The European Commission is considering a comprehensive plan to support the growing connectivity between machines, but may settle for a more targeted initiative as part of its Digital Single Market strategy, EURACTIV has learned.
Google's office in Hamburg
Digital 28-10-2015

Tech industry association bashes German privacy watchdogs

The European tech industry is firing back against German data privacy chiefs, who announced this week that they would suspend data transfers to the United States and suggested businesses operating in Europe store data only in EU member states.
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PRISM scandal threatens EU-US ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) could be tempted to invalidate "Safe Harbour" agreements on data retention between the United States and the European Union because of the PRISM spying scandal, writes Yann Padova.