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Data protection 07-11-2018

Eurobarometer survey: Jourová rings ‘alarm bells’ ahead of EU Elections

EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová has delivered a stark message to member states ahead of the European elections in 2019, warning on Tuesday (6 November) that "the risk of interference and manipulation has never been so high."
Data protection 26-10-2018

Fighting digital authoritarianism: three proposals on how to tackle online interference

Our democracies in Europe are under attack from all sides – and online manipulations through fake news are at the heart of this threat.

Data protection 25-10-2018

Facebook hit with UK’s maximum fine as EU officials praise privacy efforts

Senior EU officials extolled the successes of the bloc’s data protection regulations on Thursday (25 October), as Facebook was fined £500,000 for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Digital 24-10-2018

US should ‘follow EU’ in privacy legislation, Apple chief says

Tim Cook, head of tech giant Apple, has rallied the US to “follow the lead” of the EU in privacy rules, saying that humanity is living amid a “data industrial complex” in which “our own information is being weaponised against us with military efficiency”.
Data protection 24-10-2018

Apple’s Cook set to back strong privacy laws in Europe, US at Brussels event

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is expected to praise new European privacy rules and to voice the company’s support for strong laws in Europe and the United States to protect the use of data, according to prepared remarks for delivery at a Brussels event.
Data protection 10-10-2018

EU privacy chief expects first round of fines under new law by year-end

Regulators are set to exercise their new powers by handing out fines and even temporary bans on companies that breach a new EU privacy law, with the first round of sanctions expected by the end of the year, the bloc’s privacy chief said.
Data protection 04-10-2018

A ‘fifth freedom’ of the EU: MEPs back an end to data localisation

MEPs voted on Thursday to (4 October) to support the final text on the free flow of non-personal data across the EU, hailed as a potential game changer for the digital economy. The regulation was adopted with overwhelming support in the European Parliament with 520 votes to 81.
Data protection 05-09-2018

Data agreement: EU jumps into bed with Japan as tensions rise over US privacy shield

The EU will look to ensure the safe transmission of data between the bloc and Japan, Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said on Wednesday (5 September). The announcement comes at a time the EU's other big data transmission agreement, the EU-US privacy shield, faces harsh criticism.
Data protection 20-10-2017

Facial recognition gains grounds in Europe, among big-brother fears

Facial recognition is gaining ground in Europe. But this technology, used to achieve common security objectives on the ground, raises questions about human rights. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 19-10-2017

Brussels promises more police access to encrypted data, but no backdoors

The European Commission insisted that it does not want to weaken encryption as part of its latest push to give law enforcement authorities more access to private data.
Digital 07-02-2017

EU’s eCall regulation sacrifices safety for privacy

Fitting vehicles with comprehensive crash reporting software is a huge opportunity to save lives. It is a crying shame policymakers caved to pressure from privacy advocates and watered down the regulation, writes Nick Wallace.
Trade & Society 02-12-2016

Netzpolitik editor: Trump will press on with ‘insidious’ TiSA deal

TTIP and CETA aren't the only controversial trade deals around. Net politics activist Markus Beckedahl told EURACTIV Germany that the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a huge threat to data protection.
Digital 25-05-2016

Google’s new system raises fresh privacy concerns

EXCLUSIVE / Germany's data protection commissioner, Andrea Voßhoff, has urged caution when it comes to Google Home and Amazon Echo: the companies' flagship voice command services. EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Digital 11-05-2016

Activists wary of ‘data super-authority’ Europol as reform looms

EU police agency Europol wants to track down and delete terrorist propaganda on the internet and have the practice enshrined in EU law. Data protection activists are sceptical. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Digital 29-04-2016

MEPs battle to get their vote on Privacy Shield

Liberal and socialist groups in the European Parliament have tried since March to set up a plenary vote on the controversial Privacy Shield data transfer agreement to the United States. With member states' final verdict slated for next month, MEPs are running out of time to vote before the deal is finalised.
Digital 14-04-2016

Parliament approves privacy rules after record number of amendments

MEPs approved new EU privacy rules today (14 April), including a regulation on consumer privacy that drew the aggressive ire of lobbyists during its four-year run through negotiations in the European Parliament.
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 30-03-2016

EU cybersecurity agency slams calls for encryption backdoors

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA has spoken out against creating backdoors for law enforcement agencies to access encrypted communication.
Transport 23-03-2016

Flight data deal is a reason for UK to stay in the EU, says Tory MEP

Timothy Kirkhope, the British MEP shepherding the controversial passenger name records (PNR) bill through the European Parliament, has named security one of the main reasons for the UK to remain in the EU.
Digital 18-03-2016

Privacy Shield negotiators on defensive ahead of member states’ review

EU member states will start reviewing details of the EU-US Privacy Shield next month and are getting ready for “extremely complex” discussions before they approve the deal.
Digital 03-03-2016

Member states swipe left: Tinder has (court) date in EU countries

Consumer organisations in three EU countries lodged complaints against US-based dating app Tinder today (3 March) for its restrictive user contracts.
Digital 15-02-2016

EU’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ policy sets bad precedent for free expression

Last week’s announcement that Google will begin suppressing links to URLs not only for searches on EU country-level domains, but also for searches conducted from within EU countries, is bad news, write Jens-Henrik Jeppesen and Emma Llansó.
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, president of the Article 29 Working Party
Digital 03-02-2016

EU watchdog Falque-Pierrotin: ‘We can’t just accept words’ on privacy shield

Data protection watchdogs from around the EU have reassured companies that they can continue transferring personal data to the US under alternative legal means—at least for the time being while the EU nails down details on its new 'privacy shield'.
EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova and Vice President Andrus Ansip
Digital 03-02-2016

Commission replaces Safe Harbour with rebranded ‘privacy shield’

The European Commission signed off on a new data transfer agreement with the US today (2 February) to replace the old Safe Harbour agreement.