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Digital 01-07-2020

Commission conducting ‘preparatory work’ should ECJ invalidate privacy shield 

The European Commission is preparing for the eventuality that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may invalidate the EU-US data transfer agreement, known as the Privacy Shield, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.
Digital 01-07-2020

EU data watchdog to ‘convince’ Commission to ban automated recognition tech

Automated recognition technologies in public spaces should be temporarily banned, the EU's institutional data protection watchdog has said, arguing in favour of a moratorium.
Data protection 24-06-2020

Commission uncertain on future UK data adequacy agreement 

The European Commission has said that it 'cannot predict' whether the UK will be fit for a data transfer adequacy agreement with the EU as part of ongoing negotiations on a future trade deal between the two parties.
Digital 23-06-2020

LEAK: Commission pushes UK for ‘high degree of convergence’ in GDPR review

The European Commission will tomorrow (24 June) highlight the importance of the UK abiding by EU data protection rules as part of a future relationship between the two parties, in the first review of the landmark general data protection regulation, obtained by EURACTIV.
Digital 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 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.
Digital 28-04-2020

Cell phone data shows abrupt shift in crowd patterns amid pandemic

The largest conglomerations of people worldwide at the start of this year could be observed at train and bus stations, airports, city squares and parks.
Digital 23-04-2020

UK pushes ahead with contact tracing app; EDPB issues privacy warnings

The UK's National Health Service has begun testing a mobile application designed to trace the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The moves comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock ramps the UK's efforts in contact tracing technologies.
Digital 21-04-2020

EPP cite controversial PEPP-PT as example for single European COVID-19 app

The controversial Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT) project provides a good example of how an EU COVID-19 mobile app should function, the European Parliament's largest political group said on Tuesday (21 April), drawing criticism from other parties.
Digital 14-04-2020

Commission COVID-19 data sharing aims to be operational ‘as soon as possible’ 

A European Commission initiative to acquire and use telecommunications data in order to track the spread of the coronavirus across the bloc should be operational 'as soon as possible,' the EU executive has said.
Digital 07-04-2020

UK video games to deliver ‘geotargeted’ COVID-19 warnings to players

The UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced a partnership with a contingency of the UK’s leading video games firms to deliver in-game coronavirus warnings to players.
Data protection 26-03-2020

EU’s Breton defends COVID-19 telecoms data acquisition plans

The European Commission's Internal Market chief Thierry Breton has defended plans to obtain mobile data from EU telecom firms during the coronavirus outbreak, saying the acquisition of certain datasets allows for a clearer reading of "the impact of the confinement measures taken by member states."
Digital 25-03-2020

Commission touts importance of ‘data for common good’ amid COVID-19 privacy concerns

The European Commission will task EU governments with establishing structures that facilitate the use of data for the 'common good' before the end of the year. The executive is hoping that the response to the Coronavirus crisis can demonstrate the power of data analytics.
Digital 15-01-2020

Indiscriminate data retention ‘incompatible’ with EU charter, ECJ says

Cases of 'general and indiscriminate' data retention by EU national security authorities seriously interfere with the privacy protections enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, according to a non-binding opinion from the European Court of Justice delivered on Wednesday.
Data protection 23-10-2019

EU seeks ‘concrete’ improvements to Privacy Shield, as advocacy group calls the accord a ‘big mistake’

The European Commission has called for a number of 'concrete steps' to be made in order to improve the EU's data transfer accord with the US, the Privacy Shield. Meanwhile, the data protection group Access Now has come out in criticism of the agreement and called for it to be suspended.
Digital 24-09-2019

Google wins landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case in blow for privacy advocates

Google has fended off a landmark legal challenge from the French data protection authority after the EU's top court ruled that the search engine giant does not have to apply 'right to be forgotten' rules globally.
Data protection 26-08-2019

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

It may sound like a strange thing to enshrine in a country's constitution: the right to pay cash. But a debate on whether to do just that has entered Austria's election campaign, shining a light on the country's love of cold, hard currency.
Digital 27-06-2019

AI is ‘biggest change for society since printing revolution’, top expert says

Artificial Intelligence has taken huge strides in the last decade. It can now recognise faces, coordinate self-driving cars or even compose music. W. Brian Arthur talked to EURACTIV Germany about why AI is "an enormous change for our society" and why it is important to regulate it carefully.
Digital 06-06-2019

Digital Brief: The power of online platforms

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. 
Data protection 05-06-2019

Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

Google’s privacy woes are set to increase after campaigners on Tuesday (4 June) filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way it deals with data in online advertising.
Data protection 22-05-2019

Jourova urges member states to respect ‘the spirit of the GDPR’

EU member states must "respect to the letter and the spirit of the GDPR," Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová said  on Wednesday (22 May), after it transpired that some member states are yet to adapt their national legislation to fall in line with EU rules.
Data protection 03-04-2019

‘Regulation will not solve Facebook’s problems,’ Commission says

Better regulation won't divert attention away from Facebook's shortfalls in other areas, European Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told EURACTIV.com, criticising Mark Zuckerberg's recent call for tighter regulatory frameworks on internet services.
Cybersecurity 27-02-2019

Chinese cybersecurity law is a ‘loaded weapon,’ senior US official says

China’s cybersecurity law allows the state to conduct foreign espionage projects, and its legislation is comparable to a “loaded gun” that the rest of the world should not want to stand in front of, a senior US official told EURACTIV on Wednesday (26 February). But Chinese officials were adamant that this was not the case.
Data protection 19-02-2019

‘Digital gangsters’: UK parliament slams Facebook on data protection, disinformation

A UK Parliamentary report has singled out Facebook for failing to effectively protect user data and stem the spread of disinformation across its platform, saying that the tech giant "is unwilling to be accountable to regulators around the world."
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