Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

This week Europol launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.The new Europol Decryption Platform, funded by the European Commission, will allow us to further enhance our support for Member State investigations.

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption with plans to allow law enforcement officials “targeted lawful access” to protected communications, according to a European Commission internal note seen by the Financial Times.

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

From February 2019, EDRi met with academics, civil society organisations and representatives of the European Commission and the Parliament to better understand what type of reform was envisaged for the e-Commerce Directive.

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

To gather information, the European Commission has demanded internal documents from Facebook that include 2,500 specific key phrases.Facebook says that means handing over unrelated but highly sensitive data.The European Commission says it will defend the case in court, and its investigation into Facebook's potential anticompetitive conduct is ongoing.

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

However, in February, the European Commission suddenly instructed employees to switch to the popular messaging app Signal due to growing security and data privacy concerns with WhatsApp. Numerous reports have emerged in recent years that WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption may not be sufficient to ensure the privacy of users' data or prevent hackers from using the app to install spyware on devices.

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

The European Commission has told its staff to switch to the encrypted Signal messaging app in a move that’s designed to increase the security of its communications.

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

The proposed plan, as released by the European Commission this week, names no names but still makes quite clear that the biggest US tech titans—especially Facebook and Google—would be squarely in the sights of any new legislation.

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Vast troves of data from how fast we drive our cars to how much time a robot needs to churn out products will open a new front in the battle for digital dominance, said Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s single market.

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world’s most popular internet search engine remains in its sights despite record fines in recent years.

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union -- this time focused on its job search service."We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it," a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement.

EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers

EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers

The new legislation gives whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law a "high level of protection". LuxLeaks: Whistleblowers working for PricewaterhouseCoopers leaked documents exposing favourable tax arrangements offered by Luxembourg to some of the world's biggest companies while European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister.

Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week: source

Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week: source

REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo The European Commission in 2016 opened a third case against the world’s most popular internet search engine by accusing Google of preventing third parties using its AdSense product from displaying search advertisements from Google’s competitors.

Protect freedom on radio devices: raise your voice today!

Protect freedom on radio devices: raise your voice today!

It requires hardware manufacturers of most devices sending and receiving radio signals to implement a barrier that disallows installing software which has not been certified by the manufacturer. It will send a signal to the European Commission that there are people who care about freedom on radio devices.

First Facebook investigation to be completed by summer: regulator

First Facebook investigation to be completed by summer: regulator

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union expects to conclude the first of seven investigations into the company’s use of personal data this summer and the remainder by the end of the year, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner said on Thursday.

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

With the Google Assistant built in, your security system is now even more helpful.” More cybersecurity news Kid’s creepy smartwatch recalled as hackers can locate and talk to kids While we are on the topic of potentially creepy IoT devices, it would be remiss not to mention the European Commission’s recall of the Enox Safe-Kid-One smartwatch, which poses a “serious” risk to kids since attackers could locate or even communicate with kids wearing the high-tech watch.

A kids’ smartwatch was recalled by the EU over privacy concerns

A kids’ smartwatch was recalled by the EU over privacy concerns

It was discovered that the watch, which is equipped with a GPS, microphone, and speaker to make calls and send SMS texts, could be easily hacked by third parties. Today’s news likely won’t be the last time the European commission sends out another warning about security flaws, or orders for a recall.

Facebook expands election integrity efforts ahead of EU vote

Facebook expands election integrity efforts ahead of EU vote

Nick Clegg, the new head of communications, told European officials those groups will collaborate with "lawmakers, election commissions, other tech companies, academics and civil society groups to continue the fight against fake news, prevent the spread of voter suppression efforts and further integrate the large number of teams working on these important issues across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp." In his speech, Clegg also touched on Facebook's efforts to remove networks of pages that propagate false information.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Renewed, Privacy Commitments Ignored

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Renewed, Privacy Commitments Ignored

The European Commission has renewed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a framework permitting the flow of European consumers' personal data to the U.S. Oddly, the Commission cited the FTC investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal (which has produced no outcome) and the appointment of three members to the PCLOB as support for renewal.

Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

Facebook tells TechCrunch it discovered the breach on September 25th, and informed the European Union’s privacy watchdog the Office Of The Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) on November 22nd. Curiously, Facebook discovered the bug on September 25th, the same day as its 30 million user breach.

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

MEPs call on the European Commission to suspend the Privacy Shield agreement (designed to protect EU citizens whose personal data are transferred to the US for commercial purposes), since US authorities failed to comply with its terms by 1 September 2018.