EU Lawmakers Seek Access to Encrypted Signal, WhatsApp Chats: Reports

EU Lawmakers Seek Access to Encrypted Signal, WhatsApp Chats: Reports

Lawmakers in the European Union may push for access to end-to-end encrypted chats in popular apps such as Signal and WhatsApp, according to a draft proposal circulated by the German government—currently president of the EU—over the weekend.

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

The European Union has agreed to stricter rules on the sale and export of cyber-surveillance technologies like facial recognition and spyware.

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

A leaked draft resolution from the Council of the European Union highlights that the government is planning to crack down on the end-to-end (e2e) encryption used by messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp. What the EU is calling for is a “balance” between regular encryption use and lawful access to encrypted data.

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The EDPS strongly encourages [European Union Institutions] to ensure that any new processing operations or new contracts with any service providers does not involve transfers of personal data to the United States.

EU could force Apple to share user data with competitors

EU could force Apple to share user data with competitors

Major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon may be required to share customer data with smaller rivals, should the European Union's Digital Services Act pass.The Digital Services Act is designed to curb anticompetitive behavior by major tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

Transatlantic privacy is over

Transatlantic privacy is over

The Safe Harbor Privacy Principles issued by the US Department of Commerce in July 2000 was the first framework for regulating transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes between the European Union and the United States.

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday, July 16, 2020 that an agreement that allows big tech companies to transfer data to the United States is invalid, and that national regulators need to take tougher action to protect the privacy of users' data.

OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised

OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised

For example, Vint Cerf, widely recognized as one of the creators of the Internet, has recently written an article for the Indian site Medianama entitled “Internet Lessons from COVID19“, in which he warns: Variations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are propagating around the world with good intent although implementation has shown some unintended consequences, not least of which may be the ability to share health information that would assist in finding a vaccine against SARS-COV-2.

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

The European Union has called on Apple to remove from the App Store contact tracing apps that don’t have appropriate privacy safeguards.

Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

BRUSSELS — The European Union has scrapped the possibility of a ban on facial recognition technology in public spaces, according to the latest proposals seen by Reuters.

The US needs a national privacy law for personal data, Salesforce co-CEO says

The US needs a national privacy law for personal data, Salesforce co-CEO says

25, 2018.DAVOS, Switzerland — The United States needs to develop a national privacy law for personal data, in a similar fashion to what the European Union has done, the head of Salesforce said at a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Tuesday.

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.

What does GDPR mean for UX?

What does GDPR mean for UX?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) act came into effect in May last year — it’s a legal framework that sets out guidelines on how to collect and process personal information within the European Union.

Net Neutrality Violations by European Union ISPs Being Reported

Net Neutrality Violations by European Union ISPs Being Reported

In news that is less than surprising, a number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the European Union (EU) are accused of violating net neutrality. Instead of generating profits by user profiling, a decentralized ISP would allow users access to the internet without divulging private information.

Opinion | If We Care So Much About What Google Knows, Why Do We Keep Telling It Everything?

Opinion | If We Care So Much About What Google Knows, Why Do We Keep Telling It Everything?

Plus: Has it made one whit of difference that we’re now alerted to the use of cookies on websites, thanks to that recent rule issued by the European Union ?

Most Companies Aren't Ready for California's Tough New Privacy Law

Most Companies Aren't Ready for California's Tough New Privacy Law

About half of the professionals surveyed currently fall under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, a set of new privacy laws that went into effect in May. Of those professionals, half of them say their GDPR programs are helping them plan for California’s new rules.

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.

EU mulls cyber defense against US surveillance

EU mulls cyber defense against US surveillance

As a key component of its official cyber security strategy, the European Union has explicitly emphasized the importance of protecting basic rights as its member states and the private sector bolster defenses against digital attacks.

German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook's Whole Ad Business

German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook's Whole Ad Business

But Facebook says that tracking people makes the services safer and better, and that the FCO misses how much the company has done in order to comply with the General Data Protection regulation passed by the European Union in 2018.

We Need to Fix the ‘Data Wild West’

We Need to Fix the ‘Data Wild West’

Ignite is marketed as a “revolutionary portfolio of premier data and advanced analytics solutions.” Equifax claims that the product aims to offer companies specialised data, so they can “pinpoint specific risk groups, target audiences and more.” Under all of this lingo lies a striking reality: the personal data of millions of people outside of the European Union might be on the databases Equifax is selling to its customers, many of them without any legal safeguards in regard to its use.

Privacy Groups Claim Online Ads Can Target Abuse Victims

Privacy Groups Claim Online Ads Can Target Abuse Victims

New documents filed Monday with regulators in Poland, the UK, and Ireland claim that the way personal data is handled during the process of matching advertisements to ad slots does not comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation , a strict set of consumer privacy rules that went into effect in May. The documents focus on the categories that key players in the ad-tech industry have adopted to instantly match advertisers with appropriate users or content.

Microsoft's president says tech's bruising 2018 has left scars that will result in US federal regulation as early as this year

Microsoft's president says tech's bruising 2018 has left scars that will result in US federal regulation as early as this year

Referring to the so-called "tech lash," which was in part sparked by Facebook's giant Cambridge Analytica data breach in March 2018, Smith said the incident "captivated people's attention in a way that data breaches or issues in the past had not." The European Union significantly strengthened privacy laws with the introduction of GDPR, while California broke ground with its own privacy legislation last year.

Google wins interim victory in final phase of ‘right to be forgotten’ case

Google wins interim victory in final phase of ‘right to be forgotten’ case

The European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled back in 2014 that individuals have a right to require Google to remove sensitive information from search results. But the advocate general recommended ordering Google to use the same geolocation technology to remove the results from all Google websites when accessed from any EU country.

Why 2019 might finally bring a national privacy law for the US

Why 2019 might finally bring a national privacy law for the US

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) The most surprising moment in a turbulent year for online privacy may have come in a House Judiciary Committee hearing in early December—when a Republican from Texas said the U.S. needed to follow the European Union’s lead.

Privacy Shield: A Framework Protecting Europe's Personal Data in the US

Privacy Shield: A Framework Protecting Europe's Personal Data in the US

Because the rules differ between the European Union and the United States, U.S. companies that collect, transfer and store EU personal data must find ways to obey the appropriate rules.

What does GDPR Mean for Businesses Outside Europe

What does GDPR Mean for Businesses Outside Europe

The European Union enacted the “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR), which set forth new regulations for commercial companies and organizations to handle online user data. European data regulators can impose a penalty of up to 4% of global annual sales, whenever a company violates the new GDPR law.

Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to restrict sharing of personal data, poll finds

Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to restrict sharing of personal data, poll finds

The Hill.TV/American Barometer poll asked registered voters to choose from several provisions enacted earlier this year in the European Union's sweeping privacy law – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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.

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

The Washington Post newspaper's online subscription options don't comply with European Union data protection rules – but the UK's privacy watchdog can only issue it with a firm telling off.

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