California Dreamin’: Is a Single State EU Data Protection Deal on the Cards?
California Dreamin’: Is a Single State EU Data Protection Deal on the Cards?

On 9 January, the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee, LIBE, discussed the Privacy Shield arrangement between the EU and the US. One question about whether the EU could do a deal with a single US state stood out.

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EU Parliament debates: Could California be considered ‘adequate’ on its own?
EU Parliament debates: Could California be considered ‘adequate’ on its own?

Could California have its own Privacy Shield arrangement separate from the rest of the U.S.? That was the most exciting question that emerged from a discussion about the data-transfer agreement’s third annual review at the European Parliament Thursday.

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Your vote is for sale and Big Tech is selling it
Your vote is for sale and Big Tech is selling it

We live in an Age of Disinformation. Political campaigning — often verging on propaganda — has existed for centuries, so what’s changed. Why has the transition to a digital advertising space caused so much concern?

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How the ePrivacy Regulation talks failed … again
How the ePrivacy Regulation talks failed … again

This week, the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of the European Union once again rejected the latest draft of the ePrivacy Regulation.  The Nov. 22 vote means that the member states still cannot agree on a common position this year.

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UK Data Protection Watchdog Asks for Seizure Powers
UK Data Protection Watchdog Asks for Seizure Powers

The General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) was widely hailed for bringing in tougher new sanctions that regulators hoped would give them more powers of enforcement. But this week the British watchdog, the ICO said that it wanted further powers to seize …

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Proposed Digital Commissioner Faces Questions Over Conflict of Interests
Proposed Digital Commissioner Faces Questions Over Conflict of Interests

The European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents will decide on 21 November if the French pick for European Commissioner passes muster. But Thierry Breton faces several hurdles.

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AI: Ethics and Algorithms
AI: Ethics and Algorithms

In October a German group published its position on ethics and AI. With the new European Commission tipped to put forward a comprehensive AI policy in the first 100 days of office, a lot of scrutiny has been given to …

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Finland eyes ePrivacy agreement before year’s end
Finland eyes ePrivacy agreement before year’s end

The Presidency of the EU Council is expected to propose yet another iteration of the ePrivacy text for the next meeting of the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society.

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Deepfakes Could Break the Internet
Deepfakes Could Break the Internet

We’ve heard the threat before, but the emerging technology is genuinely worrying. We could already be swimming in a world of deepfakes and the public wouldn’t even know. After all, how would we?

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