COVID-19 Threatens More Than Your Health – Civil Liberties Are About to Be Slashed
COVID-19 Threatens More Than Your Health – Civil Liberties Are About to Be Slashed

The pattern is not new. We’ve seen it dozens of times before – following every major terrorist attack there has been a push from authorities for more tracking, more surveillance. It is not a question of “if” but “when,” and how …

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Pandemic incites concerns about data-sharing overreach
Pandemic incites concerns about data-sharing overreach

Proportionality — that’s the watchword companies need to adhere to in times of crisis. The challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and concerted efforts to stop its spread have thrown data protection law into the global spotlight.

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Brave adds GDPR complaint to Irish DPC’s plate
Brave adds GDPR complaint to Irish DPC’s plate

On March 16, Brave filed a second EU General Data Protection Regulation complaint against Google for what it described as “Google’s internal data free-for-all.”

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It’s Feast or Famine With the EU’s New Trio of Digital Strategy Docs
It’s Feast or Famine With the EU’s New Trio of Digital Strategy Docs

On 19 February the European Commission presented three papers setting out no less than the digital future of the EU. So what are they exactly and why are they not laws?

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Critics on Croatia’s ePrivacy proposal: Legitimate interest provisions not legitimate
Critics on Croatia’s ePrivacy proposal: Legitimate interest provisions not legitimate

On Feb. 21, the Croatian presidency published its proposals to break the ePrivacy Regulation deadlock. Seven previous EU presidencies have tried and failed to find a compromise between member states.

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Europe aims to take global lead with strategies on AI, data
Europe aims to take global lead with strategies on AI, data

Despite huge media speculation in recent weeks on what it would say about facial recognition, the “White Paper on Artificial Intelligence” stopped well short of recommending a two- to three-year ban that had appeared in earlier leaked drafts.

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Top EU Judge Says Mass Snooping Is Illegal
Top EU Judge Says Mass Snooping Is Illegal

Advocate General (AG) of Europe’s highest court said that indiscriminate data retention by telecommunications providers is disproportionate and may breach fundamental rights and enable mass snooping.

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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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