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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Encryption and Why It Matters in a Data Retention World
Encryption and Why It Matters in a Data Retention World

Despite the landmark ruling by the ECJ, saying that indiscriminate data retention was illegal, several European countries are once again seeking to bring back the practice AND weaken encryption with “backdoors”.

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Google Can Forget You, But Only In Europe
Google Can Forget You, But Only In Europe

On Tuesday 24 September, Google has won what everyone is calling a “landmark case” against CNIL, the French data protection authority. At the heart of the matter is how far the ‘right to be forgotten’ rules extend. Spoiler alert! Not …

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Groundhog Day for Privacy Shield Review
Groundhog Day for Privacy Shield Review

Third annual review follows familiar template. International digital rights NGO, Access Now, called on the European Commission to strike down the Privacy Shield agreement that allows data sharing between EU and the US. Don’t bet on that happening.

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