Category Archives: CPO Magazine

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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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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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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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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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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