Category Archives: CPO Magazine

Halt Mass Collection of Biometric Data Say NGOs
Halt Mass Collection of Biometric Data Say NGOs

Led by EDRi, 44 organizations have sounded the alarm about indiscriminate biometric data collection. As of May 2020, at least 15 European countries are experimenting with biometric technologies for purposes which amount to mass surveillance, they say.

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Centralized or Decentralized, All Tracking Apps Fall Foul of User Error
Centralized or Decentralized, All Tracking Apps Fall Foul of User Error

Although “there’s no clear evidence that use of contact tracing apps will help us contain the spread of COVID-19, governments around the globe have nonetheless decided that’s what they are going to try.

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Fuzzy Anonymity Rules Could Stymie EU’s Big Data Sharing Ideas
Fuzzy Anonymity Rules Could Stymie EU’s Big Data Sharing Ideas

The EU wants to see more non-personal data shared between businesses, but that could prove easier said than done. On 19 February, the European Commission presented a three-part package to boost Europe’s digital economy, including a European strategy for data. …

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Council of Europe Drawing the Lines on Algorithmic Decision Making
Council of Europe Drawing the Lines on Algorithmic Decision Making

On 8 April the Council of Europe published its guidelines on how to use algorithms and automation while at the same time protecting human rights.

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Beating the Pandemic and Data Protection Are Not Mutually Exclusive
Beating the Pandemic and Data Protection Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Tracking the spread of COVID-19 with precise data is self-evidently one of the key tools needed to slow the spread of the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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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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