Transatlantic privacy is over

Transatlantic privacy is over

The Safe Harbor Privacy Principles issued by the US Department of Commerce in July 2000 was the first framework for regulating transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes between the European Union and the United States.

Your Online Choices

Your Online Choices

The cross-industry self-regulatory initiative was developed by leading European bodies to introduce pan-European standards to enhance transparency and user control over data used for interest based advertising.

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

From February 2019, EDRi met with academics, civil society organisations and representatives of the European Commission and the Parliament to better understand what type of reform was envisaged for the e-Commerce Directive.

Clear Channel to start tracking consumers with billboards in Europe

Clear Channel to start tracking consumers with billboards in Europe

Radar is a program that gives advertisers access to anonymized phone location data of those that pass by billboards with their ads on them and represents the pinnacle of outdoor ad tracking.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 31, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 31, 2020

The Privacy Shield framework, which allowed the large companies like Facebook to send data from Europe to the United States, has been ruled invalid by the Court of Justice.

It Just Got Harder for AI Companies to Import European Personal Data

It Just Got Harder for AI Companies to Import European Personal Data

Last week’s decision means that AI companies can no longer rely on the Privacy Shield program to import personal data from EEA member states to the U.S. There might be a way to make binding corporate rules work for intra-enterprise transfers to the U.S. But for the vast majority of U.S.-based AI companies, they will now need to use the Standard Contractual Clauses as a transfer mechanism.

China Is What Orwell Feared

China Is What Orwell Feared

Having set up beachheads in Asia, Europe, and Africa, China’s AI companies are now pushing into Latin America, a region the Chinese government describes as a “core economic interest.” China financed Ecuador’s $240 million purchase of a surveillance-camera system.

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

To gather information, the European Commission has demanded internal documents from Facebook that include 2,500 specific key phrases.Facebook says that means handing over unrelated but highly sensitive data.The European Commission says it will defend the case in court, and its investigation into Facebook's potential anticompetitive conduct is ongoing.

Google victory in German top court over right to be forgotten

Google victory in German top court over right to be forgotten

The cases stem from a 2014 ruling in the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which found that EU citizens had the right to request search engines, such as Alphabet's Google and Microsoft's Bing, remove "inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive" search results linked to their name.

Anti-Piracy Groups Mull "Know Your Customer" Proposal to Tackle Pirate Sites * TorrentFreak

Anti-Piracy Groups Mull "Know Your Customer" Proposal to Tackle Pirate Sites * TorrentFreak

Anti-piracy groups and rightsholders in Europe are reportedly interested in a so-called "Know Your Customer" proposal to tackle pirate sites.

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday, July 16, 2020 that an agreement that allows big tech companies to transfer data to the United States is invalid, and that national regulators need to take tougher action to protect the privacy of users' data.

Top EU court ditches transatlantic data transfer deal

Top EU court ditches transatlantic data transfer deal

The ruling effectively ends the privileged access companies in the United States had to personal data from Europe and puts the country on a similar footing to other nations outside the bloc, meaning data transfers are likely to face closer scrutiny.

EU Court Again Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Companies Inadequate for Privacy

EU Court Again Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Companies Inadequate for Privacy

The Court cited government programs like PRISM and Upstream as its primary reason for ending data flows between Europe and the United States, not the (admittedly woeful) privacy practices of the companies themselves.

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

(Reuters) - A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites.

When Police Are Hackers: Hundreds Charged as Encrypted Network Is Broken

When Police Are Hackers: Hundreds Charged as Encrypted Network Is Broken

PARIS — The police in Europe said Thursday they had arrested hundreds of people on suspicion of drug trafficking and other crimes after successfully hacking into an encrypted phone network being used by organized criminals around the world.

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

The different European apps use low-energy signals shared by devices with Bluetooth technology to anonymously record whether there are people nearby.Like Britain, France rejected new mobile software for tracing apps jointly developed by United States technology companies Google and Apple.

OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised

OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised

For example, Vint Cerf, widely recognized as one of the creators of the Internet, has recently written an article for the Indian site Medianama entitled “Internet Lessons from COVID19“, in which he warns: Variations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are propagating around the world with good intent although implementation has shown some unintended consequences, not least of which may be the ability to share health information that would assist in finding a vaccine against SARS-COV-2.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

In a letter [PDF] sent to data protection authorities in Europe, Thomas Le Bonniec expresses his frustration that, despite exposing in April 2019 that Apple has hired hundreds of people to analyze recordings that its users were unaware had been made, nothing appears to have changed.

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

The judge ruled the matter was within the scope of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).One expert said the ruling reflected the "position that the European Court has taken over many years".The case went to court after the woman refused to delete photographs of her grandchildren which she had posted on social media.

Noyb files complaint against Google under GDPR, saying Android Advertising ID can be tracked

Noyb files complaint against Google under GDPR, saying Android Advertising ID can be tracked

A privacy advocacy group called Noyb – European Center for Digital Rights has filed a legal complaint with the Austrian Data Protection Agency against Google under Europe’s GDPR law .

Axel Voss, in an Interview: anyone Who has the App, is the first to be allowed to return to the Restaurant

Axel Voss, in an Interview: anyone Who has the App, is the first to be allowed to return to the Restaurant

Would not be a pan-European App better?A pan-European App would have a great advantage: The citizens would identify more closely with the EU.Of course, privacy must be ensured, in the opinion of the European data protection supervisor, but this is also the case of Central systems.

German EPP delegation want special treatment for app users

German EPP delegation want special treatment for app users

MEPs belonging to Germany’s CDU/CSU outfit have published a wish list for a European digital response to the corona pandemic, featuring recommendations for the lifting of quarantine restrictions for people who install contact tracing apps.

Farewell from Cliqz

Farewell from Cliqz

People asked us over the last years how Cliqz could fail.And most of all, we failed to convince the political stakeholders, that Europe desperately needs an own independent digital infrastructure.Most of all, we did not fail creating an amazing and passionate team around Cliqz.

Swiss pull out of European contact tracing App project

Swiss pull out of European contact tracing App project

(Keystone) Two Swiss technology institutes have distanced themselves from a European anti-coronavirus tracing App project, saying it is not respectful enough of personal privacy.The Federal Technology Institute Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH Zurich have been participating in the “Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing” project (PEPP-PT), which involves 130 organizations from eight countries.

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

The European Union has called on Apple to remove from the App Store contact tracing apps that don’t have appropriate privacy safeguards.

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

However, in February, the European Commission suddenly instructed employees to switch to the popular messaging app Signal due to growing security and data privacy concerns with WhatsApp. Numerous reports have emerged in recent years that WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption may not be sufficient to ensure the privacy of users' data or prevent hackers from using the app to install spyware on devices.

EU privacy watchdog calls for a pan-European smartphone app to track coronavirus

EU privacy watchdog calls for a pan-European smartphone app to track coronavirus

Faced with tens of thousands of coronavirus-related deaths, governments across the continent have launched, or plan to quickly launch smartphone tracking apps to trace people who came into contact with those infected and to monitor people under quarantine.

Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has stated that no privacy laws are being breached – as long as there are safeguards.A potential new norm that is not good for privacy: Telecoms sharing “anonymized” location data with governments.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

McLaws – a professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Australia, and a member of European, US and UK epidemiology and infection control bodies – told The Register tracking played a key role in nations that were able to flatten the exponential curve of COVID-19 cases – particularly Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

The European Commission has told its staff to switch to the encrypted Signal messaging app in a move that’s designed to increase the security of its communications.

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