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Artificial intelligence, data protection and elections

The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica case in 2018, revealing alleged misuse of personal data for political advertising, demonstrated how the underlying values of the European data protection rules are essential for democracy. The EU has recently adopted a series of additional initiatives to support free and fair elections, reflected not least in European Parliament (EP) debates and resolutions. Continue reading

Precision agriculture: legal, social and ethical considerations

Precision agriculture, or precision farming, is a modern farming management concept that, based on a number of technologies coming concurrently from outside the agricultural sector, is of increasing interest to of increasing interest to actors in related fields, as well as legislators across the EU. Continue reading

Rules for EU institutions’ processing of personal data [EU Legislation in Progress]

In the context of the comprehensive reform of the EU’s legal framework for data protection, the Commission tabled a proposal in January 2017 for a ‘regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and the free movement of such data’ and repealing the existing one (Regulation No 45/2001). Continue reading

Contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services [EU Legislation in Progress]

The digital content directive was proposed by the European Commission as part of a legislative package, alongside the online sales directive, to facilitate the development of the internal market for such content. Continue reading

Reform of the e-Privacy Directive [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy Podcast]

Written by Shara Monteleone, In January 2017, the Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation on privacy and electronic communications which would replace the current 2002 e-Privacy Directive. The main objectives of the review are: enhancing security and communications confidentiality; defining clearer rules on tracking technologies such as cookies; and achieving greater harmonisation among Member … Continue reading

Contracts for the supply of digital content and personal data protection

Written by Rafał Mańko and Shara Monteleone, The proposed directive on the supply of digital content is intended to regulate the main contractual rights and duties of parties to contracts for the supply of digital content and services, and create a harmonised legal framework for digital content to benefit both consumers and businesses. It covers … Continue reading

Revision of the Schengen Information System for border checks [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a large-scale information database that supports external border control and law enforcement cooperation in the Schengen states. Continue reading

All about the money: EU Budget, Data Protection, Tunisia – November II Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have spent three weeks negotiating a provisional agreement on the Commission’s proposed 2017 EU budget, which comes before Parliament’s November plenary session for a vote in plenary on Wednesday. The proposals use the flexibility of the multi-year spending programme, the Multiannual … Continue reading

Mass Surveillance of IT users?

Written by Peter Ide-Kostic What are the risks and opportunities for European information society? Context After the strong accusations by Edward Snowden in 2013 concerning the illicit use of mass surveillance by the US government and its partners worldwide; the LIBE committee launched an enquiry. The final report confirmed that, according to all publicly available evidence … Continue reading

TTIP: the question of data protection

Written by Jan Baeverstroem Contrary to EUs comprehensive data protection legislation, protection of privacy in the United States relies not only on federal and state legislation and regulation but also on private-sector regulation. The US Constitution’s First amendment protects citizens’ freedom of speech and the Fourth amendment protects citizens’ freedom of speech and right to … Continue reading

Net neutrality in Europe

Net neutrality means that data communications over a network are all processed in the same way, regardless of sender, receiver, application or content. This principle, and the fact that participating networks only make their ‘best effort’ to transmit all data, has historically underpinned the internet. However increasing demand for internet traffic, new applications that require … Continue reading

Big data: opportunities and privacy concerns

As datasets grow larger and increasingly complex, tools for processing them have become indispensable. However, their growing use has serious implications for privacy. Hence a heated debate has arisen over “big data”, with contrasting voices stressing either the gains or the risks involved and the difficulties in striking the right balance between the two. Sizeable … Continue reading

US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board : report on FISA and reactions

On 23 January 2014, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), published 238 page report on the Telephone Records Program Conducted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and on the Operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court. The report contains not only a statutory and constitutional analysis, but also presents recommendations … Continue reading

NSA surveillance of EU citizens

  3 other language versions available in pdf: NSA-Affäre: Was unternimmt das Europäische Parlament? Face à la surveillance par la NSA des citoyens européens, qu’a fait le Parlement européen? Wat heeft het EP gedaan aan het NSA-toezicht op EU-burgers? Citizens have been concerned about the US National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programmes since they were … Continue reading

Personal data protection package

6 language versions available in PDF format Datenschutzpaket Paquete sobre la protección de datos personales Protection des données à caractère personnel Pacchetto sulla protezione dei dati personali Pakiet dotyczący ochrony danych osobowych Personal data protection package The existing directive on personal data protection was enacted almost two decades ago, at the dawn of the digital … Continue reading

Cloud computing & Social Networks

Cloud Computing and Social Network Sites (SNS) are among some of the most controversially discussed developments in recent years. The opportunities of using powerful computing resources on demand via the web are considered as a possible driver for the growth of the European economy. Continue reading

A new chapter in the data retention controversy

In December 2013, Advocate-General Pedro Cruz Villalón delivered his opinion in a highly publicised case before the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) concerning the Data Retention Directive. This has reignited the debate over this controversial measure, described by the European Data Protection Supervisor as “the most privacy-invasive instrument ever adopted by the EU”. … Continue reading

NSA phone surveillance may be unconstitutional

In an article in The Guardian, Friday 7 June 2013, Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill publishes the story of an earlier contractual agent, Edward Snowden, with the US National Security Agency, NSA, about the Prism program, that, with the the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, can tap to user data from all over the world … Continue reading

Does online surveillance violate fundamental rights of EU citizens?

In the wake of revelations of large-scale electronic surveillance by the American National Security Agency (NSA), concern has been growing about European participation in surveillance of EU citizens. According to studies conducted by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), EU intelligence services often cooperate with the NSA and conduct their own legally questionable surveillance. On 4 July … Continue reading

Impact of surveillance programmes on EU citizens’ rights to privacy

6 language versions available in PDF formatLes conséquences des programmes de surveillance pour le droit des citoyens de l’Union européenne à la vie privée Impatto dei programmi di sorveglianza sui diritti dei cittadini dell’UE in materia di riservatezza Wpływ programów nadzoru na prawo obywateli UE do prywatności Impact of surveillance programmes on EU citizens’ rights … Continue reading

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