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Austrian privacy chief handed leash to EU's data protection beast

The leader of the Austrian data protection authority has been elected chair of the body responsible for helping organisations follow European privacy laws. Andrea Jelinek will take the reins at the Article 29 Working Party from the French authority's president, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who has led the body for the past four …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Feb 2018
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EU hitches its cart to the blockchain bandwagon

Not wanting to be too late to the blockchain party, the European Commission has launched a forum to keep an eye on developments and pool ideas on governance. The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has the lofty aim of being a centre for discussions about the tech and how it can be used, as well as a link between regulators, …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Feb 2018
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EU bods up GDPR ante: Threatens legislative laggards with ‘infringement procedure’

The European Commission has admitted readiness for incoming data protection rules is very varied across the bloc, with just two countries having adapted their national laws. With just four months to go before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect, the Commission has pushed out a mass of information, online …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jan 2018

Europe slaps €997m antitrust fine on Qualcomm

Updated The European Commission today slapped a €997m (£872m) fine on Qualcomm for abusing its dominant market position - finding it paid billions to Apple to exclusively use its chips. The Snapdragon chip designer blocked rivals by making significant payments to a key customer on condition it would not buy cellular modem chipsets …
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2018

Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy – you forgot about Europe's GDPR already

Comment Europe's General Data Protection Regulation scare season is in full swing and suppliers are pretty much saying "buy our stuff or risk fines up to four per cent of your annual revenues." If you haven't done any preparation yet, is it really that bad and what should you do? If you trade in or with an EU country and record …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017
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EU data protection groups: Fix Privacy Shield or face lawsuit

European data protection agencies have told authorities to address their “significant concerns” about Privacy Shield, or risk having the deal tested in court. The Privacy Shield agreement governs transatlantic data flows and is the product of a lengthy wrangle after the Safe Harbor agreement was ruled invalid back in 2014. …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Dec 2017
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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

French activists on Saturday occupied a Paris Apple Store as part of a campaign to try and shame Cupertino into paying local taxes. According to local reports, around 100 members of an anti-globalisation group called Attac occupied the store, near the Paris Opera, for “several hours”. Agence France Presse quoted Attac's …
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EU's data protection bods join the party to investigate Uber breach

The massive Uber data breach will be discussed by the European Union's data protection authorities next week. The group, known as the Article 29 Working Party, is meeting on November 28-29 and has put the hack, which affected 57 million users, high on its agenda. A spokeswoman for the group, which is chaired by Isabelle …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Nov 2017
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EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems' bid to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook has been dealt a blow by the advocate general advising the European Court of Justice. The PhD student has been embroiled in a years-long battle with Facebook over its privacy policies and data-sharing with US spy agencies. It has seen …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Nov 2017

Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem

As the European Commission mulls Google's own remedy to its anti-competitive behaviour on the web, the former startup behind the original complaint has warned of possible consequences. Foundem was destroyed by Google's promotion of its own Google Shopping – which doesn't offer customers the best deal, but is another pay-for- …
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EU law bods closer to baking new 'cookie law' after battle

MEPs have today voted in favour of moving on with legislation that aims to give users more rights over websites that wish to track them. The highly anticipated vote came after a week of political wrangling by centre-right MEPs, who have said that the ePrivacy regulation as it stands would "stifle innovation". The committee …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Oct 2017
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MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad industry pressure

European legislation that aims to put over-the-top services on a level pegging with their more traditional telecoms counterparts, and gives users more rights over websites tracking them, has been approved by a committee of MEPs. The proposed ePrivacy rules, which will update a directive that was last amended in 2009, have been …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017

Amazon told to repay €250m in 'unfair state aid' from Luxembourg

The European Commission has ordered Amazon to repay €250m (£222m) for benefiting from illegal and unfair state aid courtesy of Luxembourg. A ruling in the tiny Euro nation reduced Amazon's tax bill for more than eight years, from May 2006 to June 2014. But the commission today decided that tax break was not justified. Amazon …
Kat Hall, 4 Oct 2017
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European Commission refers Ireland to court over failure to collect €13bn in tax from Apple

The European Commission has lobbed Ireland into the Euro Court of Justice for refusing to extract from Apple illegal tax benefits worth up to €13bn (£11.5bn, $15bn). It follows the commission's decision in August last year that Ireland's tax benefits to Apple were illegal under EU state aid rules because it allowed the iGiant …
Kat Hall, 4 Oct 2017

Google's pay-to-play 'remedy' is warming Eurocrats' hearts

Regulators are warming to Google's preferred remedy to the European Commission's vertical search competition investigation, according to a briefing given to Bloomberg. Google wants to create panels that third-party sites can bid for, as a remedy to the vertical search judgement, which concluded that Google had abused its …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2017

Hi Facebook, Google, we think we might tax your ads instead – lots of love, Europe x

More details have emerged on the various plans being considered by European governments to force internet giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon to pay more in taxes, including a levy on internet ads and even withholding money for online transactions. Following a letter earlier this month from the finance ministers of Europe' …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2017
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EU watchdog: Govt bods are seeking 'legal knockouts' to dodge transparency

Public bodies are taking an increasingly “legalistic” approach to disclosing information that doesn’t always support transparency, the European Union’s dodgy management watchdog has said. In a speech at the International Conference of Information Commissioners, EU ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said that, although a high proportion …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Sep 2017
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European Commission proposes more powers for EU's infosec agency

The European Commission has proposed an expansion in the role of ENISA, the EU's cybersecurity agency. During his State of the Union speech on Wednesday, Jean-Claude Juncker outlined plans to widen ENISA's remit through a Cybersecurity Act. Under a revised mandate, ENISA would be tasked with introducing an EU-wide …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2017

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