One year after the entry into force of landmark EU rules to better protect personal data, nearly 145,000 complaints have been registered, an initial assessment revealed on Wednesday. The "General Data Protection Regulation" (GDPR), launched on May 25 last year, enhances the rights of internet users and requires all companies to request explicit consent to use personal data collected or processed in the EU. The EU has billed the GDPR as the biggest shake-up of data privacy regulations since the birth of the web, saying it sets new standards as the world seeks closer scrutiny of Facebook, Google and Amazon. It also gives citizens the "right to know" when their data is hacked. The complaints have already triggered severe penalties, including France's record 50 million euros fine on US giant Google for not doing enough to inform users on how their data is used. "The main aim of the rules has been to empower people and help them to gain more control over their personal data," said EU … [Read more...] about One year on, EU has 145,000 data law complaints
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Europe By Adam Fleming BBC News, Brussels 16 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48280134 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The candidates to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission have clashed … [Read more...] about Candidates spar on TV for top EU job
In her role as partner head of data/IP/TMT at Wildgen, a Luxembourg law firm, Emmanuelle Ragot shares her thoughts on the status of GDPR, nearly one year on. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been applied since 25 May 2018. Although the GDPR is a regulation by opposition to a directive, therefore directly binding and applicable, areas within the regulation require the EU member states to supplement the GDPR with local legislation. Luxembourg has already enacted GDPR law in August 2018, but five EU member states have not yet passed such legislation. Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal and Slovenia still need to adapt their legal frameworks to the new EU-wide rules. Concomitantly, this year has stressed the importance of the GDPR in the light of recent large-scale data breaches. As data practitioners, we are witness to the positive outcome the GDPR has had in raising the awareness on data protection and rights/requirements available to … [Read more...] about Nearly one year after application of GDPR: what’s the status?
The European Union is about to become a lot safer — at least on paper. Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area. The database — merging previously separate systems tracking migration, travel and crime — will grant officials access to a person’s verified identity with a single fingerprint scan. The question, say the plan’s critics, is whether it truly represents an improvement to safety — and whether it adequately takes into account concerns about civil liberties and privacy. Data protection experts warn the database, which is set to be approved in the European Parliament Tuesday, will be unnecessarily invasive. Intended to help law enforcement authorities better track and monitor terrorists, criminals and unauthorized immigrants, it could instead undermine the EU’s own data protection laws and lead to serious rights … [Read more...] about EU pushes to link tracking databases
As we stand helplessly on the brink of calamity for our nearest neighbour and collateral damage for us, let’s face some home truths. We need the EU.We need their support, their protection and their friendship. Countries need allies. Small countries need them even more than big countries.We are a tiny country and the EU is the best ally on offer; better than a third country UK and better than the US.We need a currency with which to trade with the rest of the world. The basic choice comes down to the euro or sterling. Which do you want now?So we have to join some dots here, no matter how painful it is. We needed the bailout. We needed the euro to survive. We needed to stay in it. We needed to stay friends with Europe.We were right to play by the EU’s rules at the time of the crash. As a small, open, trading economy, we never had the luxury of making enemies of the EU 27.We are now nearly back to full employment and our population will reach pre-Famine levels within 30 years. … [Read more...] about Chaotic Brexit serves to illustrate how much we need EU integration