The Commission’s review finds the Privacy Shield to have several novel elements that address the requirements laid down by the European Court of Justice in the Schrems case. Namely, the Commission reports that “[The Privacy Shield] provides for more regular and rigorous monitoring by the Department of Commerce and significantly strengthens the possibilities for EU individuals to obtain redress.”
University of Washington researchers have shown just how cheaply spies can exploit ad networks for fine-grained, individualized surveillance.
Members of the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee handed privacy and data protection advocates a big win Thursday when they put Rapporteur Marju Lauristin’s proposals on the ePrivacy Regulation to the vote. The MEPs approved Lauristin’s report 31 to 25 and granted a mandate for further negotiations. It’s a hugely significant piece of legislation that will impact data protection landscape for decades to come.
It’s often true that privacy professionals talk about the datafication of our lives as being impersonal. In fact, however, data is incredibly personal and intimate, and the technologies we employ impact us in incredibly intimate ways. Given that, it’s important for privacy professionals to work beyond compliance and closely examine the ways technologies are going to be used, in particular, in asymmetric power dynamics.
The vast screen – which is around the size of four tennis courts – features facial and car recognition technology to target people with hidden cameras. It will be installed in London this month.
The complexity of the EU General Data Protection Regulation is often alleviated by the guidance of regulatory authorities who contribute their practical interpretation of the black letter of the law and provide welcome certainty. However, the latest draft guidelines issued by the Article 29 Working Party on automated decision-making has thrown up a particular curve ball which bears further investigation. It relates to whether Article 22(1) of the GDPR should be read as a right available to data subjects or as a straightforward prohibition for controllers.
The European Commission announced this week a package of counter-terrorism measures as part of its European Agenda on Security initiative. These include, among other things, “measures to support law enforcement and judicial authorities when they encounter the use of encryption in criminal investigations”.
Their promise is that our identities will be consolidated so that we have complete control over who accesses that information. This will protect us from increasingly sophisticated fraud and theft. It also will create unprecedented access for the “bottom of the pyramid” who are still off the grid. Imagine crossing any border, and qualifying for any service, with immediate access to your funds and accounts, all with one simple digital ID.
The European Commission insisted that it does not want to weaken encryption as part of its latest push to give law enforcement authorities more access to private data.
Laws that place restrictions on the ‘profiling’ of individuals do not just apply to data processing completed entirely automatically, EU data protection authorities have said.