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Are Google and Facebook Undermining Europe’s Privacy Rules?

There are growing concerns from regulators, publishers, and privacy watchdogs about the ways that two internet giants—Google and Facebook—plan to implement the regulations.

The critics say the companies are squelching the promise of the new rules, and will leave European internet users no better off.

Source: Are Google and Facebook Undermining Europe’s Privacy Rules? | WIRED

EU: data-harvesting tech firms are ‘sweatshops of connected world’

The European data protection supervisor has hit out at social media and tech firms over the recent constant stream of privacy policy emails in the run up to GDPR, calling them them the “sweatshops of the connected world”.

“The most recent [Facebook] scandal has served to expose a broken and unbalanced ecosystem reliant on unscrupulous personal data collection and micro-targeting for whatever purposes promise to generate clicks and revenues.”

Source: EU: data-harvesting tech firms are ‘sweatshops of connected world’ | Technology | The Guardian

EDPS launches ‘Privacy by Design’ contest for health apps

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has announced the launch of a contest to design mobile health (m-health) applications implementing “privacy by design and by default” principles.

The aim is to create best practices that may constitute a reference for privacy-friendly development of mobile apps and give users more control over their personal information. Participants are challenged to develop a useful and user-friendly m-health application at the forefront of the implementation of the data protection by design and by default principle, as required under the GDPR. The deadline for submissions is the end of June.

Source: EDPS launches ‘Privacy by Design’ contest for m-health apps – Telecompaper

Data protection watchdog promises new cloud computing guidance

New cloud computing guidance is to be issued by an EU data protection watchdog this year.

European data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli confirmed the plans in his newly published annual report for 2017. Further new guidelines on IT governance and management will also be issued by the supervisor in 2018, according to the report.

Source: Data protection watchdog promises new cloud computing guidance

EDPS presents 2017 annual report and views for future

The 2017 EDPS Annual Report presents an overview of all EDPS activities in 2017 and priorities for 2018, as well as analysing the progress made in achieving the aims set out in the EDPS Strategy.

With 2018 set to be a landmark year for data protection, the EDPS remains committed to ensuring that the EU remains at the forefront of the global dialogue on data protection and privacy and continues to lead by example.

Source: 2017 Annual Report – Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: going beyond the GDPR

EDPS calls for cooperation between DPAs, electoral regulators and audio-visual regulators

In the aftermath of the recent Cambridge Analytica and Facebook revelations, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), said: “The solution is to be found beyond content management and transparency, though they may help where appropriate. What we also need is better enforcement of the rules on data processing, especially sensitive information like on health, political and religious views, and accountability.

Antitrust and merger control – with the support of DPAs – has a central role in addressing structural issues of concentrated markets. But with the threat posed to social norms and democracy we now need to expand collaboration to include electoral regulators and audio-visual media regulators. We also have to change the incentives in the market. That is why new e-Privacy rules are essential.”

Source: EDPS calls for cooperation between DPAs, electoral regulators and audio-visual regulators – Privacy Laws & Business

Buttarelli gives the post-Brexit options for the UK and insights into the EU DP Board

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, in London yesterday, explained that Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has been working hard to explore different scenarios to ensure that the UK will continue working as a partner with the European Union after 29 March next year when it becomes a 3rd country.

He referred to the data protection impact of the UK staying one or two steps outside the European Union.

Source: Buttarelli gives the post-Brexit options for the UK and insights into the EU DP Board – Privacy Laws & Business

Buttarelli on setting the stage for an EU Digital Regulator

The nature of the digital economy is as such that it will force the creation of multi-competent supervisory authorities sooner rather than later. What if the European Data Protection Board would become in the next 10 to 15 years an EU Digital Regulator, looking at matters concerning data protection, consumer protection and competition law, having “personal data” as common thread? This is the vision Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor, laid out last week in a conversation we had at the IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels.

Source: A Conversation with Giovanni Buttarelli about The Future of Data Protection: setting the stage for an EU Digital Regulator

EDPS wants centralised regulator with muscle to police firms

EU lawmakers should create a new, centralised data protection authority to oversee investigations of privacy breaches that affect more than member state in the bloc, Giovanni Buttarelli, the EU’s top privacy watchdog, said in an interview.

Source: Top EU privacy watchdog wants centralised regulator with muscle to police firms – EURACTIV.com

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