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MEPs raise concerns on EU plans for police facial recognition database

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee have questioned EU plans to establish a bloc-wide facial recognition database for use by police authorities, citing the potential abuse of data as well as the likelihood of false positives.

As part of a planned extension of the EU’s 2008 Prum Decision, which allows for the exchange of DNA, fingerprint and vehicle registration data, member states have proposed that police authorities be given powers that permit them to share facial images.

Source: MEPs raise concerns on EU plans for police facial recognition database – EURACTIV.com

EU Commission fears UK data protection regime ‘may change in the future’

The European Commission has concerns that certain aspects of the UK’s data protection regime may change in the future and negatively impact the safety of EU personal data when transferred to the country.

The EU executive is conducting an assessment of the UK’s data protection landscape as part of a so-called ‘adequacy-decision,’ in order to determine if EU data can safely be transferred to the UK after Brexit.

“While the UK applies EU data protection rules during the transition period, certain aspects of its system may change in the future, such as rules on international transfers,” a Commission source told EURACTIV on Tuesday (22 September).

Source: Commission fears UK data protection regime ‘may change in the future’ – EURACTIV.com

Facebook denies it will pull service in Europe over data transfer ban

Facebook’s head of global policy has denied the tech giant could close its service to Europeans if local regulators order it to suspend data transfers to the U.S. following a landmark Court of Justice ruling in July that has cemented the schism between U.S. surveillance laws and EU privacy rights.

However, he also warned of “profound effects” on scores of digital businesses if a way is not found by lawmakers on both sides of the pond to resolve the legal uncertainty around U.S. data transfers — making a pitch to politicians to come up with a new legal “sticking plaster” for EU-U.S. data transfers now that a flagship arrangement, called Privacy Shield, is dead.

Source: Facebook denies it will pull service in Europe over data transfer ban | TechCrunch

Facebook Threatens to Leave Europe Due to Proposed New Data-Sharing Regulations

Facebook has hit back at a proposed new regulation which would limit the sharing of European user data with the US-based company.

Earlier this month, the European Union privacy regulator sent a preliminary order to Facebook which called for it to suspend data transfers about its EU users back to the US. That would essentially force Facebook to keep EU user data in Europe, and implement new restrictions on data-sharing between nations.

And now Facebook has issued an official response, saying that, if such rules are implemented, it may be forced to stop operating both Facebook and Instagram in Europe entirely.

Source: Facebook Threatens to Leave Europe Due to Proposed New Data-Sharing Regulations | Social Media Today

EU seeks new regulatory powers against big tech firms

Powers could include the ability to exclude large tech companies from the single market altogether.

The European Union wants more regulatory powers to force big US tech companies to break up or sell off operations in Europe if their dominance is deemed a threat to smaller firms or consumers.

The European Commission is set to propose new rules called the Digital Services Act by the end of this year, which will increase responsibility and liability for social media firms and the content on their platforms.

Source: EU seeks new regulatory powers against big tech firms | IT PRO

European Police Malware Could Harvest GPS, Messages, Passwords, More

The malware that French law enforcement deployed en masse onto Encrochat devices, a large encrypted phone network using Android phones, had the capability to harvest “all data stored within the device,” and was expected to include chat messages, geolocation data, usernames, passwords, and more.

As well as the geolocation, chat messages, and passwords, the law enforcement malware also told infected Encrochat devices to provide a list of WiFi access points near the device.

Organized crime groups across Europe and the rest of the world heavily used the network before its seizure, in many cases to facilitate large scale drug trafficking.

Source: European Police Malware Could Harvest GPS, Messages, Passwords, More

Council of Europe Suggests Convention 108+ as Schrems II Data Transfer Solution

“Convention 108+ (Convention 108 as amended by the protocol) is set to become the international standard on privacy and data protection in the digital age, and represents a viable tool to facilitate international data transfers while guaranteeing an appropriate level of protection for people globally,” say Alessandra Pierucci, Chair of the Committee of Convention 108 and Jean-Philippe Walter, Data Protection Commissioner of the Council of Europe.

“Being Party to the Convention 108+ could in the future also facilitate the case-by-case assessment that companies are required to do [following the Schrems II judgement] in the context of standard contractual clauses, regarding the essentially equivalent level of protection to be guaranteed”.

Source: Council of Europe Suggests Convention 108+ as Schrems II Data Transfer Solution

Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers

Facebook is appealing a preliminary order from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) that the social media company says would require it to stop data transfers between the US and the European Union.

The IDPC sent a preliminary order to Facebook last month directing the company to suspend data transfers to the US about EU users. The order is the first attempt by an EU regulator to enforce a ruling by the EU’s Court of Justice, which invalidated Privacy Shield, a data-sharing protocol that allowed American companies to transfer personal information about EU citizens to the US for processing.

Source: Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers – The Verge

EU Commission proposes Interim Regulation on the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child abuse

The European Commission published a proposal for a measures that would provide temporary exemptions from certain ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC) provisions communications service providers for the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse online.

At the moment eprivacy Directive does not provide such exemptions for voluntary processing of data by telecommunication service providers.The proposal would allow communications providers to use technologies to detect, report and remove child sexual abuse material.

Source: Interim Regulation on the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse | Shaping Europe’s digital future

Facebook told it may have to suspend EU data transfers after Schrems II ruling

Ireland’s data protection watchdog, the DPC, has sent Facebook a preliminary order to suspend data transfers from the EU to the US.

The preliminary suspension order follows a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court this summer which both struck down a flagship data transfer arrangement between the EU and the US and cast doubt on the legality of an alternative transfer mechanism (aka SCCs) — certainly in cases where data is flowing to a non-EU entity that falls under US surveillance law.

Source: Facebook told it may have to suspend EU data transfers after Schrems II ruling | TechCrunch

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