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The next antitrust standoff — Big Tech’s use of data

Competition regulators have a new cause célèbre: Big Tech’s use of data. From Europe’s top antitrust czar Margrethe Vestager announcing an investigation into Amazon last week over its potential abuse of digital information, to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission holding a public hearing in early November on big data and competition, officials are gearing up for a new round of antitrust battles.

The big question is what limits, if any, should policymakers place on the data empires at a time when companies from Amazon to Microsoft are searching for new business opportunities, including online groceries and gaming.

Full article: The next antitrust standoff — Big Tech’s use of data – POLITICO

EU warns Facebook it faces sanctions over ‘misleading’ T&Cs

European Commission has warned Facebook it will face sanctions unless it changes what it calls its “misleading” terms and conditions. Facebook has been given until the end of the year to change its terms of service.

The commission acknowledged that Facebook had made some changes but said its terms and conditions remained problematic because Facebook “tells consumers that their data and content is used only to improve their overall ‘experience’ and does not mention that the company uses these data for commercial purposes”.

Source: EU warns Facebook it faces sanctions over ‘misleading’ T&Cs | Technology | The Guardian

E-signatures can prove conclusion of data processing agreements

The use of electronic signatures (e-signatures) can prove that data processing contracts have been concluded and their terms agreed to, the EU’s justice commissioner has said. Věra Jourová said that it is possible for data processing contracts to be entered into digitally, but that it is not necessary for those agreements to be signed electronically for them to have effect.

Source: E-signatures can prove conclusion of data processing agreements

Brussels targets parties’ misuse of personal voter data

The EU is seeking the power to impose significant fines on European political parties that misuse voters’ personal data to influence elections, as Brussels moves to crack down on privacy breaches following the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. The European Commission is drafting an amendment to existing party funding rules that would ban political groups from profiting from data collection of the sort alleged against Cambridge Analytica.

Source: Brussels targets parties’ misuse of personal voter data

Brussels targets parties’ misuse of personal voter data

The EU is seeking the power to impose significant fines on European political parties that misuse voters’ personal data to influence elections, as Brussels moves to crack down on privacy breaches following the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. The European Commission is drafting an amendment to existing party funding rules that would ban political groups from profiting from data collection of the sort alleged against Cambridge Analytica

Source: Brussels targets parties’ misuse of personal voter data

Jourová Puts Trump administration on notice with letter to America

Věra Jourová, The EU Commissioner for Justice, has written to the US Commerce Secretary, warning that the US has three months to comply with EU’s demands concerning the sharing of private data ascertaining to EU citizens. In the letter, Ms Jourová demanded progress from the US in appointing an ombudsman to deal with privacy related complaints from EU citizens before the US Commerce Secretary visits Brussels in October.

Source: Jourová Puts Trump administration on notice with letter to America

Brussels seeks to tie UK to European human rights court after Brexit

Brussels is seeking to bind the UK to the European court of human rights – which is entirely separate to the EU’s institutions – after Brexit in a move likely to infuriate those in the Conservative party championing a break with the Strasbourg court, which they say restricts parliamentary sovereignty.

A document outlining the European commission’s position on future judicial and police cooperation stipulates there will be a “guillotine clause” on any security deal should the UK leave the remit of the court.

Source: Brussels seeks to tie UK to European human rights court after Brexit | Law | The Guardian

EU Commission rejects UK’s approach for personal data transfers

The UK Government’s Brexit policy assumes that the Data Protection Act 2018 is good enough to obtain an adequacy determination and envisages the ICO playing a full part in the European Data Protection Board; this is to protect the free flow of personal data to the UK.

This policy was brutally murdered last Friday by the EU’s lead Brexit negotiator who stated that the UK would have to have to seek an adequacy determination.

Source: European Commission rejects Government’s approach for personal data transfers as ICO doubts the UK will obtain an adequacy decision

Jourova to press for EU-US data sharing deal

EU justice chief Vera Jourova will push for a new data access agreement with the United States when she meets with her American counterpart next week, amid growing transatlantic tensions over issues including the Iran nuclear agreement and trade.

Source: Jourova to press for EU-US data sharing deal next week – EURACTIV.com

Jourová: EU must protect data in AI development

Digitisation and artificial intelligence (AI) should develop in the Czech Republic and Europe without too much regulation, but with respect to the protection of privacy and personal data, European Commissioner Vera Jourova said during a public discussion on AI in Prague on Wednesday.

Source: EU Commissioner Jourová: EU must protect data in AI development | Prague Monitor

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