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EU proposes shorter deadlines for cross-border handover of communications evidence

The European Commission has proposed new rules aimed at making it quicker and easier for law enforcement officials to gain access to communications in another EU state.

Under the proposal, communication service providers would be required to respond within 10 days to a request for evidence, or six hours in the event of an emergency. That compares to 120 days under the current European Investigation Order.

Source: EU proposes shorter deadlines for cross-border handover of communications evidence – Telecompaper

EU Commission proposes making fingerprints mandatory in ID cards

Identity cards held by EU citizens will be required to include digital images of the holder’s fingerprints as part of a crackdown on fraudulent documents used by criminals and extremists, the European Commission has proposed.

In a proposal likely to make waves in countries such as Germany, whose history has made data privacy a guarded asset, the Commission wants to do away with paper-based identity documents that are easy to falsify and can be used to enter the bloc from non-EU countries.

Source: EU Commission proposes making fingerprints mandatory in ID cards

New EU fines will apply to ‘old’ data breaches

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will require that companies that process personal data inform the relevant data protection authority in case of a data breach.

A European Commission official confirmed that data breaches that happened before 25 May, when GDPR comes into force, but are kept silent until after that, will also be liable for such a fine.

Source: New EU fines will apply to ‘old’ data breaches

Assessing the European Commission’s E-Evidence Proposals on Ten Human Rights Criteria

Earlier this week, CDT issued a list of 10 human rights criteria the the E-Evidence Directive and Regulation should meet. With the draft text of both now published, we have assessed each against the criteria.

Source: Assessing the European Commission’s E-Evidence Proposals on Ten Human Rights Criteria

EC to boost cyber security support and collaboration

The European Commission is focused on boosting cyber security support and collaboration throughout the European Union.

Cyber threats are “border blind”, so the best way to deal with them is to better coordinate the response, according to Julian King, European commissioner for the security union.

Source: EC to boost cyber security support and collaboration

Facebook, Google and Twitter to make their terms of services GDPR compliant

European Commission together with EU consumer authorities published the changes Facebook, Twitter and Google+ made to their terms of services, to align them with the EU consumer protection rules and to ensure the rapid removal of illegal commercial content upon notification.

These changes will benefit more than a quarter billion of EU consumers who use social media. They come as the result of a joint action by national enforcers of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network led by the French authorities and facilitated by the Commission, which started at the end of 2016.

Source: JUST Newsroom – Facebook, Google and Twitter accept to change their terms of services to make them customer-friendly and compliant with EU rules – European Commission

European Commission outlines blockchain development plans

The European Commission outlined several of its efforts to develop a common approach on blockchain technology for the European Union. Among the projects are the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, which will map blockchain initiatives in Europe and monitor trends with the technology, and calls for a feasibility study to determine whether there is an opportunity for an EU Blockchain Infrastructure.

Source: European Commission outlines blockchain development plans

Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list

The European Commission has suggested that law enforcement authorities could soon have restricted access to the WHOIS database that identifies website owners because the system is on a collision course with the EU’s strict new data protection law.

Source: Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list – EURACTIV.com

Many UK’s Data Protection Bill exemptions are expanded, unexplained and some permit unlawful processing

The political kerfuffle over the Government’s Brexit machinations makes it timely to point out that the European Commission’s negotiating document on Brexit states that the UK’s implementation of the GDPR is an issue of importance in any negotiations.

Source: Many Data Protection Bill exemptions are expanded, unexplained and some permit unlawful processing

Data privacy chiefs wary of lagging EU states

EU data protection chiefs are worried member states won’t be ready when a new wide-sweeping general data protection regulation goes live on 25 May. National laws still need to be passed to ensure data authorities can enforce the regulation EU-wide.

Source: Data privacy chiefs wary of lagging EU states

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