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EU Commission looks for feedback on GDPR

The European Commission will report on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) later this year. In accordance with Article 97 of the GDPR Commission is obliged to provide the report two years after its entry into application.

Commission opened for feedback its roadmap on the report on the application of the GDPR. Feedback will be taken into account for further development and fine tuning of the initiative.

You can provide feedback until 29 April 2020.

Source: Report on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation

EU Commission puts emphasis on encryption

The European Commission has begun taking more decisive steps toward secure, encrypted communications. But while all of these steps may be positive, not all of them are identical.

The EU has a patchy history when it comes to data leaks, so it comes as no surprise that it is attempting to enhance its level of cybersecurity. The use of Signal has mainly been adopted for normal communication outside of critical or sensitive exchanges, suggesting the EU is taking cybersecurity seriously across even the less vulnerable channels.

Full article: The story behind the Commission’s new emphasis on encryption – EURACTIV.com

European Commission publishes data strategy, AI white paper

On Wednesday, the commission released its EU data strategy. The document outlines the commission’s five-year plan for “policy measures and investments to enable the data economy.”

The commission based its strategy on four pillars, one of which is a cross-sectoral governance framework for data access and use. The other pillars include investments in data and “strengthening Europe’s capabilities and infrastructures for hosting, processing and using data, interoperability,” empowering citizens to exercise their data rights and establishing “common European data spaces in strategic sectors and domains of public interest.”

In conjunction with the release data strategy, the commission also published a white paper on AI. The white paper covers the policy options the EU could implement to promote the increased use of AI while addressing the risks associated with the technology.

Source: European Commission publishes data strategy, AI white paper

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s executive vice president for digital affairs, has said that automated facial recognition breaches GDPR as it doesn’t gain consent.

GDPR classes information on a person’s facial features as biometric data, which is labeled as “sensitive personal data.” The use of such data is highly restricted, and typically requires consent from the subject — unless the processing meets a range of exceptional circumstances.

Vestager told reporters that the Commission will further investigate automated facial recognition before introducing legislation, allowing member states to make their own domestic decisions in the meantime.

Source: Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

EU backs away from call for blanket ban on facial recognition tech

New draft of AI paper drops suggestion of five-year moratorium on surveillance tech.

In a draft of a paper on artificial intelligence to be published next week, the European Commission finds that facial recognition is prone to inaccuracy, can be used to breach privacy laws, and can facilitate identity fraud.

However, unlike the previous draft, the paper no longer includes the suggestion that the commission should consider a blanket moratorium of five years – a period during which states could study the technology’s impact before rolling it out in public spaces.

Instead the latest draft puts the onus on individual member states to assess how and when they wish to permit the use of facial recognition.

Source: EU backs away from call for blanket ban on facial recognition tech

EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’

The European Commission published its report on the third annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield. This despite the EU parliament calling last year for the mechanism to be suspended.

Report outlines that the US continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred from the EU to the 5,000 participating US companies under the Privacy Shield, the improvements made since the second annual review, and the appointments of key oversight and redress bodies, such as the Privacy Shield Ombudsperson.

Moreover, the Report highlights that an increasing number of EU individuals are making use of their rights under the Privacy Shield and that the relevant redress mechanisms are functioning well.

Source: EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms | TechCrunch

Commission urges member states to allocate resources to DPAs

In July, the European Commission urged European countries to allocate sufficient human, financial and technical resources to national data protection authorities.

That’s because the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation has placed an increased burden on already-stretched authorities.

Full article: Commission urges member states to allocate resources to DPAs

European Commission refers Greece and Spain to Court

The European Commission decided to refer Greece and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the EU rules on personal data protection (the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive, Directive (EU) 2016/680).

In April 2016, the Council and the European Parliament agreed the Directive had to be transposed into national law by 6 May 2018.

Source: Data protection: Commission refers Greece and Spain to Court

EDPB and the EDPS consider the European Commission to be a processor of patient data in the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure

On July 12, 2019, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued a joint opinion on the processing of patient data and the role of the European Commission within the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure (eHDSI).

The eHDSI system was established in the context of the eHealth Network and allows for the exchange of electronic health data of patients between Member States. Opinion confirms that Member States act as “joint controllers” and the European Commission acts as a processor in processing of patient data within the eHDSI .

Full article: The European Data Protection Board and the European Data Protection Supervisor consider the European Commission to be a processor of patient data in the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure

Amazon Faces EU Inquiry Over Data From Independent Sellers

European antitrust regulators have opened an investigation into the data that Amazon uses from third-party sellers who rely on the tech company’s site.

The European Union’s top antitrust regulator said on Wednesday that it had opened a formal antitrust investigation into whether Amazon was using the third-party data to promote its own products at the expense of other retailers.

Regulators said they were examining whether Amazon was hurting competition by abusing its dual role as a retailer that sells its own goods and a marketplace where other merchants sell products.

Source: Amazon Faces E.U. Inquiry Over Data From Independent Sellers – The New York Times

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