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Commission conducting ‘preparatory work’ should ECJ invalidate privacy shield

The European Commission is preparing for the eventuality that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may invalidate the EU-US data transfer agreement, known as the Privacy Shield, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.

“We don’t have one plan, but we have some ideas about the different ways to give an answer, following the scope of the decision of the court,” he added, keeping his cards close to his chest, however, on the specifics of how the Commission would react to a legal invalidation of the Privacy Shield.

Source: Commission conducting ‘preparatory work’ should ECJ invalidate privacy shield  – EURACTIV.com

EU Commission publishes its evaluation of GDPR

On 24 June, the European Commission published its evaluation report of the GDPR, just over two years after the GDPR become applicable.

The Commission’s report, indicates that the GDPR has met most of its objectives, in particular in relation to individual enforceable rights and by creating a new European system of governance and enforcement.

Source: EU: EU Commission publishes its evaluation of GDPR

EU Commission Opens Public Consultation on Proposed Artificial Intelligence Regulatory Framework

On 19 February 2020, the European Commission published a white paper on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the EU. The White Paper forms part of the Commission President, Ursula Von der Leyen’s, digital strategy, one of the key pillars of her administration’s five year tenure, recognising that the EU has fallen behind the US and China with respect to the strategic deployment of AI.

To tackle this problem, the Commission proposes a common EU approach to ‘speed up the uptake’ of AI in the EU, whilst also tackling the human and ethical implications of AI’s fast growing use in the EU, including the possible downsides of its use, such as opaque decision making and hidden, embedded gender and racial discrimination.

Full article: European Commission’s Public Consultation on Proposed EU Artificial Intelligence Regulatory Framework

The EDPB Responds to the European Commission’s Recommendation on COVID-19 Mobile Apps

On April 14, 2020, the European Data Protection Board (the EDPB) published a letter in response to the European Commission’s call for consultation (the letter ) regarding its recommendation on the use of mobile applications and location data to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

In its letter, the EDPB sets forth data privacy and information security measures that app developers should consider when developing mobile applications to inform individuals or monitor infected persons (COVID-19 mobile apps).

Source: The EDPB Responds to the European Commission’s Recommendation on COVID-19 Mobile Apps

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

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