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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

European Commission and Article 29 Working Party Urge Respect for International Law in Data Cases

Territoriality will continue to be one of the most vexing problems for data regulation in 2018. One aspect of this debate relates to whether a U.S. judge can compel the disclosure of personal data located in Europe without using international treaty mechanisms.

Source: European Commission and Article 29 Working Party Urge Respect for International Law in Data Cases

EU cities want Airbnb data

Eight European cities are writing to the European Commission to demand new rules for holiday rental platforms. Laurens Ivens, deputy mayor of Amsterdam, announced at the end of a two-day holiday rental conference that the cities involved will demand platforms such as Airbnb and Booking.com are legally obliged to share data with regulators, and new ‘quality rules’ mean hosts cannot be anonymous.

Source: Amsterdam, other EU cities, urge Brussels to take action on Airbnb data – DutchNews.nl

Commission releases extensive GDPR guidance

The European Commission has released a new web site with extensive guidance on GDPR implementation for just about every stakeholder: DPAs and member states, businesses, and data subjects. Found with the short url europa.eu/dataprotection, there are infographics, explainer documents, a guide to GDPR enforcement, and general FAQ-style information that is part of a larger effort by the Commission, Vera Jourova¡, who announced the new materials with a press conference today, to educate the entire EU about the looming GDPR, now that we’re nearly within 100 days until it comes into force.

Source: Commission releases extensive GDPR guidance

Clock Ticking, European Commission Launches GDPR Implementation Guidance Website

With only four months remaining until the EU General Data Protection Regulation takes effect on May 25, 2018, the European Commission has launched a new website offering guidance on requirements and implementation targeted at an array of stakeholders including Member State governments, businesses, data subjects, and other entities whose operations or data processing activities will bring them into the GDPR’s orbit.

Source: Clock Ticking, European Commission Launches GDPR Implementation Guidance Website

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