Data protection

06 Sep: Data protection – Did I really give my consent?

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the European Union’s legal framework which governs the collection and processing of users’ personal data. The GDPR’s primary aim is to enhance individuals’ control and rights over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business.  As such, the GDPR requires users to give their consent before their data is collected, used or disseminated. However, despite the General Data Protection Regulation, unlawful and borderline practices persist through which users remain induced to consent to all kinds of processing of their …

03 Sep: You are being watched by advertisers

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

As we move to a world of individualisation many companies and organisations have successfully managed to watch our movements, analyse them and then target us with direct messaging and advertising. It is a multibillion euro industry and a key driver for the digital economy. The advertising and data collection/tracking companies operate within the online ecosystem in which we are all now obliged to enter. They thrive from being innovative and having the foresight to know what we want before we know ourselves! Privacy rules and legislation appear to be taking …

28 Jun: Data protection: Commission adopts adequacy decisions for the UK

(Source: European Commission)

The Commission has today adopted two adequacy decisions for the United Kingdom – one under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the other for the Law Enforcement Directive. Personal data can now flow freely from the European Union to the United Kingdom where it benefits from an essentially equivalent level of protection to that guaranteed under EU law. The adequacy decisions also facilitate the correct implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which foresees the exchange of personal information, for example for cooperation on judicial matters. Both adequacy decisions include strong safeguards in case of …

16 Jun: Data protection: European Commission launches the process towards adoption of the adequacy decision for the Republic of Korea

(Source: European Commission)

Today, the Commission launches the process towards adoption of the adequacy decision for the transfer of personal data to the Republic of Korea. It will cover transfers of personal data to the Republic of Korea’s commercial operators as well as public authorities. If adopted, this decision would provide Europeans with strong protections of their personal data when it is transferred to the Republic of Korea. At the same time, it would complement the EU-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and boost cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Korea as leading digital powers. The trade …

02 Jun: Data protection: MEPs urge the Commission to amend UK adequacy decisions

(Source: European Parliament)

UK data protection laws are similar to EU laws, but MEPs raise questions on enforcement and exemptionsExemptions for immigration and national security purposes need to be clarifiedOnward transfers of data to other countries and bulk access to data by law enforcement are also a concernNational authorities should suspend data transfers to the UK in the absence of guarantees

The European Commission should amend its draft decision on UK data protection to ensure EU standards for citizens’ privacy are respected.

In a resolution passed on Friday (344 votes in favour, 311 against and 28 abstaining), MEPs ask the …

21 May: Data protection: MEPs urge the Commission to amend UK adequacy decisions

(Source: European Parliament)

UK data protection laws are similar to EU laws, but MEPs raise questions on enforcement and exemptionsExemptions for immigration and national security purposes need to be clarifiedOnward transfers of data to other countries and bulk access to data by law enforcement are also a concernNational authorities should suspend data transfers to the UK in the absence of guarantees

The European Commission should amend its draft decision on UK data protection to ensure EU standards for citizens’ privacy are respected.

In a resolution passed on Friday (344 votes in favour, 311 against and 28 abstaining), MEPs ask the …

11 May: FACTSHEET : Personal Data Breaches in a Nutshell

(Source: EU Data Protection Supervisor)

All EU institutions, offices, bodies and agencies process personal data to recruit staff, pay salaries or negotiate service contracts, for example. If this personal data is lost, stolen or obtained accidently or deliberately, it is a personal data breach. What can you do if a personal data breach occurs? When should the breach be communicated to individuals? This factsheet will help you deepen your knowledge on personal data breaches.

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