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European Parliament favours innovation-friendly blockchain regulation

The European Parliament has published a non-binding resolution on distributed ledger technologies and blockchains (blockchain technologies). What is distributed ledger technology? Best known as the technology behind bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, distributed ledger technology is, in its simplest form, a ledger of digital information maintained in decentralised form across a large network of computers. The … Continue Reading

Commission publishes factsheet on Digital Single Market strategy

On 22 June 2018, the European Commission published a factsheet that provides a visual summary of the actions taken to date to implement its Digital Single Market strategy. The Digital Single Market strategy refers to the European Commission’s mission to ensure access to online activities for individuals and businesses under conditions of fair competition, consumer … Continue Reading

European Parliament publishes its proposals for the security of the EU

On 9 July 2015 the European Parliament published its European agenda on security, setting out the current situation of security in the European Union before identifying three key areas upon which efforts should be focused: terrorism, radicalism and cybercrime. Cybercrime The European Parliament recognises the significant threat that cybercrime poses to both businesses and individuals … Continue Reading

Tech giants caught between EU disagreements on scope of Proposed Network and Information Security Directive

U.S. tech giants, like Google and Facebook, found themselves caught between the European Parliament and the European Commission as disagreements continue as to whether Internet service providers should be included within the definition of ‘market operators’ in the Proposed Directive on Network and Information Security (IP/13/94) (the ‘Directive’). Currently, the EU Commission would like to … Continue Reading

LIBE Publishes Amendments to Draft Proposal for a Network and Information Security Directive

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament has published the latest draft of the proposed Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive (the ‘Directive’) following a series of amendments by MEPs. The proposal for the Directive was first published by the European Commission 7 February 2013 as part of … Continue Reading

Full Speed Ahead for EU Data Protection Reform

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. Coinciding with ‘Data Protection Day’ on 27 January 2014, the European Commission released a memorandum confirming the status of the anticipated reform of the European data protection framework. The promised overhaul of the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) has certainly not been as rapid as hoped, with publication … Continue Reading

LIBE Committee Report on U.S. Surveillance Activities Calls for an End to EU-U.S. Data Transfers

Recently leaked, the LIBE Committee draft report on surveillance activities signals a dim future for the international free flow of data in the eyes of the European Parliament. The report despairs of the recent revelations by whistle-blowers about the extent of U.S. mass surveillance activities, causing the trust between the EU and the United States … Continue Reading

Vote on Draft General Data Protection Regulation due Mid-October

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The landslide of proposed amendments and the recent debates over the PRISM scandal have pushed back the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) vote on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation). The vote, initially planned for May 2013, has already been postponed twice (see our … Continue Reading

The first European Parliament vote on the new data protection regime will be delayed

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The date of the first binding vote by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation), which was initially planned for April-May 2013, has been postponed a second time. During the meeting on May 6, LIBE decided to delay … Continue Reading

The Legal Affairs Committee adopted the fourth and final non-binding opinion on the proposed new Data Protection Regulation

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. On 19 March 2013, by 14 votes to 6, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) adopted an opinion on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation). It is the fourth and the final committee to adopt a non-binding opinion before the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) is due … Continue Reading

CNIL satisfied with draft European Parliament report on the new Data Protection Regulation

This post was written by Daniel Kadar. The French Data Protection Authority (DPA), the CNIL, has expressed its satisfaction on the draft report (the “draft Report”) released by the European Parliament on the new European Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation”). One of the major points of concern for the CNIL was that the draft Regulation … Continue Reading

The UK Information Commissioner details the timeline of the EU data protection reforms

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has published an explanation of the process and timeline of the proposed EU data protection reform and its involvement in the on-going negotiations. According to the ICO, the proposed EU data protection reforms could “be one of the biggest changes to data protection that the (UK) has ever seen.” … Continue Reading

The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs warns on the approach to fighting cybercrime and its relationship to cloud computing

The use of cloud computing services is growing at an unprecedented rate, and brings with it concerns over the security of personal data stored on cloud servers. A recent study by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE”) argues that the main issue arising from the growing use of cloud … Continue Reading

Viviane Reding Addresses the Progress of the Proposed Data Protection Framework Reform

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. In a speech at the EC Justice Council meeting in Dublin 18 January 2013, Vivian Reding, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, demonstrated her commitment to continuing the “good progress” made on the EU Proposed Data Protection Framework (Proposed Framework). Her comments focused on three topics … Continue Reading

European Parliament Publishes Study Suggesting Improvements to the European Commission’s Proposed Data-Protection Package

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The European Parliament has published a study aimed at providing advice on priority measures to ensure that the Proposed Data Protection Regulation, presented by the European Commission (EC) earlier this year, is more comprehensive in relation to data protection and more protective of consumers’ privacy rights. The European … Continue Reading
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