Event: Brussels Privacy Symposium – Exploring the Intersection Of Data Protection and Competition Law (Brussels, 19 November 2019)

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Event: “Specifying the GDPR: Member States perspectives” series – France (Brussels, 12 November 2019)

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Press Release: Floating privacy and security in the clouds

As critical government services such as health care move online, it is essential to ensure your personal data is protected and easily managed. EU-funded researchers have come up with a novel solution that allows you to share and protect your personal details in a virtual wallet on the cloud – good for privacy and security.

UPDATED – Agenda: Transport Council (6 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Telecommunications Council (7 June 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (11 September 2019)

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Press Release: Joint statement by Commissioners Mimica, Thyssen, Navracsics, and Gabriel on the occasion of International Youth Day 2019

The European Commission joins the celebration of this year’s International Youth Day, the theme of which is “Transforming Education”, highlighting efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth. 

Public Consultation: Internet-connected radio equipment and wearable radio equipment

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Call for Feedback: European citizens’ initiatives – technical specifications for individual online collection systems (2019-22)

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Agenda: Commission expert Group on Industrial Property Policy (main group) (26 June 2019)

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Joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network

Representatives of the global community of data protection and privacy enforcement authorities are joining together to express shared concerns about the privacy risks posed by the Libra digital currency and infrastructure.

Event: Solutrans (Lyon, 19-23 November 2019)

The biennial trade fair for haulage and urban transport professionals SOLUTRANS is where innovation and information in the HGV sector come together, for all businesses. SOLUTRANS, the urban and road transport solutions show, will welcome you for its 15th edition, from 19 to 23 November 2019, at Lyon Eurexpo.

Study: How the General Data Protection Regulation changes the rules for scientific research

The implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) raises a series of challenges for scientific research, especially regarding research that is dependent on data. This study investigates the promises and challenges associated with the implementation of the GDPR in the scientific domain and examines the adequacy of the GDPR exceptions for scientific research in terms of safeguarding scientific freedom and technological progress.

Study: Blockchain and the General Data Protection Regulation

In recent times, there has been much discussion in policy circles, academia and the private sector regarding the tension between blockchains and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’). Whereas, the GDPR is based on an underlying assumption that in relation to each personal data point there is at least one the data controller, blockchains make the allocation of responsibility and accountability burdensome. Further, although the GDPR is based on the assumption that data can be modified or erased where necessary to comply with legal requirements, blockchains, however, render the unilateral modification of data purposefully onerous in order to ensure data integrity and to increase trust in the network.

Official Journal (C Series): Decision of the Bureau of the European Parliament of 17 June 2019 on the implementing rules relating to Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union Institutions, Bodies, Offices and Agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC

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Survey: Data flow mapping across the EU

Monitoring data flows across the European Union’s territory is of strategic importance to inform EU decision-making, investment choices in the area of cloud computing and to assess the competitiveness of the European digital economy. Therefore, the European Commission is launching an anonymised survey to get an overview about such data flows.

Companies and public entities are encouraged to give their input to the survey until 15 October 2019.

Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (4-5 September 2019)

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Press Release: PwC fined €150,000 by the Hellenic DPA

The Hellenic Data Protection Authority, in response to a complaint, conducted an ex officio investigation of the lawfulness of the processing of personal data of the employees of the company ‘PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS SA’ (PWC BS). According to the above complaint the employees were required to provide consent to the processing of their personal data.

Blogpost: Inviting new perspectives in data protection

By Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor.

The European Data Protection Supervisor has invited three staff members who have recently joined the institution to share their own thoughts on various topics of interest. In this way, the European Data Protection Supervisor wishes to stimulate the exchange of ideas and perspectives in the field of data protection and beyond.

UPDATED – Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (23 July 2019)

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Press Release: Blockchain can have multiple applications in the social economy, but must not create a new “digital economy elite”, says EESC

Originally associated with cryptocurrencies, blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are in fact very versatile and can be usefully applied to the social economy. However, it is important to regulate them properly and gear them to benefits for all, allowing everyone to participate, says the EESC in a report tabled at its July plenary.

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