Press Release: Eurojust helps dismantle transnational criminal network

The Romanian national authorities, in close cooperation with the Dutch national authorities and with the active support of Eurojust, dismantled an organised crime group (OCG) involved in cybercrime, fraud and organised property crime causing damages estimated at €2 million for the period 2017-2019. During the joint action day, a coordination centre was set up at Eurojust, which allowed for real-time exchange of information between the authorities. Overall, today, 46 houses and several trucks were searched, 6 suspects were identified and presented before the Romanian prosecutor, 14 witnesses were heard, and telephones, laptops, forged ID documents and licence plates, as well as stolen goods, were seized.

Note: Drug demand reduction and prevention and health-related interventions on the internet/darknet

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Statement: Joint statement by Commissioners Jourová and Gabriel on the launch of the #DigitalRespect4Her campaign

Commissioners for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová and for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel launched today a campaign to raise awareness on violence that women face online every day. They said in a joint statement:

“Dignity, respect and solidarity apply to all of us, also online. Yet, sadly, reality is far from this, especially for women and girls, who are 27 times more likely to be harassed online than men are.

It is time to step up the response to online violence. We cannot stay idle and encourage those that cowardly target women and girls online. We have to act and call it out.”

Press Release: Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities

Today, the European Commission and consumer protection authorities have welcomed Facebook’s updated terms and services. They now clearly explain how the company uses its users’ data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance their company.

The new terms detail what services, Facebook sells to third parties that are based on the use of their user’s data, how consumers can close their accounts and under what reasons accounts can be disabled. These developments come after exchanges, which aimed at obtaining full disclosure of Facebook’s business model in a comprehensive and plain language to users.

Press Release: MEPs back one hour limit to remove online terrorist content

Internet platforms which host terrorist content would have one hour to remove it under new EU-wide legislation backed by MEPs today. Fines of up to four per-cent of turnover could be imposed on repeat offenders who fail to remove terrorist posts under proposals being led through the European Parliament by ECR MEP Daniel Dalton.

Press Release: EDPS investigates contractual agreements concerning software used by EU institutions

As the supervisory authority for all EU institutions, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is responsible for enforcing and monitoring their compliance with data protection rules. In this capacity, the EDPS is undertaking an investigation into the compliance of contractual arrangements concluded between the EU institutions and Microsoft, the European Data Protection Supervisor said today.

Press Release: Europol and MRC Europe Join Forces in the Fight Against E-Commerce Fraud

Today, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Merchant Risk Council (MRC Europe), an independent and not-for-profit business association engaged in fighting e-commerce fraud in Europe. The MoU was signed by Una Dillon, Managing Director of MRC Europe and the Head of EC3, Steven Wilson, at the Europol headquarters in The Hague.

Press Release: EUROPOL Teams up with Industry Experts to Combat Phishing

From 26 March to 27 March, Europol hosted a joint meeting of the EC3 Advisory Groups on Financial Services, Internet Security and Communication Providers, gathering 70 industry representatives to discuss the cyber-threat of phishing.

Over the course of two days, global financial institutions, internet security companies and telecommunications providers shared insights into how phishing affects their respective industries and what can be done together with law enforcement to combat this type of cybercrime.

Press Release: First fine imposed by the President of the Personal Data Protection Office

The President of the Personal Data Protection Office (UODO) imposed its first fine for the amount of PLN 943 000 (around €220 000) for the failure to fulfil the information obligation.

-“The controller was aware of its obligation to provide information. Hence the decision to impose a fine of this amount on this entity”, emphasised Dr Edyta Bielak-Jomaa, President of UODO.

Briefing: Artificial Intelligence ante portas: Legal & ethical reflections

This briefing provides accessible introductions to some of the major legal, regulatory and ethical debates surrounding the deployment and use of AI systems. It focuses on the challenges that the sui generis features of AI may pose on the current legal framework and argues that as AI systems become more autonomous, a doctrinal paradigm swift may be needed. Given the foreseeable pervasiveness of AI, the briefing poses the question about how this new technology should be defined and classified in legal and ethical terms. By providing an analysis of the key legal initiatives in this field in Europe, the briefing aims to equip the reader with the understanding they need to engage in clear-headed reflection about AI’s legal and socio-ethical challenges, and meaningful debates about how the current EU acquis may need to be adjusted to the new technological realities.

March 2019 infringements package: key decisions

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Official Journal (C Series): Communication from the Commission — Modification of the calculation method for lump sum payments and daily penalty payments proposed by the Commission in infringements proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union

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January 2019 infringements package: key decisions

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Written Answer to a Question: Defeat devices in VW Group cars

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November 2018 infringements package: key decisions

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UPDATED – Draft Council Conclusions on the EU Customs Action Plan to Combat IPR Infringements for the Years 2018 to 2022

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Event: Online counterfeiting: How best to be effective countering it? (Brussels, 15 October 2018)

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July 2018 infringements package: key decisions

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June 2018 infringements package: key decisions

The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 104 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

Press Release: May infringements package – key decisions

The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 96 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (14-15 May 2018)

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Press Release: Launch of call for experts for group on liability and new technologies

The Expert Group will work in two formations: a Product Liability Directive formation managed by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) and a New Technologies formation managed by DG GROW, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) and DG Justice and Consumers (JUST).

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