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Scrapped EU surveillance law throws doubt on US data agreements

24.07.14 @ 08:47

A decision by the EU court earlier this year to scrap a controversial data retention directive may have implications for existing international data agreements and EU proposals under review. “We will have a debate on ...

Google removes press links after EU ruling

04.07.14 @ 09:26

Google has removed over 70,000 Internet links, amid accusations it is trying to promote critical reactions to a EU court ruling by targeting major media outlets. The US firm on Thursday (3 July) said it was getting ...

US to extend privacy rights to EU citizens

25.06.14 @ 18:07

The US plans to extend the same rights as Americans have to EU citizens whose data has been breached or misused in the US. The news was announced at an EU meeting of home affairs ministers in Athenson Wednesday (25 June ...

EU judgement on Facebook to take over a year

20.06.14 @ 17:15

Any EU-level judgement on a case filed against Facebook for its alleged involvement in helping the Americans snoop on millions of people is likely to take over a year. A contact at the Luxembourg-based European Court of ...

EU states let NSA tap data cables, Danish media say

20.06.14 @ 09:41

Classified files leaked to Danish media suggest some EU states are allowing US spies to install surveillance equipment on cables in order to intercept the emails, private phone calls, and Internet chats of their ...

OpinionFive qualities you need to lead Europe

18.06.14 @ 09:23

The rhetoric on who we need as European presidents and commissioners over the next five years has often focused on specific names without exploring the leadership qualities that are required in navigating today's ...

EU commissioner lashes out at Europe-wide taxi protest

12.06.14 @ 09:29

EU digital affairs commissioner Neelie Kroes on Wednesday (11 June) lashed out against taxi drivers who are protesting against new smartphone apps. “We cannot address these challenges by ignoring them, by going on ...

EU ministers to fall short on data protection bill

03.06.14 @ 20:27

After months of haggling and 26 meetings since January, EU ministers are unlikely to reach an agreement this week on a key component of the EU’s draft data protection bill. National negotiators are still unclear on how ...

Google faces no EU-level fines if it ignores 'right to be forgotten' verdict

16.05.14 @ 17:25

Google won’t risk financial penalties from the EU’s top court if it chooses to ignore a recent ‘right to be forgotten’ judgement. “The [European] Court of Justice has no power to fine a company in this context, ...

Google must respect 'right to be forgotten', rules EU court

13.05.14 @ 20:16

Google must remove information about ordinary people from their search results if requested by the individuals concerned, the EU's top court has ruled. People have the right to request information be removed from search ...

AnalysisWhat does the death of the EU data directive mean?

09.04.14 @ 09:25

The EU's data retention directive was agreed in 2006, in the wake of terrorist attacks in Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005 respectively, as governments attempted to tighten national security rules. Under the regime, ...

Online gambling and consumer protection

07.04.14 @ 16:33

In the coming weeks, the European Commission is expected to unveil its recommendations on consumer protection and advertising for online gambling. These recommendations are foreseen in the European Commission’s Action ...

MEPs back net neutrality law

03.04.14 @ 18:40

MEPs have backed open access to the Internet by tightening plans by the European Commission on net neutrality. In a vote on Thursday (3 April), a coalition of centre-left and liberal deputies backed amendments to ...

Post EU ElectionsEU politicians 'overwhelmed' by power shift to social media

02.04.14 @ 17:27

Power is moving to the internet and only politicians and political parties that adapt to this new reality will survive in the future is the stark message sent to MEPs on the eve of EU elections. "Power is shifting from ...

Internet providers can be forced to block access to illegal downloads, rules EU Court

28.03.14 @ 09:44

EU-based internet service providers can be ordered to block customers’ access to a copyright-infringing website, following a ruling on Thursday (27 March) by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The judgement follows a ...

Brazil champions undersea cable to bypass US

25.02.14 @ 09:46

A proposal to lay an undersea cable between Portugal and Brazil to circumvent US snooping has been praised by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff on Monday (25 February) in Brussels at the annual EU-Brazil ...

EU bids to end US dominance in internet control

14.02.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission wants to end US control over the governance of the internet, according to a report published Wednesday (12 February). The EU paper on "Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet governance" ...

MEPs say No to Snowden asylum in Europe

12.02.14 @ 22:12

A European Parliament committee on Wednesday (12 February) voted against calling for asylum protection for former US intelligence agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden leaked top secret documents ...

EU urges Turkey to change internet law

07.02.14 @ 09:30

Turkey's crackdown on the internet raises "serious concerns" and "needs to be revised in line with European standards," the European Commission has said. The commission's spokesman on enlargement, Peter Stano, on ...

Google on brink of EU settlement

05.02.14 @ 18:12

Google is on the brink of ending a three-year competition battle with the European Commission, after the EU executive indicated it is ready to accept its latest offer to change the way it runs web searches. In November ...

MEPs back pan-EU music licence deal

05.02.14 @ 10:27

Online music providers such as Spotify and iTunes will be able to buy licences allowing them to offer music across the entire EU, under legislation backed by MEPs on Tuesday (4 February). Deputies in the European ...

NSA said to have spied on leaders at Danish climate summit

30.01.14 @ 09:28

The US intelligence agency is said to have spied on leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate change summit in an effort to gain strategic advantage on the decision-making process. A top secret National Security Agency ( ...

Obama advisor: Pipeline deals could see US spy on EU leaders

27.01.14 @ 14:53

Major economic deals, which look as if they could cause “difficulties” for the US, are a legitimate reason to spy on EU leaders, a US intelligence oversight panelist has said. “If Germany were making an economic deal ...

EU data bill delayed until after May elections

24.01.14 @ 09:27

The EU's revamped data protection law will not be adopted before the European Parliament elections with several member states seeking to weaken it. EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding, the European Parliament lead ...

Swedish FM to head new inquiry into NSA revelations

23.01.14 @ 09:28

An new commission to be headed by Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt is set to investigate the implications of the US snooping affair for the future of the internet. “In most countries, increased attention is being ...

Snowden scandal to cost US cloud companies billions

20.01.14 @ 09:25

The US cloud industry faces up to €25.8 billion in lost revenues following revelations about US-led snooping on EU citizens. “The surveillance revelations will cost the US cloud computing industry USD 22 to 35 billion ...

UK rejects German 'no spy' pact, report says

16.01.14 @ 09:29

The UK is reportedly opposed to a no-spy pact being crafted by EU states, despite months of German-led negotiations. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday (15 January) reported that the pact is designed to ...

Snowden set for EU parliament video link

10.01.14 @ 09:29

Former US intelligence agency contractor and leaker Edward Snowden is set to address a European Parliament inquiry on the NSA scandal. MEPs in the civil liberties committee, who have spearheaded the NSA inquiry for the ...

EU data law hits set-back in Germany

06.01.14 @ 19:31

Germany’s new justice minister, Heiko Maas, wants to delay turning the EU's controversial data retention directive into German law. His announcement, made in an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel on Sunday (5 ...

EUobservedSnowden affair: Much ado and then nothing

23.12.13 @ 09:26

There is a fine line between security and privacy in free societies. This year, a bespectacled, 29-year-old US intelligence contractor in a hotel room in Hong Kong showed what happens when the line is crossed. Edward ...

EU angst on US snooping is helping China to steal secrets, congressman says

18.12.13 @ 11:06

The EU debate on US-led mass surveillance is helping China to rob Western companies, the head of the US congress' intelligence oversight committee has said. “Because of this confusion and of this muddling of the debate, ...

EU data retention law said to breach privacy rights

13.12.13 @ 09:20

The EU data retention directive breaches the charter of fundamental rights, an EU advocate general has said. “The directive constitutes a serious interference with the fundamental right of citizens to privacy,” said ...

British MEPs fail to stop Snowden video

12.12.13 @ 17:23

Conservative MEPs in Brussels have tried and failed to stop a European Parliament video chat with US leaker Edward Snowden. Parliament sources say the centre-right ECR group, which includes the ruling British ...

EU data protection bill 'moves backwards'

06.12.13 @ 17:57

The EU data protection regulation hit a setback on Friday (6 December) after justice ministers backed off on a key component. “The ministers did not want to make hasty decisions,” Lithuanian Justice Minister Juozas ...

Snowden to make video appearance at EU parliament

06.12.13 @ 16:35

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is set to make a pre-recorded video appearance at the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee around 18 December. “The meeting will be live-streamed but the ...

AgendaEmbattled Greek government in Brussels this WEEK

02.12.13 @ 09:24

The Greek government is in town as the EU's institutions hope to enjoy a week of relative calm following the high drama of last week's eastern partnership summit. Prime minister Antonis Samaras and his ministerial team ...

EU commissioner under fire over response to US spy allegations

27.11.13 @ 18:38

EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom Wednesday (27 November) faced accusations that she has been too soft in her response to the US spying programme. The commissioner told deputies in the civil liberties ...

EU intelligence agencies complicit in NSA snoops, US senator says

27.11.13 @ 09:29

A top US senator told the European Parliament foreign relations committee on Tuesday (26 November) that US snooping was done “largely in co-ordination with your countries intelligence services.” US Senator Chris Murphy, ...

UK allowed US to trawl data of Britons

21.11.13 @ 09:28

The former UK government under Tony Blair granted the US intelligence service, the National Security Agency (NSA), permission to spy on millions of Britons not suspected of any wrongdoing. A joint investigation by The ...

EU pleases France, widens film subsidy rules

15.11.13 @ 08:47

Europe's film industry was given a boost on Thursday (14 November) after the European Commission published new rules making it easier for governments to subsidise movie-making. The move, which comes just months after ...

UK spy chiefs defend mass-snooping on Europeans

08.11.13 @ 09:23

The head of UK spy agency GCHQ, Iain Lobban, has said leaks on mass-surveillance have made it harder to catch terrorists. “We’ve seen terrorist groups in the Middle East, in Afghanistan, and elsewhere in south Asia, ...

US urges EU not to halt trade talks over spy affair

06.11.13 @ 09:46

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged European leaders not to let the NSA snooping scandal derail EU-US trade talks. Speaking in Warsaw on Tuesday (5 November) after meeting his Polish counterpart, Radek Sikorski, ...

Brazil and Germany want anti-surveillance UN resolution

04.11.13 @ 09:29

Brazil and Germany want the UN General Assembly to adopt a draft resolution to end mass surveillance, as German public figures call for Edward Snowden to receive asylum. The two countries say that the mass surveillance ...

Leading EU party wants to ditch EU-US data agreement

29.10.13 @ 18:33

The European Parliament’s largest political group, the centre-right EPP, wants to end an EU-US data exchange agreement known as Safe Harbour. German centre-right MEP Manfred Weber, who is the group’s vice-president, ...

EU virtual border scheme based on 'creative' figures

28.10.13 @ 18:32

A European Parliament civil liberties report suggests the European Commission used misleading arguments to back its billion-euro plus proposal to finger print non-Europeans on visit to the EU. “It’s really amazing that ...

Merkel to seek intelligence rule book with US

25.10.13 @ 06:25

France and Germany plan to negotiate an agreement with the US on the work of intelligence agencies, as the latest revelations of snooping by US security dominated day one of the EU's October summit. German Chancellor ...

Merkel spy row unlikely to speed up EU data law

24.10.13 @ 18:22

An MEPs' gamble to get quick agreement on new data protection laws is likely to fail, EU sources say. Euro deputies steering the data protection regulation through the parliament decided to skip a plenary debate and to ...

US spying to trump economy at EU summit

24.10.13 @ 09:28

It's a diplomat's nightmare: after weeks of painstakingly negotiating and rewriting the wording of the EU council's conclusions, the summit gets hijacked by a completely different topic. With no urgent decisions to take ...

US-France snooping row to spill into EU summit

22.10.13 @ 07:49

France says EU leaders should talk about data privacy at this week's summit in light of the latest US spying revelation. Speaking after an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg on Monday (21 October), France's ...

'Breakthrough' on EU data protection bill

17.10.13 @ 20:54

After 18 months of intense negotiations, MEPs spearheading the European Data Protection regulation have reached a compromise. The heavily lobbied draft bill, which included a record-breaking 4,000 amendments, is now set ...