Category: Privacy

The European data protection authorities intervene about corona-virus

Among the nonsense that we hear these days in the fight against Covid19, there is the one whereby current European rules on privacy and protection of personal data would weaken governments’ fight against epidemics. Someone proposes to get rid of these useless frills and…

European Commission sends signals in favor of encryption

The European bubble in Brussels is currently rumbling about a story concerning Instant Messaging. The European Commission is reported to have sent guidelines to its employees regarding the use of Instant Messaging (the various Whatsapp, Messengers, Skype, Telegram etc.) for service purposes. In summary,…

The EU/Japan data flows agreement is a strategic move against US trade wars

(NB: the original version of this article was published in Italian on La Stampa) European Union and Japan agreed to create the world’s largest area of safe data flows, allowing their companies to securely process personal data of both European and Japanese citizens anywhere…

How Mr. Zuckerberg avoided the trap of the European Parliament

Mr. Zuckerberg may have been surprised about how much complex the European political system is. Invited by the Chairman Antonio Tajani to meet the European Parliament in Brussels, he ended up confronting a very large number of MEPs of various parties and nationalities (many…

The time for saying “if the service is free, you are the Product” is running out

With the entry into force of the famous European regulation 2016/679, the so-called GDPR (which stands for “General Data Protection Regulation) it will become difficult for socials and online platforms to force users to deliver their personal data in exchange of “free” services. While…

The end of the Safe Harbor regime: time for structural separation of personal data?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared invalid the so-called Safe Harbor decision of April 26, 2000 of the European Commission which allowed US platforms and OTTs such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and others to transfer and gather in the United States personal…

Search engines, right to be forgotten and data protection: regulating Google?

  A new decision of the Court of justice of the European Union (case C-131/12 Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos) raises very interesting points with regard to the application of data protection rules (namely Directive 95/46/EC) to search…