Meet the EU’s new privacy watchdogs
Fri 28 Nov 2014, 11:41

This week, the conference of presidents of the European Parliament gave its final approval to the appointments of Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Rafał Wiewiórowski to become the new heads of the European Union Data Protection Authority.

Facebook is developing artificial intelligence
Wed 10 Dec 2014, 16:00

The Guardian describes a new Facebook feature to protect private information. Facebook is developing artificial intelligence that will ask if users really want to post pictures of themselves and friends under the influence. The aim for Facebook’s “digital assistant” is that it will analyse every action by a user with the social network, beyond photos to videos and interactions, and give them more control such as notifications when other users post unauthorised photos.

Households who use CCTV cameras violate data protection law
Fri 12 Dec 2014, 10:40

EU judges have said private households who use CCTV cameras to film people in public spaces outside their house violate data protection law. The case stems from a Czech man who filmed vandals attacking his house and gave the recordings to Czech police.


Coalition of companies and NGOs renew push for cloud and email privacy protections
Wed 11 Mar 2015, 21:00

This may finally be the year that the U.S. Congress gives email and other documents stored in the cloud for several months the same privacy protections from police searches as newer files or paper records stored in a file cabinet, say backers of electronic privacy reform.

A coalition of tech companies, digital rights advocates and other groups on Wednesday renewed their call for Congress to change a 29-year-old electronic privacy law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act [ECPA].

Members of the Digital Fourth coalition have been pushing since 2010 for Congress to change ECPA by requiring law enforcement agencies to get a judge-approved warrant before getting access to a suspect’s digital files stored with a third party for more than 180 days.

Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Jourová: Concluding the EU Data Protection Reform is essential for the Digital Single Market
Wed 28 Jan 2015, 14:00

Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Jourová released an announcement on the EU Data Protection Reform. In their note, the commissioners urge for quick adoption of newly prepared reform which is a necessary part allowing creation of European Digital Single Market.

Czech Republic: Privacy competition for children and youth
Sat 28 Feb 2015, 14:12

The Czech Office for Personal Data Protection announced a competition for children and youth in the context of the Personal Data Protection Day 2015. Young competitors may write a story, essay, or screenplay, they even may perform the invented story before a camera and produce a film or depict the narration in form of cartoon. Well-read children and youth will have the opportunity to write a text explaining in which book or movie they encountered the issue of privacy and personal data protection or what historic event reflects, in their view, privacy protection as a key element, regardless of how the event came off, well or badly.