The latest proposals from Council undermines protection from profiling
Wed 14 Jan 2015, 20:00

The latest proposals from the Council seek to further undermine protection from profiling. The draft text from the Council not only re-inserts profiling into the (absurdly long) list of measures in the Regulation that Member States can choose not to impose, it also increases the range of justifications for doing so.

TISA trade agreement threatens net neutrality, data protection and consumer rights
Tue 6 Jan 2015, 14:40

The newest leak on the TISA trade agreement once again confirms the danger that free trade agreements pose to our democracy. Like ACTA, CETA and TTIP before it, TISA demonstrates that these intransparently negotiated treaties are driven by the interests of multinational corporations and risk undermining the efforts of the European Parliament to ensure consumer protection, data protection, net neutrality etc.

The US proposal now made public would undermine European data protection regulations. The EU would be rendered unable to enforce European standards on service providers from the signatory states thanks to clauses allowing the transfer of personal data and freeing companies from any requirements to establish local registered offices.r


Facebook Modifies User Privacy Policy
Fri 2 Jan 2015, 22:00

Facebook has modified its privacy and data use policies, effective January 1, 2015. Facebook will now allow advertisers to include a “buy” button directly on targeted advertisements on a user’s page. Facebook will also allow advertisers to use the location data gathered from tools like “Nearby Friends” and location "check-ins” to push geolocation-based targeted advertisements. For instance, a Facebook user who checks in near a restaurant that partners with Facebook may now be shown menu items from that restaurant. Last month, the Dutch data protection commission announced that it planned to open an investigation into Facebook’s policy modifications. In July 2014, EPIC and a coalition of consumer privacy groups urged the FTC to halt Facebook’s plan to collect web-browsing information from its users. Facebook is already under a 20 year consent decree from the FTC that requires Facebook to protect user privacy. The consent decree resulted from complaints brought by EPIC and a coalition of consumer privacy organizations in 2009 and 2010. For more information, see EPIC: Facebook Privacy; and EPIC: FTC.

Article 29 joint statement on European values
Sat 13 Dec 2014, 09:00

The National Law Review announced that on November 26, the Article 29 Working Party released a short joint statement containing a series of declarations on:  (i) “European values”; (ii) “surveillance for security purposes”; and (iii) the “European influence”. The joint statement emphasizes the balance to be struck between protecting data protection rights and allowing national intelligence agencies to perform their duties, and the fundamental importance of European data protection rights more generally. These affirmations are particularly significant in the context of both the Snowden revelations and the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

TTIP: a peek into the negotiations
Mon 9 Feb 2015, 15:00

As the 8th round of the TTIP negotiations just ended in Brussels, Access reflects on the state of play of this major transatlantic trade deal.


Google should not apply 'right to be forgotten' on .com domain, advisory council says
Fri 6 Feb 2015, 14:20

An advisory council put together by Google found that the search engine should only apply the so-called “right to be forgotten” to European Union search domains and not to its international .com domain, which is contrary to what EU privacy regulators want the search engine to do.

Delisting search results only on EU domains is one of the recommendations in a 44-page report released on Friday by the council, whose eight members all volunteered their time.

Google convened the council to advise it on implementing a decision made by the Court of Justice of the European Union in May last year, which gave EU citizens the right to compel search engines to remove search results in Europe for queries that include their names if the results are irrelevant or excessive.