A European Parliament committee approved earlier this week a data protection measure that would restrict the transfer of individuals' data for law enforcement or intelligence purposes outside of the European Union.
The European Union should adopt a "code of conduct" approach to regulating the data privacy of children whose schools adopt cloud services, says a Sept. 23 report from SafeGov.org.
A report commissioned by the European Parliament urges the European Union to encourage development of local cloud computing capacity based on open source software as a way of safeguarding against U.S. intelligence community surveillance. The report (.pdf), written by former Microsoft Chief Privacy Adviser Caspar Bowden, also finds that the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework fails to prevent against U.S. interception of European citizens' cloud-processed data.
Google can't be forced to stop indexing web content open to crawlers on the basis of a "right to be forgotten," an opinion from the European Court of Justice advocate general says.
The European Council published on May 31 a proposed compromise draft (.pdf) of the General Data Protection Regulation. The updated version follows an March announcement that the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee reviewed more than 3000 ammendments and moves the European Union one step closer to final rules that will address personal data, consent and the right to be forgotten in the Internet economy.
A European Union effort to require greater regulation around the use of personal data isn't incompatible with developing digital products, said European Commission Director General for Justice Françoise Le Bail before a Washington, D.C., audience earlier this month.
More than a dozen consumer and civil liberties groups sent a letter to the Obama administration urging the United States to support Europe's efforts to update and strengthen privacy legislation while decrying an "unprecedented lobbying campaign" by the U.S. government and industry to limit the protections that the proposed European Union data protection directive would provide.
The right to be forgotten "has to be limited to the point where we're talking about judicially, clearly examined, illegal violations of rights," said Alexander Alvaro, the German vice president of the European Parliament, while speaking Dec. 4. an event of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C.
Alexander Alvaro, a German member of the European Parliament and a governor of the European Internet Foundation ("political leadership for network society"), spoke Dec. 4 on European privacy issues during an event of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee.
If the European Parliament approves a right to be forgotten as part of a data protection proposal unveiled earlier this year, it's very possible the result will be large-scale search engine filtering, says the European Network and Information Security Agency. In a paper (.pdf) released Nov. 20, the agency says technical means alone don't exist that would permit individuals to control the distribution of information about them on the open Internet.