Privacy, data protection, and the digital single market

The free movement of data is the so-called Fifth Freedom after the free movement of goods, capital, services, and persons. It is one of the priorities of Estonia's EU Presidency and was the focus of attention during a recent conference in Talinn, where EU data protection supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski shared his insights.

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Annual Privacy Forum: Call for Papers

ENISA’s Annual Privacy Forum (#APF17) takes place in Vienna on 7-8 June 2017, in collaboration with the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna.

Consultation on Cloud Computing Research Innovation Challenges for WP 2018-2020

The European Commission (DG CONNECT, Unit "Cloud and Software") is consulting all interested stakeholders on the future research and innovation challenges in the area of Cloud Computing to be addressed in the forthcoming H2020 LEIT ICT Work Programme 2018-2020.

All interested stakeholders (industry, research centres, academia, SMEs and users) are invited to contribute.

The consultation will run from Monday, 5 September until Monday, 10 October 2016.

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EC report of public consultation on e-privacy directive available


The European Commission has published the summary report on evaluation of the ePrivacy Directive.

The review of the ePrivacy Directive is one of the European Commission's key initiatives aimed at reinforcing trust and security in digital services in the EU under the Digital Single Market strategy.
The purpose of the consultation is to gather feedback on the performance of the ePrivacy Directive since its implementation in 2002, and to seek views on potential reform.

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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield fully operational from today

The EU-US Privacy Shield is up and running. From today U.S. companies needing to transfer personal data of European customers across the Atlantic can sign up to a new framework to govern such data transfers on www.privacyshield.gov.
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EU-US Privacy Shield adopted

The European Commission (EC) has officially adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield framework to protect transatlantic personal data transfers to the US. The agreement, which replaces the defunct Safe Harbor agreement, was announced in Brussels by European Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourova on 12 July 2016. However, businesses still lack clarity and assurance on transatlantic personal data transfers.
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EuroDig – European Dialogue on Internet Governance

During the European Dialogue on Internet Governance event (EuroDig 2016), Pearse O’Donahue, Head of Software, Services, Cloud, DG CONNECT zoomed in the drivers behind the new Data Protection regulation (GDPR). It is essential that the EU imposes rules for high levels of protection through the new regulation. The European Data Protection Agencies play a key role in the data protection regulation, supporting the strong mechanisms in place as entities that are independent from their national governments and the EC.
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A new DSM initiative: free flow of data

Trust is essential in a digital environment, hence the need for new regulation and new initiatives. The objective of Digital Single Market initiative #14 – free flow of data is to boost trust in digital society. The development of new technical tools is fundamental for the protection of privacy as the legal framework is just one aspect. The driver should be to see the Internet as an opportunity and tackle aspects that raise concerns.
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Restoring trust in transatlantic data flows through strong safeguards: European Commission presents EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

The European Commission has released the legal texts of a new agreement for the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield -- guidelines for transatlantic exchanges of personal information for business purposes.

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