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  1. Nov 2020
    1. If the EU is set to mandate encryption backdoors to enable law enforcement to pursue bad actors on social media, and at the same time intends to continue to pursue the platforms for alleged bad practices, then entrusting their diplomatic comms to those platforms, while forcing them to have the tools in place to break encryption as needed would seem a bad idea.

      One explanation for the shift away from Whatsapp (based off the Signal protocol) is that the EU themselves are seeking legislation to force a backdoor into consumer tech.

  2. Oct 2020
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  5. Jun 2020
    1. If the EU is set to mandate encryption backdoors to enable law enforcement to pursue bad actors on social media, and at the same time intends to continue to pursue the platforms for alleged bad practices, then entrusting their diplomatic comms to those platforms, while forcing them to have the tools in place to break encryption as needed would seem a bad idea.
    2. First, the recognition that sensitive information needs to be transmitted securely over instant messaging platforms plays into the hands of the privacy advocates who are against backdoors in the end-to-end encryption used on WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, iMessage and others. The core argument from the privacy lobby is that a backdoor will almost certainly be exploited by bad actors. Clearly, the EU (and others) would not risk their own comms with such a vulnerability.
  6. May 2020
    1. The GDPR permits data transfers of EU resident data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) only when in compliance with set conditions.
    2. This scope effectively covers almost all companies and, therefore, means that the GDPR can apply to you whether your organization is based in the EU or not. As a matter of fact, this PwC survey showed that the GDPR is a top data protection priority for up to 92 percent of U.S. companies surveyed.
    1. the data subject has explicitly consented to the proposed transfer, after having been informed of the possible risks of such transfers for the data subject due to the absence of an adequacy decision and appropriate safeguards;
    2. In the absence of an adequacy decision pursuant to Article 45(3), or of appropriate safeguards pursuant to Article 46, including binding corporate rules, a transfer or a set of transfers of personal data to a third country or an international organisation shall take place only on one of the following conditions:

      These conditions are individually sufficient and jointly necessary (https://hyp.is/e0RRFJCfEeqwuR_MillmPA/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necessity_and_sufficiency).

      Each of the conditions listed is a sufficient (but, by itself, not necessary) condition for legal transfer (T) of personal data to a third country or an international organisation. In other words, if any of those conditions is true, then legal transfer is also true.

      On the other hand, the list of conditions (C; let C be the disjunction of the conditions a-g: a or b or c ...) are jointly necessary for legal transfer (T) to be true. That is:

      • T cannot be true unless C (one of a or b or c ...) is true
      • if C is false (there is not one of a or b or c ... that is true), then T is false
      • T ⇒ C
      • C ⇐ T
    1. For residents of the European Economic Area, the Right of Withdrawal applies to any purchase of game software which requires a download and which has not been used for 14 days after purchase.
    1. EU law prohibits the personal data of EU citizens from being transferred outside the EU to countries which do not ensure an adequate level of protection for that data.
    2. This framework serves the purpose of protecting Europeans’ personal data after the transfer to the US and correlates with GDPR requirements for Cross Boarder Data Transfers.
    1. Under EU law (namely the GDPR) it is mandatory that you obtain the informed consent of the user before subscribing them to the service. Under EU regulations, acquiring consent can be considered a two-part process that includes informing the user and obtaining verifiable consent via an affirmative action.
    2. These rules usually apply to any company selling to EU residents but may vary for international sellers on a case-by-case basis. It is worth noting, however, that in recent cases US courts have chosen to uphold the applicable EU law.
    3. Meet specific requirements if transferring data outside of the EAA. The GDPR permits data transfers of EU resident data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) only when in compliance with set conditions.
    4. An entity not established in the EU offers goods or services (even if the offer is for free) to people in the EU. The entity can be government agencies, private/public companies, individuals and non-profits;
    5. Determining your law of reference Generally, the laws of a particular region apply if: You base your operations there; or You use processing services or servers based in the region; or Your service targets users from that region This effectively means that regional regulations may apply to you and/or your business whether you’re located in the region or not. For that reason, it’s always advisable that you approach your data processing activities with the strictest applicable regulations in mind.
    1. the GDPR restricts transfers of personal data outside the EEA, or the protection of the GDPR, unless the rights of the individuals in respect of their personal data is protected in another way
  7. Apr 2020
    1. EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, we identify and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. We believe that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.

      would be interesting to understand more about their budget, philosophy and approach.

    1. Varoufakis stammelt vom Untergang der Europäischen Union. Wir werden alle betroffen sein, selbst die Reichen. Alarmismus, abgeschmackte Bildsymbolik. Völlig unkonkret. Er hält dagegen, was die EU ganz ohne ihn schon vorhat: Eurobonds und nahhaltige Fonds. Und ein BGE.

  8. Mar 2020
  9. Feb 2020
    1. Although he sat as a crossbencher, Neill’s stance on the EU was more in keeping with eurosceptic Conservatives. He argued forcefully that the 1972 European Communities Act, by which Britain joined the EEC, had overthrown constitutional law and tradition. Later, he was highly critical of the European Court, saying that its judgements were designed to advance the cause of greater European integration. “A court with a mission is a menace,” wrote Neill. “A supreme court with a mission is a tyranny.” In 1996 the home secretary Michael Howard adopted the phrase when he argued that British courts should be forbidden from enforcing European Community law.
  10. Jan 2020
    1. Now, Google has to change its practices and prompt users to choose their own default search engine when setting up a European Android device that has the Google Search app built in. Not all countries will have the same options, however, as the choices included in Google’s new prompt all went to the highest bidders.As it turns out, DuckDuckGo must have bid more aggressively than other Google competitors, as it’s being offered as a choice across all countries in the EU.
    1. Und dann kamen die Nazis!

      Es ist zutiefst bedauerlich, dass diese Sichtweise in der Geschichte so untergegangen zu sein scheint!

  11. Sep 2019
  12. Mar 2019
    1. Experts say any filters introduced will likely be error-prone and ineffective. They also note that given the cost of deploying such filters, the law may have the opposite effect to politicians’ intent — solidifying the dominance of US tech giants over online spaces.

      This is not only saddening, but points to a significant part of one of the problems.

  13. Mar 2018
    1. The noble Baroness also expressed concern about not losing any EU functions. The Government are committed to ensuring continuity, but there are a small number of functions it would be inappropriate for us to transfer to a UK public authority after exit. Examples might include the functions of the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union or the Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations. The Clause 7(1) power makes provision to remove these functions, but only if, outside the EU, they were somehow deficient, not simply because the Government disliked them as a matter of policy.The noble Baroness raised the important matter of maintaining rights, standards and equalities protections, and I want to make clear to noble Lords it is not the intention of this Government to weaken these as a result of our exit from the EU. It is for that very reason that it is necessary for Ministers to have the ability to make adjustments to any relevant legislation to ensure we can continue to enjoy these rights, standards and equalities as we currently do when we are no longer part of the EU.

      government response to general points

    1. The last time I checked, the environmental directorate of the EU had taken 34 cases against the UK Government, of which it had won 30.
    2. I found the presence of EU law, particularly on bathing waters and water quality, extremely helpful. It was not always easy to convince my colleagues that we really did have less good drinking water than much of the rest of the European Union. They rather took my mother’s view, which was that the reason that people had bottled water in France was because their ordinary water was unacceptable. There was a general view, much promoted in the Daily Telegraph, that there was no need for improvement. I have to say that there was need. There was even more need, as Surfers Against Sewage made clear, to do something about our appalling bathing water standards. We were, after all, in much of the country pouring unreformed ordure—I do try very hard to use phrases that the Committee will not object to—into the sea. We were able to change that, not, I may say, without very considerable difficulty and arguments about the price and cost of doing it. It was within a context of EU law, and not just precise pieces of law but the context in which we accepted certain standards and values to which we could refer when it came to making our own legislation.

      value of EU law to conservative governments in the past

  14. Feb 2018
  15. Jan 2018
  16. Dec 2017
    1. Now the relationship is set to become even deeper, with the wide-ranging EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) on track to be signed in 2018. The FTA will eliminate more than 99% of tariff lines, and partially liberalise the remaining number, in some cases through quota increases. Vietnam will eliminate 65% of its import duties on EU products before or on the date of the FTA entering into force, with the remainder lifted over the following 10 years. The EU will eliminate duties on 71% of products before or on the FTA’s commencement, and lift others over a seven-year period.

      The relation more deeper between VN and EU with Free Trade Agreement that VN and EU have signed in 2018 and 99% of Tariff line and remaining number.

    2. Vietnam’s trade with the EU in the first 11 months of 2016 totalled $40.76bn, according to Vietnam Customs. The bloc was Vietnam’s second-biggest export market, worth $30.72bn (up 9% on the same period of 2015, and accounting for 19.2% of the total), and its fourth-biggest source of imports ($10bn, up 9.7%, and 6.4% of the total). Machinery and appliances accounted for just over half of Vietnam’s exports to the EU, 50.1%, with telecommunications equipment comprising 33.5% of all exports. Footwear and hats accounted for 12.1%, and textiles and textile articles 10.4%. Vietnam’s imports from the EU, meanwhile, included machinery and appliances (27.4% of the total), chemicals (17.8%) and manufactured goods (11.3%).

      Vietnam have been trade with EU among the 11 months of 2016, $40.76bn according to Vietnam custom.

  17. Nov 2017
    1. The European Commission adopted on Nov. 29 a CAP reform communication, “The Future of Food and Farming,” that includes simpler rules and a more flexible approach. Allowing member states greater responsibilities to choose how and where to invest their CAP funding in order to meet common goals on environment, climate change and sustainability is the flagship initiative, the commission said.

      the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is to improve agricultural in EU as well as to meet the EU's goals.

    1. The EU is ASEAN's second largest trading partner. Based on EU statistics, in 2015 ASEAN-EU two-way trade in goods stood at €201 billion, an 11% increase on 2014. In 2015, ASEAN exported almost €118 billion to the EU and the EU €83 billion to ASEAN.

      ASEAN is second largest trading partner.

    1. As an index, people have different expectations on search result neutrality. Some want Google Search to be entirely neutral, some demand immediate action to remove some results. The European Union has both demanded GOOG to comply with removal requests, and fined GOOG for not being neutral in shopping queries. It is not beneficial for GOOG to assume the role of an impartial arbiter of content, since it’s not supporting their business model. Quite the contrary, they are under public scrutiny from multiple governments, potentially risking their reputation.
  18. Sep 2017
    1. If we didn't do this, and allowed the uncertainty to continue, and pushed these difficult subjects to the end of the negotiations, then we would run the risk of failure in the absence of trust between us

      I feel that trust is moving downwards at the moment.

    2. There is therefore only one year left

      this is deeply worrying

  19. Jun 2017
    1. The Commission had no comment on pan-European media investigation into Malta’s tax system.

      This pan-European media investigation is referred to as #MaltaFiles, a project of the European Investigative Collaboration short EICnetwork. Learn more about MaltaFiles and projects of the EICnetwork here: https://eic.network/projects/malta-files

  20. May 2017
    1. “Malta's strength as a location for online gambling is based on weak supervision," Giegold told Reuters.

      Sven Giegold also says that Malta's obstruction is an "impertinence" as you can read in #MaltaFiles story of DerSPIEGEL

  21. Dec 2016
  22. Jun 2016
    1. To no one’s very great surprise, Project Fear turned out to be a giant hoax. The markets were calm. The pound did not collapse. The British government immediately launched a highly effective and popular campaign across the Continent to explain that this was not a rejection of “Europe”, only of the supranational EU institutions; and a new relationship was rapidly forged based on free trade and with traditional British leadership on foreign policy, crime-fighting, intelligence-sharing and other intergovernmental cooperation. 

      This is very funny, in light of the facts. What an arrogant moron.

  23. Mar 2016
    1. should not be abused in order to prevent its use with software provided by independent parties.

      The thing the EU directive contradicts

    1. at software can only be loaded into the radio equipment where the compliance

      EU screw-up, contradicting themselves

    1. В центре большинства европейских городов парковок на улице практически нет, все они спрятаны под землю. Нам пришлось сделать парку кругов по центру Инсбрука в компании автобусов и таксистов, прежде чем мы нашли один такой платный паркинг и заплатить немаленькую сумму за 3 часа.
    1. Alongside the Dutch government, which is using its presidency of the EU to push the case for open access, only Hungary, Romania, Sweden and the UK, share the view that academic publishers should stop charging readers a subscription and instead charge authors for publishing their papers.

      Could be worse.

  24. Sep 2015
    1. Sensburg: Sie haben Selektoren von NSA bekommen und was dann damit gemacht? K.M.: Geprüft, 3-stufig, G-10-Erkennung (.de-Mail Adressen suchen, +49, …) Sensburg: Wie machen sie das? K.M.: Dateien, die geliefert werden, werden in Wortbank eingewiesen und Suchprofil wird drüberlaufen gelassen. Sensburg: Suchprofil ist G-10-Filter. Stehen da auch einzelne, bekannte Selektoren drin, nicht nur „.de“? K.M.: Erstmal nur offensichtliche Merkmale. Wolff: Wenns um Details geht: Konkrete Filtermechanismen NÖ. Sensburg: Gibts neben den offensichtlichen Filterkriterien auf Stufe 1 noch weitere? K.M.: Ja, dienststellenspezifisch. Sensburg: Geht nur um Stufe eins, weil nicht seriös rauszufiltern, „hotmail.com“ ist nicht als deutsch zu erkennen. K.M.: Fällt nicht unter Stufe 1. Sensburg: Dann, was macht Stufe 2? K.M.: Adressen, Telko-Merkmale, die nicht deutsch aussehen, aber Deutschen zuzuordnen sind. Wird täglich überarbeitet. Auch meine Aufgabe. Sensburg: Stufe 3? K.M.: Suchen auch in der Deutung, wenn AND eine Deutung liefert (Person- oder Firmenname). Wenn D oder EU-Interessen (irgendwas mit „German…“) enthalten sind, dann wird in Stufe 3 ausgefiltert Sensburg: Also mail@volkswagen.com würde in Stufe 2 gefiltert? K.M.: Wenn bekannt dass D, dann ja, ansonsten evtl. in 3. Stufe Sensburg: Krieterien für 2. Stufe werden täglich aktualisiert, Prüfung der Selektoren aber wöchentlich? K.M.: Täglich erst seit Mitte März, bis März 2015 nur wöchentlich. Auch bei Rohmaterial, das wir an ANDs liefern. (!) Sensburg: Gehts um Selektoren, die reinkommen oder die sie finden? K.M.: Täglich werden Kriterien von Stufe 2 geprüft, außerdem wenn neue Selektorenlisten kommen. AND-Listen nicht täglich, nur wenn neue Profile an Außenstellen verschickt werden. Immer zwischen Selektorenlisten und Rohmaterial. Sensburg: Wieviel kommt heute noch rein? K.M.: KA. Prüfe für Bad Aibling Selektorenlisten. Wortbank-Material durchläuft die von mir programmierte Datenbank. Wenn ich von mir spreche, ist das ein größerer Kreis, die Wortbank-Grupe. Hat 4 Mitglieder. Sensburg: Warum Wortbank-Gruppe, weil Datenbank von Worten, die interessant sind? K.M.: Ja, quasi.
    2. Europa ist kein G-10
    3. Notz: Jede Woche schicken sie das nach Pullach und die entscheiden. Dann löschen sie in einer Nacht- und Nebelaktion zehntausende. Aber mit der Zentrale reden sie nicht? Nicht komisch? W.O.: Nicht im Geringsten.
    4. Sensburg: Wie viel Prozent der Gesamtdatenbank fiel nach Prüfung nach Europäern raus? Wolff: NÖ. (!) Sensburg: Schade.
    5. Sensburg: Gab es eine Nachkorrektur in ihrer Zeit? Kam das vor? W.O.: Ja, 2013 wurde ich von meinem Dienststellenleiter R.U. aufgefordert, nach Europäern zu suchen. (!) Sensburg: Auftrag mündlich? W.O.: Ja. Sensburg: War das bekannt, dass die nicht gefiltert werden? Oder Schock? W.O.: War bekannt. Haben wir ja gesehen. Sensburg: Haben sie gefragt, warum? W.O.: KA. Habe Auftrag einfach ausgeführt.
  25. Jun 2015
    1. a principios de abril el Parlamento heleno lanzó este comité presidido por el politólogo belga Eric Toussaint, quien ya ha auditado otras deudas como la de Ecuador, que derivó en una reestructuración previa negociación con los acreedores. Profesor de la Universidad de Lieja y presidente del Comité para la Anulación de la Deuda en el Tercer Mundo, Toussaint, probablemente urgido por el Ejecutivo de Tsipras ante la agonía que le espera este 18 y 19 de junio en el Eurogrupo de Luxemburgo, presentó en Atenas un documento de 50 páginas del que el plato fuerte se conocerá el mismo día que se reúne el Eurogrupo. Lo que viene a continuación es un resumen de algunos de los puntos principales del texto, que atribuye a la troika (BCE, FMI, Comisión Europea) gravísimas imputaciones.