European Parliament News, Articles and Updates

Europol director candidate quizzed by MEPs today, appointment could follow

Catherine De Bolle, general commissioner of the Belgian federal police, the selected candidate for Executive Director of European Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) undergoes MEP questioning today.

All EU bodies urged to follow same data protection rules

Data protection rules for EU institutions, bodies and agencies must cover all EU bodies to ensure strong and coherent data protection safeguards and avoid loopholes says the European Parliament's lead MEP.

European Parliament wants to enforce encryption on all electronic communications

The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs wants to bring its stance on privacy into the 21st century.

EU-US Privacy Shield attacked by critics in Euro Parliament hearing

At a hearing of the European Parliament's committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs yesterday, critics assailed the proposal as weak and ineffective.

EU-US Safe Harbour agreed - for now

A last minute agreement on EU-US Safe Harbour transatlantic data transfers has been announced, but civil liberties objections are expected by those who believe initial concerns are not fully addressed.

Industry sceptical of new NIS directive passed today

European member states face a new set of cyber-security rules following a vote in the European Parliament's Internal Markets Committee but industry experts were not impressed.

European Parliament informally agrees GDPR to come into power by 2018

The European Parliament informally agreed Tuesday to replace the EU Data Protection Directive 1995 with the General Data Protection Regulation.

'fess up: New EU Law makes companies report their breaches

A freshly passed law, hashed out over hours of negotiations between EU member states and the European Parliament, will compel companies to report cyber breaches.

European Parliament failure to protect net neutrality 'threatens encryption', says Berners-Lee

New internet laws agreed by the European Parliament today have been branded as a threat to encryption by campaigners including British world wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Landmark European data protection judgement

Pan-European operations can now be subject to the data protection laws of each country (not just the one they are established in) following a ECJ ruling yesterday.

Harmonised EU data protection and fines by the end of the year

Harmonised EU data protection reform should be in place by the end of this year according to representatives at a 'trilogue' meeting of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the council of national justice ministers yesterday.

EU Parliament blocks Microsoft Outlook apps over privacy fears

The European Parliament has reportedly become the latest organisation to block members from using Microsoft's new Outlook apps because of "serious security issues".

New data privacy law could be delayed until 2016

Objections from the UK could delay implementation of a new data protection bill until 2016

Snowden effect: Insider threat grips European companies

Just nine percent of European organisations feel safe from insider threat, according to a new study by Vormetric and Ovum, and that could get worse once the new EU data protection legislation comes into effect.

Reporting cyber attacks should be "a legal requirement"

The opposition Labour party is calling for new laws to be introduced so that businesses are forced to report when they have been hit by a cyber attack.

EU approves data protection law but critics remain

The European Parliament approved a draft law on data protection on Wednesday, but the mooted changes are still to win universal approval from all in the infosec community.

Tory MEPs slam European invite to 'criminal' Snowden

Data privacy whistleblower Edward Snowden is set to be invited to give evidence to the European Parliament (EP) in January.

Europe MEPs push for data privacy law

The European Parliament is calling for the introduction of a new pan-European data privacy law to protect against US intrusion.

Whistleblowers given shock ovation by European MEPs

Former UK and US intelligence agents turned whistleblowers were given an unprecedented ovation at a European Parliament inquiry this week.