Saturday, September 7, 2013

Privacy and mobile phone applications

A Few days ago I came across a very interesting fact-sheet about privacy in the age of smartphones that I will try to summarize in this blog entry. Although the fact-sheet is based on US statistics, parts of it could apply to the EU environment.

In recent years, smartphones have become an intricate part of our everyday lives, just like personal computers years ago. However, research has shown a difference in user’s attitudes towards privacy of smartphones compared to that of personal computers: users tend to be less concerned about protection of their smartphones against fraudulent activities.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

EU Cybersecurity plan to protect open internet and online freedom and opportunity

On Thursday, 7 February the European Commission has launched EU Cybersecurity plan to protect open internet and online freedom and opportunity. Its purpose is to enhance cyber resilience of information systems, to reduce cybercrime and strengthening EU international cyber-security policy and cyber defence.

EU Cybersecurity plan includes:

  • Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union: An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning measures to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the Union
  • Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment
  • Impact Assessment

Monday, February 11, 2013

What's wrong with data protection?

On the 31 January I went to the conference titled ‘What’s wrong with data protection,' organized by Greens/EFA in the European parliament. There were many different speakers representing unalike views on the same issue. The discussions were very interesting and instructive and gave me many interesting ideas to think about.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Data Privacy Day

Today, January 28 is Data Privacy Day. BEUC (EU Consumer Organisation) created a nice video that I would like to share at this opportunity.

Happy Data Privacy Day! 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

'No free lunch on social media' debate

Last Thursday I attended a debate event called “No free lunch on social media.” Since it was one of my fist ‘privacy’ events I visited in Brussels I had high expectations to hear something new on my favourite topic. Maybe even too high. During the debate few questions arose, which sadly never found their way to address a panel of experts.

Friday, January 25, 2013

What is Licensing Europe?

EU Commission has in the end of last year launched the Communication on content in the Digital Single Market, which presents its future work with copyright issues. By the end of 2015 they plan to establish a working and functioning Digital Single Market.[1]  Their aim is to modernise Europe's copyright regime and facilitate licensing, as well as ensure a high level of protection of intellectual property rights and also taking into account cultural diversity.[2] The name “Licensing Europe" therefore represents seeking and exploring of “possible limits of innovative licensing and technological solutions in making EU copyright law and practice fit for the digital age.”[3]