Anniversary of EU Data Protection Rules

The controversial General Data Protection Regulation celebrates today (25th May) its first year of entry into application.  To mark the occasion, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, issued a statement. Andrus Ansip said, “25 May marks the anniversary of Europe’s new data protection rules, the…

Sanctions to be Applied Against Cyber Attackers

Cyber attackers around the world could now face EU sanctions, thanks to a new regime pushed for by the UK and its partners. The new sanctions regime, which was signed off this week in Brussels, sends a clear message to hostile actors everywhere that the UK, and the EU, will impose tough consequences for cyber-attacks….

Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Developers of creative content and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression. MEPs adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. This marks the end of the legislative process for the European…

Strengthening EU Cybersecurity

EU Strengthening Cybersecurity

Multiple challenges in strengthening EU cybersecurity remain despite the progress made, according to a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors. As the risk of falling victim to cybercrime or a cyberattack increases, it is essential to build resilience through strengthening governance, raising skills and awareness, and improving coordination, say the auditors. They…

European Parliament Elections At Risk Of Attack

European Parliament Elections

This week in Strasbourg the European Parliament strongly condemned states that seek to undermine European democracy through disinformation campaigns and fake news in a resolution adopted overwhelmingly in plenary. Commenting on the Resolution, President Tajani stated: “Voter participation is the lifeblood of democracy. To express their right to vote, citizens must have complete and accurate…

Russia’s role in tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering

Russia's role in tax avoidance

“Abolish Golden Visa schemes, step up the fight against money laundering, collaborate more closely to fight tax avoidance and tax fraud and update tax regimes to the age of digitalisation. These are the main conclusions the EPP Group draws from the work of the Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance”, according…

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency funding of #resist protestors

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency

The Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in Romania is investigating 403 cryptocurrency transactions.  These transactions, valued in total at 14 million US Dollars, were made over a period of three years, writes James Wilson. The funds entered Romania in order to fund #resist groups and other NGOs who support the National Anti-Corruption…