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European Commission Reveals new ePrivacy Regulation

The new ePri­vacy Reg­u­la­tion pro­posed by the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion con­tains sev­eral note­wor­thy changes that will sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand the pri­vacy pro­tec­tion of elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions and up­end how web­sites and browsers op­er­ate.

Facebook may have led WhatsApp merger investigation astray

Face­book is be­ing probed by the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion for sub­mit­ting false in­for­ma­tion in the What­sApp merger in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The probe is fo­cused on Face­book’s claim that it would be im­pos­si­ble to au­to­mat­i­cally link Face­book and What­sApp ac­counts.

“Our draft ePri­vacy Reg­u­la­tion strikes the right bal­ance: it pro­vides a high level of pro­tec­tion for con­sumers, while al­low­ing busi­nesses to in­no­vate.”

An­drus An­sip, Vice-Pres­i­dent for Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Mar­ket, Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion

Issue: Data Privacy

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield maintains legal limbo for transatlantic data transfers

A new deal for EU-U.S. per­sonal data trans­fers was rushed through af­ter the Eu­ro­pean Court of Jus­tice in­val­i­dated the pre­vi­ous Safe Har­bor agree­ment. It is how­ever still doubt­ful whether the new frame­work meets EU data pro­tec­tion re­quire­ments.

Issue: European Integration

Kosovo is slowly moving closer to normalising its relationship with the EU

Seven years af­ter Kosovo's de­c­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence, Kosovo is still fac­ing sub­stan­tial ob­sta­cles to reg­u­lar­is­ing its re­la­tion­ship with the EU. We had a dis­cus­sion with Kosovo's Min­is­ter of In­te­rior Af­fairs, Sk­ender Hy­seni, about what lays ahead.

Issue: Roma Inclusion

We are condemning a generation of Roma children to growing up in walled ghettos

Roma seg­re­ga­tion is fre­quent in Ro­ma­nia. In Baia Mare, a so­cial-hous­ing com­plex mostly in­hab­ited by Roma peo­ple is be­com­ing a walled-in ghetto. In Roșia, Roma chil­dren are sent to seg­re­gated schools. Both is al­legedly be­ing done for the well­be­ing of the chil­dren.

Issue: Roma Inclusion

What western Europe can do for one of the most marginalised communities in the EU

The pres­ence of Roma peo­ple is a con­tested and di­vi­sive is­sue across Eu­rope, and of­ten­times lo­cal au­thor­i­ties make the prob­lem worse by de­stroy­ing camps and push­ing com­mu­ni­ties from one lo­ca­tion to an­other, thereby stig­ma­tis­ing and re­in­forc­ing neg­a­tive stereo­types.

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