Panlefit

As part of the PANELFIT project, a number of European organisations are working together so that the opportunities offered by technological innovation can be enjoyed without compromising the security and fundamental rights of citizens. Data protection, consent to the use of personal data, the use of data for commercial or surveillance purposes: these are just a few of the emerging problems. EDJNet is participating in the PANELFIT project in order to raise the level of discussion around these themes in the media. Read more

Action is being taken to increase transparency on the processing of users’ personal data on the internet, but the main digital advertisers still rely on intrusive practices that try to influence people’s behaviours. European regulation on data protection could mitigate the issue, but its enforcement is limited

The online advertising system is based on the collection and sharing of user data, in an opaquely competitive market which rests mostly in a few powerful hands, including Google. Privacy and data protection are at issue, and Europe is debating what action should be taken.

The measures adopted by some Balkan countries to contain the pandemic have raised perplexity in associations and researchers who deal with privacy and digital rights. Emergency actions, derogating from the national rules of law, could translate into mass surveillance tools.

Digital platforms often trick users into giving up their personal data or buying particular products. These “dark patterns” go against European legislation, but authorities are struggling to combat them.

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The project Panelfit is supported by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission (grant agreement n. 788039). The Commission did not take part in the production of the article and is not responsible for its content. The article is part of the independent journalistic production of EDJNet.