Cybersecurity: between European coordination and national agencies

Friday 28 January 2022 | Openpolis

European agencies play a supporting and coordinating role in European cybersecurity. However, with reference to specific EU regulations, every member state can establish its own organ to safeguard both private and national interests.

Citizens' distrust and lack of consensus: what led to the fiasco of contact tracing apps

Wednesday 05 January 2022 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

European countries have spent months debating what to do with data collected through contact tracing apps. A lack of consensus, as well as the launch of new systems by Apple and Google, lessened the chances of a unified protocol among the bloc. What is clear is that Europe always prioritised the data protection of its own users.

Can we protect our data in the artificial intelligence era?

Monday 10 January 2022 | Andrea G. Rodríguez
| El Orden Mundial

Europe wants to be a leader in tech revolutions like AI. This ambition, however, contrasts sharply with Brussels’ desire to protect the right to privacy and AI needs data to develop. A new European ruling promises to make both objectives compatible, though it does not resolve the problem. 

EU Track and Trace: the €100m failure

Wednesday 05 January 2022 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

Despite European hopes being invested in the technology, contact tracing apps have only succeeded in tracking 5% of registered cases since they were introduced in the EU. The lack of public confidence in the scheme has proven to be an insurmountable hurdle.

ENISA: The cornerstone of the EU’s cybersecurity strategy

Monday 13 December 2021 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

The Cybersecurity Agency has been tasked with building a common defence, without any faults, against cyberattacks in the EU. While it seemed like an uphill struggle at first, restructure after restructure has built it into an organisation at the forefront of fighting Brussels’ war on cybercriminals.

Brussel’s plan to protect the EU from cyberattacks

Thursday 02 December 2021 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

The Covid-19 crisis has turned us into a digital society. Large parts of our day-to-day lives now take place in the digital sphere and this has made Member States much more vulnerable to cyberattacks. To neutralise them, the European Commission launched its new Cybersecurity Strategy in December 2020.

The EU faces off with Big Tech: GDPR’s enforcement enters its final phase

Monday 15 November 2021 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

Member states have imposed eight hundred and eighty sanctions since the law was introduced in May 2018, but the war against the tech giants has just begun. If the EU wants to win it, it will need to commit to it with greater investment and cooperation from all its members.

Publishers’ reliance on Google and Facebook is a problem for media independence

Thursday 17 June 2021 | Andreas Vou
| OBC Transeuropa

Big tech companies bring in plenty of traffic for media outlets but take a disproportionate chunk of the earnings. And even when agreements are signed, it’s Big Tech that sets the rules

Google and Facebook dominate behavioural advertising, even with the cookie crumbling

Wednesday 10 February 2021 | Andreas Vou
| OBC Transeuropa

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

Online ads know you well

Wednesday 25 November 2020 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

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.