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Companies are skeptical about European Union plans to develop bloc-wide consumer labeling frameworks to show the cybersecurity and data protection safeguards that are built into internet-connected devices.

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By Stephen Gardner. Interviews with leading privacy regulators, from the recent 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, which took place in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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A provisional agreement between the European Union and Canada on the transfer and retention of airline passengers data violates the privacy rights of EU citizens, a court adviser said.

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EU member country laws on the retention of communications data for law enforcement purposes should comply with the bloc's data protection standards and with privacy rights, according to an EU Court of Justice opinion.

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By Stephen Gardner. The Council of the European Union April 8 signed off on the bloc's landmark General Data Protection Regulation.

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By Stephen Gardner. A new EU data portability right could alter the relationship between data subjects and data controllers by allowing individuals to manage their data as a single set of information across different platforms.

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By Stephen Gardner. EU and US negotiators said they had agreed a deal to replace the US-EU Safe Harbour framework and allow the transfer of personal data out of Europe to the US.

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By Stephen Gardner. Social media companies may have to wait for two years for clarification of the age at which consent for data processing is valid in the EU without parental authorisation.

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By Stephen Gardner. The UK government's plans for a border-monitoring IT system have so far been, according to a recent National Audit Office report, a prime public procurement fiasco.

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By Stephen Gardner. EU national privacy authorities may regulate data processing by foreign firms with a minimal presence in the DPA's territory.

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