With the global population of internet users exceeding 4 billion, the increasing number of data leak and data abuse incidences is worrisome and should not be taken lightly. The European Commission is actively driving increased standards for data protection, a fundamental right of citizens. The general data protection regulation (GDPR), which entered into effect on the 25 May 2018, represents the most comprehensive reform in the field of privacy and data protection since the dawn of the internet. Setting data-protection standards that are now becoming global, it is the result of long preparation and debate among stakeholders and represents a major achievement. By setting a modern context for the protection of data, GDPR increases the trust of individuals in the digital world. The new framework, therefore, benefits not only citizens but also businesses. Find out more about the GDPR in this newsletter!
Other new publications highlighted in the newsletter include:
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force today and updates data protections principles established 20 years ago. The GDPR reinforces the rules by which all organisations and companies providing services in the EU must abide. The GDPR gives us better ways to say what our data can be used for, to retract our consent, to transfer our data or to ask for it to be erased so we can now shop, share and surf with more confidence online.
To find out more, read: Its your data- take control: a citizen’s guide to data protection in the EUhere. Or watch this video from the UK’s Channel 4 News.
The Centre on Constitutional Change, which is based at the University of Edinburgh and includes academics from the Universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Cardiff, Stirling, and University College Cork, has issued an invitation to the launch of a new book Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work? The launch event takes place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 31st May. Booking details for this free event are available here.
“As the UK Government and opposition parties struggle to define their vision of Brexit, attention has turned back to the European Economic Area or ‘Norway model’, which allows access to the European Single Market without membership of the European Union.
Professor John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo) will present the findings of his new book with Hans Petter Graver: Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work?
The book provides an overview of the Norway model, an assessment of the likelihood that the UK will adopt (parts of or all of) this model. It draws some lessons for the UK, and some reflections on the possible effects on Norway.
There will be a response by Dame Mariot Leslie (former UK Ambassador to Norway)”
The magazine Environment for Europeans has been one of the most popular publications received in the European Documentation Centre here in Taylor Library. However, it has been announced that there will be no more print editions of this tri-annual publication produced by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment. Instead those wishing to keep up to date with European environment and climate policy can subscribe to receive more frequent electronic updates. These bulletins will contain features, news articles, facts and figures, video clips and information on upcoming events. The bulletins will be available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Romanian.
Since the 31st March 2018, a requirement for eCall devices to be fitted in all new cars sold in the EU has come in to effect. The devices automatically contact rescue services in the event of a road accident, relaying the time and location of the crash. This new requirement is a measure designed to reduce the response times of emergency services.
To address concerns about privacy in relation to compulsory tracking devices, the European Commission have released a disclaimer.
Do you need to find and reuse EU Data for your research?
The EU Open Data Portal is free and offers a single point of access to a wide range of data held by EU Institutions and bodies. Generally you can reuse the data free of charge, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, provided you acknowledge the source.
One of the advantages of this portal is that it enables you to link data from various sources automatically that can then be used in a new and creative way.
So to find out more about searching, reusing and linking EU data have a look at a new guide entitled Discover the EU Open Data Portalor check out this short tutorial.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA), based in Luxembourg, audits the European Union’s finances. The ECA offers both paid and unpaid traineeships lasting from three to five months. Those interested can now apply for traineeships starting in September. For traineeships that begin on:
1 September 2018, applications may be submitted from 1 April–31 May 2018
1 February 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 September–31 October 2018
1 May 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 December 2018-31 January 2019.
Further details and eligibility criteria are available here.
Do you need surveys of public opinion for your research? Have you heard of Eurobarometer? It is a series of surveys done across Europe for the European Commission covering attitudes towards the EU, social conditions, health, the economy, citizenship, the environment, IT, security and more. The surveys have been conducted since 1973.
The Standard Eurobarometer is designed to compare and gauge trends over time by keeping the bulk of the survey the same. These surveys are undertaken twice a year.
Special Eurobarometer surveys investigate attitudes to a wide range of topics. Recent survey have been on attitudes to sport and physical activity and Europeans, Agriculture and the CAP
Flash Eurobarometer surveys are ad-hoc telephone interviews conducted at the request of any part of the European Commission. These produce results fairly quickly and focus on specific groups. Recent surveys have included fake news and disinformation online and SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets.
Did you know that you will soon be able to access films, TV series and sports events you have subscribed to while travelling in other EU countries?
An EU regulation on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market is going to apply from 1 April 2018 enabling anyone who has bought or subscribed to films, TV series, sports broadcasts, online games or e-books in the EU country they live in to access them when travelling across the EU. Further information is available here.
The Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and Euratom is available in a coloured coded version, highlighting both where progress has been made and areas still to be agreed.
If you are following the withdrawl process you can find other relevant documents here.
Publications from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union are available here.