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!
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Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, following an agreement reached by negotiators from the European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission. This is the first step in the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed by the Commission in its Digital Single Market strategy.
The future regulation will enable consumers to access their online content services when they travel in the EU the same way they access them at home. The new rules will become applicable in all EU Member States by the beginning of 2018, giving the providers nine months to prepare for the application of the new rules.
A factsheet and leaflet on the portability of online content services are available.
EuroparlTV have produced a new video explaining that Asylum reform, tax scandals, terrorism, digital borders and energy and climate will be high on the agenda for MEPs in 2017. Have a look at the video below or find it and the transcript on the EuroparlTV site.
Another interesting article from the Law School on the High Court’s Judgement in ‘the Brexit case’. This one by Dr. Robert Brett Taylor, is an expanded version of a piece that appeared in last Friday’s Press and Journal (04/11/16).
This post is by Dr Robert Brett Taylor. It is an expanded version of his note that appeared in the Press & Journal on Friday 4 November 2016.
Following the decision of 52% of the UK electorate to exit the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May has been steadfast in her belief that the power to initiate the UK’s exit from the EU lay with the Government under the ‘royal prerogative’ and not with Parliament. On Thursday 3 November 2016, however, the High Court of Justice in England gave its highly anticipated judgment in the Brexit Case (R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union  EWHC 2768 (Admin)), ruling that the UK Government must seek parliamentary approval before exiting the EU. This blog post will briefly outline the reasoning of the High Court in reaching its decision, as…
EU Aid Volunteers is a European Commission initiative that brings volunteers together with aid organisations from across the world, opening up opportunities for EU citizens to provide support to a variety of humanitarian aid projects. Training is provided and there are opportunities to work both in the field and online.
Applications are now being accepted and you can browse a list of vacancies here.
For lots more information have a look at the official page. In the meantime though here is a video testimonial from a former volunteer in South Sudan:
Do you need to stay up to date on the work of the Court of Justice of the European Union? This handy app provides easy access to the latest decisions of the Court of Justice, the General Court and the Civil Service Tribunal, as well as the latest press releases.
Did you know that you can register with The National Library of Scotland to access a wide range of licensed digital collections? Provided your main address is in Scotland you can use many of these digital collections from any computer meaning you do not have to make a special trip to the NLS in Edinburgh.
You can use these digital collections to do subject searches.
So for anyone interested in the EU and the referendum, for example, three resources could be of interest: