July


22 August 2019

Sites using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data, EU court rules

"Europe’s top court ruled Monday (30 July) that companies that embed Facebook’s “Like” button on their websites must seek users’ consent to transfer their personal data to the US social network, in line with the bloc’s data privacy laws. (....)"

31 July 2019

“Video lie detector” for travelers: Patrick Breyer sues EU for keeping the iBorderCtrl project secret

"The EU is funding the development of a “video lie detector” to detect deception by immigrants through video recordings of their faces. "

29 July 2019

UK: Evening Standard comment: Our security alliances are more important than ever

"Away from the glare of attention focused on the new Prime Minister and his plans for Brexit, an important security summit begins in London today"

29 July 2019

EU gives Greece blimp to monitor migrants

"Authorities say European Union border agency Frontex has provided the Greek coast guard with a crewless blimp to help combat illegal immigration and to augment search and rescue operations in the eastern Aegean Sea."

29 July 2019

Migrants: contacts with states on Gregoretti - EU Germany says it is available to host some

"A European Commission spokesperson, speaking about the coast guard ship Bruno Gregoretti, said that ''following Italy's request'' for a refugee redistribution plan, the Commission ''has started contacts to support and coordinate all those member states who intend to take part in efforts of solidarity concerning the migrants on board'', who are 140. ''These contacts are still ongoing'', the spokesman added."

29 July 2019

UK: Anti-Deportation Activists Are Blocking Coaches to Charter Flights

"We watched Reclaim the Power members blockade the depot of a coach company that transports people due to be deported on charter flights."

29 July 2019

UK surveillance legal judgement is a blow to journalists & press freedom (NUJ)

Working with the human rights organisation Liberty, the NUJ intervened in the judicial review of the UK's Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The case has been lost today in the High Court.

28 July 2019

Protesters in Poland condemn attack on LGBT march

"Left-wing parties have held a rally in the Polish city of Bialystok against homophobia. An LGBT rights march in the city last week came under attack from far-right groups."

27 July 2019

Police kicks foreign passenger at Athens International Airport (video)

"Greek police has ordered an urgent internal investigation into an incident where a police officers kicks a foreign passenger at the Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos."

26 July 2019

Five Eyes in the Library of Babel

"The Five Eyes, an intelligence-sharing arrangement between the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, owes its foundations to World War II. Significantly, cooperation started by sharing intelligence on foreign communications—through interception, collection and analysis, and associated cryptographic tools."

26 July 2019

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive

"They call it the Silent Talker. It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs.""

26 July 2019

GREECE: Refugees wanted to be heard, so they started the Migratory Birds newspaper

"Mahdia Hosseini, 28, and Fatima Sedaghat, 16, are two young women from the Network for Children’s Rights youth centre in Kolonos, a working class district of Athens. The centre serves the needs of young refugees, migrants as well as low-income Greek people from morning until night."

25 July 2019

EU: Frontex - New Cooperation Plan signed with EASO

"The Plan includes a commitment from both agencies to ensure consistency in the set-up and implementation of Migration Management Support Teams by setting up a working group to include Europol, as well as to provide capacity building to third countries and cooperate in the second phase of the Instrument of Pre-Accession II project ""Regional Support to Protection-Sensitive Migration Management in the Western Balkans and Turkey".

25 July 2019

European Commission: Commission takes Hungary to Court for criminalising activities in support of asylum seekers and opens new infringement for non-provision of food in transit zones

"Today, the European Commission decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU concerning legislation that criminalises activities in support of asylum applications and further restricts the right to request asylum."

25 July 2019

EU Indirectly Confirms UK Is Taking “Practical Steps” After Illegal Copying of SIS Data

"The European Commissioner for Security Julian King, during a talk to journalists on Wednesday, indirectly confirmed, not only that the United Kingdom did make illegal copies of classified information from the database of the Schengen Information System (SIS), but he also said that the UK is already taking “practical steps” to correct its mistake."

25 July 2019

EU takes Hungary to court over ‘Stop Soros’ migrant law

"The European Union on Thursday (25 July) took Hungary to the EU’s highest court over controversial legislation against assisting migrants, known as the “Stop Soros” laws."

 

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