All articles by Falk Steiner

Data transfers: the unresolved TADPF case
Six months after the announcement of a new transatlantic agreement for a legally secure transfer of personal data, there is no sign of it. A problem for the economy – and on top of that, another state is also causing great concern. continue reading →
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EU data protection supervisor wants regulation article deleted
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has filed a request with the European Court of Justice to annul two articles of the Europol Regulation. The regulation was adopted by the EU institutions earlier this year. The reason for this measure is no small matter: “The contested provisions of the amended Europol Regulation retroactively legalise processing […] continue reading →
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Cyber Resilience Act: to the last washing machine
The EU Commission has presented its next digital act: On Tuesday, the cabinet approved its proposal for better cybersecurity of networked devices. The problem is not new, but the way it is to be solved remains controversial. continue reading →
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Minimum tax: Five EU states increase pressure on Hungary
At the EU finance ministers' meeting, five states announce that they will follow through with the internationally agreed minimum tax on their own if necessary. This way, they want to circumvent Viktor Orbán's blockade at the EU level. The German Ministry of Finance is already working on a concrete implementation plan. continue reading →
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Lobby register: EU and Germany want more
Discussions are currently underway in Berlin and Brussels: How should the representation of interests be made even more transparent in the future? The systems function very differently – and yet they interlock. continue reading →
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Digital strategy: Europe largely absent
The German government's digital strategy is supposed to pool digital policy projects and define a common framework. But what started as a big idea ended up as a patchwork – and the European aspect is barely visible. Nevertheless, a few points have found their way into the strategy. continue reading →
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Commission idea for content tolls draws sharp criticism
Who pays for the Internet? The EU Commission is currently looking into whether changes need to be made to the current model: Should particularly large providers of Internet services bear a larger share and pay more for the data traffic for which they are jointly responsible, in other words, a kind of content toll? This is controversial – and the EU Commission is causing uncertainty. continue reading →
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Open RAN: Study warns of risks
In a recently published paper, scientists warn against expecting too much from Open RAN: As things stand, this initiative will not reduce dependence on China in mobile communications technology. continue reading →
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Tech sanctions: large holes in the net
How effective are the sanctions imposed by the EU and Western countries on the Russian Federation to force the country to leave Ukraine? Everyone involved was aware from the outset that these can never be 100% effective – but there are particularly glaring loopholes when it comes to hardware and software. continue reading →
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Germany’s start-up strategy and Europe’s contribution
When the German government adopted its start-up strategy last week, the goals were ambitious. With the self-proclaimed "Progress Coalition", Germany is to finally see the emergence of more unicorns – and improve the conditions for them. The European component also has a key role in this. continue reading →
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DSA: A lot of uncertainty remains in Austria
While Germany continues to struggle over the appointment of a Digital Services Coordinator, other EU member states are also faced with the question of what adjustments the Digital Services Act requires and which authorities are to perform the tasks. In Austria, some questions are easier to answer. continue reading →
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DMA: Commission reported to have found first enforcers
The EU Commission’s lineup for Digital Markets Act (DMA) enforcement is taking a more concrete shape. As we previously reported, 80 EU Commission employees are to be responsible for DMA enforcement alone, 55 of which are to be filled by internal appointments from the Directorate-General for Competition and the Directorate-General Communications Networks. The first names […] continue reading →
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Meta’s hopes for TADPF
Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp parent Meta has issued an even more urgent warning than before in its stock market reporting obligations that the pending decision by Ireland’s data protection regulator could jeopardize its European business. Meta expects the decision “no earlier than the third quarter of 2022”. The Group is hoping for the announced new […] continue reading →
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DSA: No German supervision in sight
The discussion about the implementation of the Digital Services Act (DSA) in Germany seems to be getting complicated. The DSA stipulates rules for which a wide variety of authorities are responsible in Germany. There is no lack of ideas and implementation possibilities. Clarifying the issue could take a lot of time. continue reading →
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Facebook shutdown remains a long way off
The Irish data protection regulator has sent its draft decision on Facebook to its counterparts in the EU. Meta could be prohibited from transferring EU data to the US. Yet that's unlikely to happen in the short-term. And the social media advertising giant's temporary shore of salvation is already in sight. continue reading →
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AI Act: Hot summer guaranteed
In the deliberations on the AI Act, the lead committees LIBE and IMCO met in joint session and also asked the shadow rapporteurs from other committees to state their priorities. However, the timetable is sporting – and is likely to make finding a compromise more difficult. continue reading →
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Privacy by default: Google under consumer protection fire
Important legal issues surrounding the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on data protection by default and by design will soon occupy data protection supervisory authorities and courts. Several consumer protection organizations are taking action against the Alphabet subsidiary Google in a coordinated campaign with various legal remedies. The reason, according to consumer […] continue reading →
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CER Directive: agreement in trilogue
Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement with the Commission on Tuesday in the trilogue on the revision of the Critical Entity Directive (CER). The CER Directive is to replace the previous critical infrastructure directive of 2008. CER is closely related to the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, whose revision […] continue reading →
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