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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (20/03/2017)

1. Framework Contract for Technical and Support Services (TSS) in the Field of Irregular Migration and Legal Migration The main aim of the framework contract is to provide consultancy and technical support services on matters related to the prevention and addressing of irregular migration (Lot 1) and legal migration (Lot 2), in order to support the effective implementation of the …

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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (20/03/2017)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS: NOTAKEY: Next generation authentication for the digital age The cost of cybercrime rocketed to $500 billion in 2015, according to The Economist. This is why the European Commission introduced the Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) to implement strong two-factor authentication for payments before 2018. There are already several MFA solutions on the market, but they are …

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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (20/03/2017)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: 2017 World Border Security Congress 21-23 March 2017 Casablanca, Morocco European Conference for Fighting Organised Crime and Terrorism 22 March 2017, Brussels, Belgium InfoSecurity Belgium 22-23 March 2017, Brussels, BE European Robotics Forum 2017 22-24 March 2017, Edinburgh, UK The 8th Annual Internet …

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How best to regulate the murky depths of algorithmic decisions?

By PATRICK STEPHENSON,BRUSSELS – Citizens of most industrial countries, including Europeans and Americans, know that their bank or financial service provider will use a numerical formula to rate their credit-worthiness. But in future, government algorithms could generate a number that rates not just your financial history, but your social history, online behaviour, legal transgressions and even political observations that a particular government might find hostile. That number, in turn, could influence everything from loan approvals to your child’s application to a prestigious school. The implications of such a ‘citizen score’ loomed large at...

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Romanian corruption case and extradition request may demonstrate why the European Arrest Warrant demands an urgent reform

By CHRISOPHER LAY, with DAVID COLE,BRUSSELS – Allegations of dubious prisoner extradition requests from Romania combined with politically charged trials in the country are calling into question the relevance and effectiveness of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). So argued experts at a hearing – “The European Arrest Warrant in Question: Cases in Romania and other countries” – held on 7 February at the European Parliament. held the European Parliament on 7 February and hosted by Finnish MEP Hannu Takkula and the NGO, Human Rights Without Frontiers International (HRWFI), The EAW allows member states to issue an arrest warrant for an individual requiring their extradition, no matter where in the EU. But the EAW’s implementation has revealed...

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Google and France, European DPAs exchange tough words over privacy

By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS – Sparks flew at the “Computers, Privacy and Data Protection” (CPDP) 2017 conference here late January, when a Google privacy lawyer and representatives from European data protection authorities (DPAs) squared off on a critical issue: the global ‘right to be forgotten.’ Participants on the panel — “The Right to Obscurity: Implementing the Google-Spain Decision” — were asked to comment on the EU Court of Justice’s (CJEU) 2014 decision that individuals in the EU have the right to demand that search engines remove links to their personal information when the information is “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive.” The court qualified its decision by stating that this “right to be forgotten” must be balanced against other rights such as freedom of expression and of the press, and thus judged on a case-by-case basis. But rather than ruminate on the past, the panel became a skirmish over the larger, future battle between...

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Trump wants greater counter-terrorism role for NATO – but what?

By BROOKS TIGNERBRUSSELS – As recent events only too visibly show, the new US administration is putting all kinds of pressure – political, budgetary and operational – on NATO. Washington’s demand on 15 February for the allies to nail down their specifics for reaching NATO’s 2-percent-of-GDP defence spending guideline is only the latest example. While politically difficult, the allies still have eight years, until 2024, to do that though they will now have to embed their effort in concrete plans and timetables to please NATO’s biggest member. A more prickly challenge for the European allies could be US President Donald Trump’s demand that NATO take a more active role in the fight against terrorism. This would, of course, boost not only America’s security but that of Europe. There are several options, but one thing NATO would not do is...

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EU law to make online privacy more transparent has its problems

By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS –The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, has as its main objective to ensure that Europeans can control how worldwide data collectors – public and private, but excluding national security agencies – use the online personal information of EU citizens. Data-collection processes, and their self-learning algorithms, must be transparent and auditable, and companies must hire ‘digital privacy officers’ (DPOs) to act as agents of national data privacy authorities (DPAs) to ensure that user privacy is respected. While the GDPR may increase the online privacy of Europe’s citizens, the regulation itself is both vague and complex. Worse, its full implementation may...

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EU-funded project aims at common crisis management standards

By PATRICK STEPHENSON,BRUSSELS – The woes of Europe’s fragmented crisis-management and disaster-response communities are longstanding and well-known. Civil first responders, militaries and other crisis-management operators use different training, operating, and procurement standards – inefficiencies that raise costs and retard response times. But what if Europeans agreed to common standards? Costs could be slashed, response times lowered — and more lives would probably be saved, particularly during cross-border incidents. That elusive goal lies behind the project known as...

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Securing Europe’s future can be done but the path is a stony one

Euro-View: Hans Rodewald on Europe’s security choices Europe is at a junction in its history where the decisions it makes in the next two to three years will determine whether the EU develops into a true global player or shrinks to a swarm of political and economic dwarfs. One of the central questions it must address is how to provide …

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