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Draft EU Artificial Intelligence Act: first Council Presidency compromise text covers critical provisions, lead European Parliament committees confirmed
05 December 21 Elisar Bashir

As part of its progress report on the draft Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA), discussed during the Telecommunications Council, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council outlined some substantial changes to the draft regulation. In the meantime, the European Parliament resolved the issue of competences on the draft AIA by assigning as joint lead committees the Internal Market (IMCO) and the Civil Liberties (LIBE) committees.

EUid Regulation: exchange of views in the European Parliament
05 December 21 Marianna Mattera

Members of the European Parliament generally welcomed the European Commission’s proposal for a European digital identity framework (EUid Regulation). They stressed the need to address the lack of interoperability, mutual recognition and limited cross-border usage of electronic identification schemes (eID).

Update on European Commission’s plans following the global deal on corporate taxation
02 December 21 Javier Huerta Bravo

Following the global tax deal of October 2021, the European Commission proposal for an EU digital levy remains on hold.

Update on the draft GDPR guidelines on what it means to transfer personal data outside the EU
01 December 21 Sebastian Naste

Isabelle Vereecken, head of the European Data Protection Board Secretariat, presented the main points of the newly adopted draft guidelines during an online event on 29 November 2021. According to the draft guidelines, a data transfer occurs when a company subject to the GDPR sends personal data to another company established outside the EU.

Draft Data Governance Act: Council and European Parliament reach a provisional agreement
01 December 21 Elisar Bashir

The two EU co-legislators reached a provisional agreement on the draft Data Governance Act (DGA) on 30 November 2021. Both the Council and the European Parliament will now have to formally endorse it.

General and indiscriminate retention of traffic and location data is allowed to safeguard national security only, EU Advocate General confirms
30 November 21 Marianna Mattera

The Advocate General (AG) to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) considered that the general and indiscriminate retention of traffic and location data can be justified to safeguard national security only, in line with the case law of the CJEU. The AG also acknowledged that access to the retained data by national competent authorities can only be granted after a prior review by a court or an independent authority.

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