February 6 2017 – European News Bulletin

EU privacy watchdogs reiterate warning about Windows 10

European Union data protection watchdogs said on Monday (20 February) they were still concerned about the privacy settings of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system despite the US company announcing changes to the installation process. The watchdogs, a group made up of the EU’s 28 authorities responsible for enforcing data protection law, wrote to Microsoft last year expressing concerns about the default installation settings of Windows 10 and users’ apparent lack of control over the company’s processing of their data.

The group – referred to as the Article 29 Working Party – asked for more explanation of Microsoft’s processing of personal data for various purposes, including advertising.

The bailout business in the EU

Since the 2008 financial crisis broke out, more than €1.5 trillion in taxpayer money has been used to rescue ailing banks in Europe, according to the European Commission.Rescuing failed banks is often perceived as a political affair, but it is also a booming business. We see new cases every few months, like Monte di Piaschi last December, or we hear rumours about the collapse of giants like Deutsche bank.

According to Eurostat data, €213 billion of taxpayers’ money – equivalent to the GDP of Finland and Luxembourg or more than 3 years of all military expenditures of the Russian Federation – has been permanently lost as a result of the various bailout packages in the EU. Statistics from the EC Directorate General for Competition indicate that more than €1.5 trillion was used in different forms of rescue packages between 2008-2014.

Brussels tells Italy to reduce fiscal gap or risk being fined

The European Commission warned Italy on Wednesday (22 February) it risked disciplinary action if it did not adopt promised measures to cut its deficit, adding to pressure on a government facing possible early elections and rising eurosceptic sentiment.

Radiation surveillance detects iodine leak in Europe
Nobody knows who released the substance, but radioactive iodine has been detected across Europe in recent weeks. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports. The technicians of Europe’s informal network of radioactivity surveillance experts, the Ring of Five, were the only ones to notice the spike in radiation levels. In the second week of January, the alert sounded in the north of Norway, with traces of iodine 131 detected in the air.

 

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