Experts warn: EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers

Experts warn: EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers

WHOIS, one of oldest tools on internet for verifying real identities, at risk of being killed due to tough new GDPR regulations. Sweeping new European data protection regulations may have the accidental effect of protecting scammers and spammers by killing the WHOIS system used to link misdeeds online to real identities offline, security experts have warned. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect in May, contains a raft of measures intended to strengthen data protection for Europeans.But some of the new rights and responsibilities will conflict with…

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No Balkan countries to join EU until border disputes resolved

No Balkan countries to join EU until border disputes resolved

EU Commission President Juncker urges Croatia, Slovenia to fix border issues. The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said no Western Balkan country will be allowed to join the European Union as long as border disputes are not resolved. Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that under his presidency no countries with border issues would be allowed in and that a lot of responsibility bore on the shoulders of Croatia and Slovenia. The two countries are both EU member states and have been locked in a land…

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Belgium’s crowd-funding market doubles in size in one year

Belgium’s crowd-funding market doubles in size in one year

Belgium’s crowdfunding market has doubled in one year to over 22 million euros invested in 80 funding operations, according to the annual barometer of the FinTech Belgium Federation, which represents professionals in this sector (start-up, scale-up and investors). Look&Fin is the biggest lender in this sector, providing a total of 15.2 million euros for 46 operations, and thus accounting for close to 70% of the market, followed by MyMicroInvest, which financed 19 operations for a total of 4.3 million euros. The last of the top three, Bolero, funded eight operations…

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