With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation due to come into force on May 25th individual member states are scrambling to comply with the new directive. The Czech Republic has a lot of catching up to do – national data protection laws supplementing the GDPR are still not in place and a flash poll has revealed that a fifth of Czech firms are unaware of the existence of the new EU data protection rules.
The whole of the Prague Metro system should have mobile phone coverage by the year 2022 after the supervisory board of the city’s transport authority this week approved a deal with a consortium of mobile operators. The first stage of the rollout should begin on part of the C (or red) line this year.
EU Commissioner for Justice and Consumer Protection Věra Jourová has
asked Facebook to provide more information about the Cambridge Analytica
data sharing scandal, particularly, the number of European consumers whose
data were misused. The Czech Euro commissioner told the German daily Bild
she had expressed grave concern over the situation.
The London-based data analytics firm is reported to have misused data from as many as 50 million users worldwide. Jourová said earlier that the Facebook scandal was not just about data protection breaches, but about a threat to democracy."
Around seven out of 10 Czechs are getting discounted rates for Internet mobile phone use compared to than those being officially offered by the main providers, according to the business daily Hospodářské Noviny. The article puts a broad figure for the first time on the discounts whose extent had previously not been mapped or made public.
The Czech Republic’s law on electronic communications looks set for an overhaul that should benefit ordinary mobile phone users and boost the powers of regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO). Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says he aims to rush through an amendment to that end drafted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says he plans to rush through changes to the Czech Republic’s law on electronic communications. The move should increase the powers of regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO) with a view to increasing competition among mobile telephone operators and thus benefiting customers. The bill would also make it easier for customers to switch operators. A particular issue in the Czech Republic is the high cost of mobile data compared to in other states.