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25/08/2016

Hackers bombard aviation sector with over 1,000 attacks per month

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Digital 24-08-2016

European digital single market needs strong net neutrality guidelines

Without a strong protection of the principle of net neutrality, European digital businesses will be confronted with regional fragmentation and new barriers to market entry that will favour the already dominant tech companies from Silicon Valley, writes Stefan Heumann.
Digital 24-08-2016

EU backs Franco-German bid for access to encrypted messages

France and Germany want to compel operators of mobile messaging services to provide access to encrypted content to terrorism investigations, after a series of deadly attacks in both countries.
Digital 23-08-2016

The Microsoft ruling: Mending EU-US digital relations

Microsoft’s successful appeal against a US Department of Justice request to access emails stored on its foreign servers marks an important milestone for international consumer privacy and the tech community, writes Brian Stafford.

Telecoms operators will face new rules on competition with rivals

Telecoms companies will face new rules on how they can access internet networks under a change to EU law that could stoke tensions between large, former monopolies and smaller operators.
Digital 11-08-2016

Media, sports companies rattled by planned EU copyright shake-up

The media and sports industries are preparing to lock horns with the European Commission over its plans to shake up copyright law to make more films, sports and TV shows available online throughout the 28-nation bloc.
Digital 05-08-2016

WhatsApp and Skype targeted in Commission's revamp of telecoms laws

Internet companies like WhatsApp and Skype are worried they'll have to comply with new EU telecoms laws for the first time when the European Commission proposes a legislative overhaul this September.

Slovakian deputy PM: EU data rules must be based on facts, not emotion

The European Union can no longer look at data protection with the presumption of guilt but must be flexible and fast in responding  to deficiencies, while managing responses based on hard data and analysis, not on emotions stimulated by politicians, Slovakia's deputy prime minister said in an interview with EurActiv Slovakia.
Trade & Society 03-08-2016

Tech industry, privacy advocates pressure Commission on export control bill

Technology industry groups are rushing to lobby the European Commission to change a draft bill, before it's proposed in September, that would require export controls on surveillance products.
Digital 01-08-2016

Privacy Shield: A victory for the transatlantic economy

The EU-US Privacy Shield goes live today (1 August). Věra Jourová and Penny Pritzker argue that this is good for citizens, businesses and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

Broadband internet access will become a legal right under new EU telecoms rules

The European Commission is setting itself up for a fight with national governments by forcing them to pay for guaranteed internet access across the EU and comply with new rules on radio spectrum sales, according to an internal document obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 28-07-2016

Merkel defends refugee policy, vows action on 'darknet' after terror attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (28 July) that terrorists threatened Germany's readiness to take in refugees but her government would maintain its policy towards asylum seekers.

Universal basic income paid by a 'robot tax' is a bad idea

Although the digitalisation of industry is a top priority among EU decision makers, Europe should not be concerned about job losses caused by growing automation. Instead, member states should teach the new generations the skills required for a digital future, believes the VDMA chief, Thilo Brodtman.


Digital 22-07-2016

Europe should abandon its expensive internet cookies law

The European Commission should repeal its "cookies law" - it's expensive for online businesses and a burden for internet users, writes Alan McQuinn.
Trade & Society 22-07-2016

Commission plans export controls for surveillance technology

EXCLUSIVE / Technology companies may face stricter licensing requirements to export products that could be used to violate human rights, as part of a change to EU rules.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Smartphone app lets users decide fate of Netherlands refugees

Looking to change public perception about migrants in the Netherlands, two journalists have launched a Smartphone app that dramatizes the asylum-seeking process and lets users ask tough questions of would-be refugees.
Digital 20-07-2016

Commission reluctantly approves controversial German telecoms rule

The European Commission gave a feeble stamp of approval to a controversial German telecoms rule yesterday (19 July), putting a temporary stop to Brussels' fight with the German regulator.
Digital 18-07-2016

Commercial broadcasters prepare for another fight in Brussels

The pay TV sector is bracing itself for another fight in Brussels when the European Commission proposes changes to EU copyright law in September.
Digital 14-07-2016

Go digital or go home: New contract rules on digital content

The Digital Single Market will bring the simplicity and legal certainty that European companies need to make the EU the leader of the digital world. We must embrace this as soon as possible, argues Eva Paunova.
Digital 14-07-2016

EU files fresh anti-trust charges against Google

The European Union filed new anti-trust charges against Google on Thursday (14 July), piling pressure on the US tech giant over the alleged abuse of its market dominance.

Leak: Commission to propose boosting telecoms competition and new internet speed target

The European Commission wants internet download speeds to reach 100 megabits per second by 2025 and calls for more public funds to build faster networks, according to a leaked document obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 12-07-2016

Privacy Shield forced US to be 'transparent' about intelligence agencies

The controversial Privacy Shield agreement, which was signed today (12 July), forced the United States to be unusually transparent about the operations of its intelligence agencies, a top American official has claimed.
Digital 12-07-2016

Michel Bauwens: Uber ‘should be regulated like rest of the economy’

Enterprises like Uber and Airbnb “basically suck value out of the local economy” by trying to work around social laws and other regulations, says Michel Bauwens. But simply banning them would be short-sighted, he told EurActiv.com.
Digital 11-07-2016

Commission asked to crack down on YouTube, Spotify, Netflix in copyright bill

Two groups representing the film and music industry wrote to Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (11 July) asking the European Commission to crack down on internet companies they say are exploiting artists.
NewsSpecial Report

Hackers bombard aviation sector with over 1,000 attacks per month

SPECIAL REPORT / As airlines and airports increasingly become targets of cyber attacks, the EU’s aviation safety agency has urged taking cyber threats “seriously” by launching a common strategy.