Digital

17-08-2017

Ireland says EU demand that Apple pay it €13 billion in back taxes unjustified

Ireland's finance minister said the European Commission's demand that Dublin collect up to €13 billion in back taxes from Apple was unjustified, in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) newspaper.

08-08-2017

Member states ask for new EU data retention rules

Several EU member states want to include new rules allowing for data retention in a draft privacy bill.

Economy & Jobs 08-08-2017

Time to bust a few myths about innovation in the internet of things era

Small European tech companies might be about to lose out if the European Commission's new patent guidelines favour giants like Qualcomm and Ericsson, writes Morgan Reed.

07-08-2017

Hungary rights chief denounces ‘data grab’ bill

Hungary's data protection watchdog on Monday (7 August) lashed out at government plans to centralise personal data and ease rules on allowing official access, calling them a major threat to citizens' rights.

Broadband 04-08-2017

Rural areas have bad internet access in most member states

Many rural parts of the EU have poor or no broadband internet, even as lawmakers in Brussels discuss new rules to speed up connectivity.

European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli published his recommended proposal for the data protection regulation today (27 July)
Data protection 03-08-2017

EU privacy watchdog: Privacy shield should be temporary

European privacy watchdogs have received “a few” complaints about the privacy shield data transfer agreement with the United States since it was brokered one year ago, the EU's top privacy advocate said in an interview.

Cybersecurity 01-08-2017

EU agency asks Commission to ‘avoid fragmentation’ in new cybersecurity plans

The EU needs to step up its cooperation between civil and military cybersecurity authorities when member states are attacked by hackers, according to the EU cybersecurity agency ENISA.

31-07-2017

New EU digital Commissioner adds cabinet members

Less than one month after taking office, the newest EU Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel, has filled several spots in her cabinet.

Cybersecurity 28-07-2017

EU cybersecurity exercise focuses on ‘quasi-democratic’ country and anti-globalisation group

An EU exercise to test countries' ability to react to cybersecurity attacks will focus on threats from terrorist groups, “a quasi-democratic country” and anti-globalisation groups.

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28-07-2017

Catalonia to host urban security and inclusive cities conference

Catalonia and Barcelona will host the sixth international conference on urban security and inclusive cities. President of the Government of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont Casamajó writes about how proud he is to be host of the conference.

26-07-2017

EU court’s blow to Canada deal marks new hurdle for data laws

An EU data sharing agreement with Canada is illegal because it violates privacy rights, the European Court of Justice said Wednesday (26 July), marking a new legal blow to the bloc's data deals.

25-07-2017

Google, Facebook and Twitter face fines as EU grows ‘impatient’ with lax consumer rules

Google, Facebook and Twitter could face fines if they do not change their user conditions to meet the European Commission's demands.

25-07-2017

Alphabet profit hit by EU fine on Google

Google parent Alphabet on Monday (24 July) saw shares slide as the market reacted to a massive fine by the European Commission and word that success in mobile, cloud and YouTube is coming with higher costs.

Cybersecurity 20-07-2017

Ansip plans new EU cybersecurity centre

EU digital chief Andrus Ansip wants to set up a new office to certify the cybersecurity level of technology products -- which would make them more competitive globally -- as part of an overhaul of the bloc's rules in September.

Economy & Jobs 19-07-2017

European SMEs can lead the world in the IoT revolution

European firms can lead the economy of tomorrow if our small and medium-sized companies obtain the necessary support, notably when it comes to innovation incentives and patent litigation, writes Hassan Triqui.

18-07-2017

MEPs and ministers hit back on EU plan for longer spectrum licenses

MEPs and national ministers are stripping down an EU proposal to change how wireless radio spectrum is sold to telecoms companies.

Economy & Jobs 17-07-2017

Global cyber-attacks could spur $53 billion in losses

A major, global cyber-attack could trigger an average of $53 billion (€46.30) of economic losses, a figure on par with a catastrophic natural disaster such as US Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Lloyd's of London said in a report today (17 July).

14-07-2017

New lead MEP could shift talks on contentious copyright bill

More rifts have opened up in the European Parliament's negotiations over a contentious copyright law overhaul after a new MEP stepped in to lead on talks.

13-07-2017

MEPs to give telecoms regulators new muscle to police big firms

MEPs in charge of a sweeping new telecoms reform want to give national watchdogs new powers to control operators in countries where there is not enough competition.

Cybersecurity 12-07-2017

MEPs push cyber security rules as ‘political message’ before EU overhaul

MEPs are pressuring the European Commission to propose new cyber crime rules on hacking vulnerabilities, encryption and information sharing between EU countries, ahead of a legal overhaul planned for September.

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10-07-2017

MEP Michał Boni on 5G, Gigabit Society and digital regulations

Polish MEP Michał Boni believes technologies evolve much faster than legislation. This means that we need rules that are adjusted to suit the reality of the situation.

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10-07-2017

Corporate networks: Digital transformation means new challenges

Corporate networks need to ramp up speed and performance if they are to keep pace with digital transformation. This article takes a look at four key trends.

Brexit 05-07-2017

Estonia: Brexit talks won’t distract EU from digital, security issues

The premier of Estonia, which has taken over the six-month EU Council presidency, made it clear once again on Wednesday (5 July) that the EU-27 was moving forward on key issues like security, defence and digitalisation regardless of the pace and outcome of Brexit talks.

Circular economy 05-07-2017

Parliament calls for legislation against Europe’s throwaway society

MEPs agreed on Tuesday (4 July) that manufacturers of electronic appliances should be encouraged to boost the useful life-span of their products by offering affordable spare parts and repair services. EURACTIV France reports.