Digital

Data protection 06-12-2017

Tech industry slams data watchdogs over damning privacy shield report

A major technology industry association has lashed out at national data protection regulators for a critical report on the EU’s privacy shield data agreement with the United States.

05-12-2017

Gabriel to present plan in May to slash mobile roaming fees with Western Balkans

Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner in charge of digital policies, will announce a plan to get rid of mobile fees between the EU and Western Balkan countries at a May 2018 summit in Bulgaria.

05-12-2017

Telecoms ministers snub Commission’s spectrum overhaul in 5G strategy

Telecoms ministers from EU countries agreed on a plan to set up fast 5G internet networks by 2025, five years after the European Commission's original proposal, and snubbed a proposal to reform rules for selling off radio spectrum.

05-12-2017

Bitcoin and darknet, European dealers’ toolkit

The dismantling of online drug platforms last summer has highlighted the primary role of e-commerce for Europe’s drug trade. EURACTIV France reports.

Data protection 30-11-2017

Seven EU countries team up to investigate Uber data breach

EU privacy watchdogs are uniting to confront Uber over the breach of millions of consumers’ data that the ride-hailing app recently reported.

Data protection 29-11-2017

Privacy crusader Schrems starts NGO to bring more tech firms to court

The Austrian lawyer whose lawsuit toppled the infamous safe harbour data sharing agreement with the United States has set up an NGO focused on bringing more privacy cases to court.

28-11-2017

New cabinet wants to make Austria European role model in digitisation

When it comes to digitisation, the new Austrian government of Sebastian Kurz and Heinz-Christian Strache wants to become a European role model. There is even unanimity over the basic framework. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Cybersecurity 23-11-2017

Trade MEPs want to scrap all EU export restrictions on encryption

MEPs want the European Commission to remove export control restrictions on technology products that use encryption.

Agrifood 23-11-2017

Hogan pleased with Greek efforts to close ‘digital gap’ in rural areas

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan is satisfied with the Greek government’s push for rural broadband, claiming that it will help farmers increase production.

Data protection 23-11-2017

MEPs amp up pressure on Commission over digital trade

MEPs are exerting pressure on the European Commission to draw up rules on data flows in foreign trade agreements, an area where the EU executive has so far not pinned down any tangible policy.

Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Commission ready to boost cash support in humanitarian aid

The European Commission is aiming to boost the proportion of humanitarian aid it hands out as cash. But most payments are actually made by banking cards very similar to regular ATM cards.

21-11-2017

Legal Affairs MEPs approve watered down broadcasting rules

MEPs in the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) have approved a watered down version of an EU proposal that will regulate how much content broadcasters must show online.

Economy & Jobs 21-11-2017

Vestager: EU will act if OECD fails on taxing internet giants

The European Union will take measures to tax US tech giants if the international community doesn't agree to a new system early next year, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (21 November).

21-11-2017

Negotiators agree to end geoblocking in move ahead on EU ecommerce files

MEPs, member states and the European Commission agreed on a compromise deal to end geoblocking restrictions, a move that will force e-commerce businesses to sell to shoppers around the EU regardless of what country they live in.

Cybersecurity 17-11-2017

New EU cybersecurity centres slated to research encryption

EU member states are expected to agree Monday (20 November) on a plan to set up new cybersecurity research centres that will focus partly on encryption technologies.

Cybersecurity 16-11-2017

EU guidelines would help cyber insurance industry, agency says

EU and national legislators should draft guidelines outlining what kind of damage from hacking could be covered under cyber insurance, the EU cybersecurity agency ENISA has said.

13-11-2017

Gabriel leading Commission effort against fake news ‘disease’

Fake news is a disease that European society needs to be “vaccinated” against, the EU's Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said as she opened a call for public comments on possible EU responses to the spread of false information on internet platforms.

10-11-2017

Greece vows to use Copernicus to boost smart farming

The Greek government aims to use Copernicus, Europe's earth-monitoring system, to maximise the potential of smart farming, which will help the country ensure its position in the post-crisis era, Greece's digital policy minister told EURACTIV.com.

Data protection 10-11-2017

Commission wants to extend law for police data access to the US

The European Commission hopes to set an international standard with its upcoming proposal to give police easier access to data from tech companies, and has already asked the United States to cooperate.

Data protection 09-11-2017

Commission conducting review of all foreign data transfer deals

The European Commission is reviewing the 12 data transfer agreements it has with countries outside the bloc, as part of a scrutiny process that could potentially result in the deals being axed.

Cybersecurity 30-10-2017

Ransomware ‘pay up or lose your data’ threat spreads in EU

Hackers are increasingly often using ransomware, blackmail viruses that demand ransom from the owner of the infected computer. One click on what looks like an ordinary email from a customer is enough to make the company a victim of extortion. EURACTIV.cz reports.

27-10-2017

Commission asks citizens how to tax digital global firms

The European Union is asking its citizens to help decide on a fairer tax regime for large digital corporations that may include a tax on their global profits.

Cybersecurity 25-10-2017

MEPs want human rights safeguard on tech exports

MEPs steering a controversial export control bill through the European Parliament have agreed to apply stricter human rights safeguards for technologies that can be used for online surveillance.

Cybersecurity 24-10-2017

EU plans aid to prosecute hackers and support member states

EU diplomats agreed to provide support to find and prosecute hackers outside the bloc and help member states that are hit with cybersecurity breaches, as part of a strategy to step up defence against large-scale attacks.