Digital

Data protection 29-06-2017

Member states and tech firms wary of EU ‘data flows’ plan

Tech companies want the European Commission to propose new legislation in autumn that they hope will bring down data storage costs in some countries. But rumoured changes have worried firms that France could pressure the executive to weaken the rules.

Global Europe 28-06-2017

Half-digital Czech Republic anxious about cyber stability

The Czech Republic is one of the EU leaders in e-commerce. However, it is one of the worst in e-government. For example, one of the ministries uses 125 mutually unconnected databases. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Politics 28-06-2017

Cyber attack sweeps globe, researchers see ‘WannaCry’ link

A major global cyber-attack yesterday (27 June) disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that last month infected more than 300,000 computers.

Competition 27-06-2017

Commission slaps record €2.4 bln anti-trust fine on Google

The European Commission fined Google a record-high €2.42 billion on Tuesday (27 June) for breaching EU antitrust rules by using its dominant market position to promote its own comparison shopping service at the expense of rivals.

27-06-2017

Social media giants step up fight against extremist content

Social media giants Facebook, Google's YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft said on Monday (26 June) they were forming a global working group to combine their efforts to remove terrorist content from their platforms.

26-06-2017

String of e-commerce bills struggle to keep pace

One-and-a-half years after the European Commission proposed a string of new laws aimed at making it easier for e-commerce businesses to sell and for customers to buy across the EU, negotiations on those bills are trudging ahead at different speeds.

23-06-2017

Czech cities against Uber, but European court has the last word

It is not easy to be an Uber driver in the Czech Republic. The capital, Prague, has fined them and the second city Brno is now an Uber-free zone. Although public opinion is broadly positive, the EU courts are probably Uber’s last hope.

21-06-2017

Seventeen EU leaders ask Tusk for digital talks on ‘highest level’

On the eve of an EU summit, leaders from 17 EU countries have asked European Council President Donald Tusk for highest-level talks on EU digital policy, saying it was the single market’s main engine and should receive stronger political support.

21-06-2017

Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria ‘presidency trio’ outlines priorities

Ministers representing the incoming Estonian, Bulgarian and Austrian presidencies of the Council of the EU outlined on Tuesday (20 June) their priorities, which seem to differ substantially.

20-06-2017

Gabriel breezes through cozy hearing on way to top EU digital job

Mariya Gabriel, the 38-year-old Bulgarian MEP tipped to become the new EU digital chief, told MEPs during her approval hearing that she wants to “comply” with the European Commission's policy priorities.

Politics 15-06-2017

Pressured in Europe, Facebook details removal of terrorism content

Facebook on Thursday (15 June) offered additional insight on its efforts to remove terrorism content, a response to political pressure in Europe to militant groups using the social network for propaganda and recruiting.

15-06-2017

Mobile roaming fees disappear, but MEPs want more EU rules

European mobile phone contracts are required to charge domestic rates for calls, SMS and data use when users travel in the EU starting today (15 June), capping off a ten-year fight to get rid of roaming fees.

14-06-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni: EU wants us out of the roam zone

Hats off to the European Commission for squeezing two crowd-pleasing stories into one week. Just yesterday, Jean-Claude Juncker celebrated the 1 million 'Erasmus babies' (TMI, really) during a celebration of the programme. Tomorrow the EU wants to score again when it gets rid of mobile roaming fees within Europe.

14-06-2017

MEPs demand EU strategy to protect gig economy workers

The European Parliament is expected to adopt a draft report on Thursday (15 June) calling on EU and national authorities to ensure “fair working conditions and adequate legal and social protection for all workers” in the collaborative economy.

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip
Broadband 09-06-2017

Digital development plan promotes EU tech laws

A new European Commission aid plan promises to channel more development funds into building internet networks in Africa, in the hope that the bloc's fresh privacy and net neutrality rules could become a template for other countries.

09-06-2017

Commission struggles with tax exemptions in EU-wide pension proposal

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis admitted on Thursday (8 June) that full harmonisation across Europe, for the tax regime applied to the upcoming EU-wide personal pension insurance, was "unlikely".

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova

Facebook has started fighting hatred, but attacks on Muslims and Jews remain common

Facebook and YouTube are upping their fight against hate content. However, almost every other hate post is targeted against Muslims or migrants, and every tenth against Jews. EURACTIV Czech Republic partner Aktuálně reports.

Beim Vorgehen gegen Hassparolen will Facebook deutsches Recht anwenden.
Politics 05-06-2017

After London attack, Facebook says aims to be ‘hostile environment’ for terrorists

Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform a "hostile environment" for terrorists in a statement issued after attackers killed seven people in London and prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to demand action from internet firms.

01-06-2017

European court may force Uber out of Europe

A key decision awaits the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Will the Court’s judges side with the opponents of sharing services such as Uber, or will they instead support their further development? EURACTIV Czech Republic’s partner Aktuálně reports.

Broadband 30-05-2017

EU agrees to fund free Wi-Fi for European towns with no internet coverage

European Union legislators agreed yesterday (29 May) to set aside €120 million to provide free wireless internet connections by 2020 to up to 8,000 municipalities in the EU in areas with no internet coverage.

24-05-2017

Council backs 30% European content threshold for audiovisual platforms

EU ministers agreed on Tuesday (23 May) to stricter requirements for online media platforms. Under the proposed rules, at least 30% of the content offered by companies such as Netflix, Google Play and iTunes will have to be produced in Europe. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Freedom of thought 23-05-2017

EU states approve plans to make social media firms tackle hate speech

European Union ministers approved proposals on Tuesday (23 May) to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube tackle videos with hate speech on their platforms.

Broadband 18-05-2017

Member states want to change investment rules in telecoms overhaul

EU countries have changed measures on network investment in a major telecoms bill and are kicking negotiations into the second half of this year.

Data protection 18-05-2017

EU fines Facebook €110 million over WhatsApp deal

European Union antitrust regulators fined Facebook €110 million on Thursday (18 May) for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.