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28/07/2016

Commission guidance on sharing economy delayed until summer break

Topic: e-Commerce


Digital 07-07-2016

Privacy Shield is the right replacement for Safe Harbour

The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement should be approved because it significantly strengthens Europeans’ privacy rights and improves the privacy protection of US citizens, writes Julie Brill.
Digital 17-06-2016

Time for a stakeholders-led platform to shape e-commerce rules

E-commerce is revolutionising, raising new challenges on governance, regulation and traditional international rules. Time is ripe for a stakeholder-based World e-Trade Platform (eWTP) to propose new standards and incubate rules, writes Luigi Gambardella
Digital 08-06-2016

Airbnb awaits Berlin ruling on legality of home-sharing

A Berlin court is due to make a landmark ruling with ramifications for home rental firms such as Airbnb on Wednesday (8 June) when it decides if homeowners can engage in short-term lets.
UK & Europe 08-06-2016

MasterCard international chief: ‘Brexit wouldn’t be a significant change for us’

Blockchain is expected to have a larger impact on our business than a potential Brexit, suggests MasterCard’s deputy boss, Ann Cairns. In her view, the technology behind virtual currencies like bitcoin is “a good thing for the future”, she told EurActiv.com.
Digital 25-05-2016

Spotify spared from Commission's geoblocking plans for now

The European Commission has narrowly avoided a showdown with the music industry and e-book publishers over its new plans to stop e-commerce firms charging buyers more if they live in certain EU countries.
Digital 25-05-2016

EU plans to free up online shopping, set Netflix quotas

The EU is set to unveil proposals Wednesday (25 May) to make firms lift international barriers for Internet shoppers, and to force Netflix and Amazon to accept quotas for European movies and TV shows.
Digital 17-05-2016

Major reshuffle planned at Commission's DG Connect

The European Commission will reshuffle its digital policy department DG Connect this summer, according to a leaked plan obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 12-05-2016

Franco-German big data paper backs case-by-case competition scrutiny

Whether digital companies with large data sets – such as Facebook, and its WhatsApp subsidiary – could impose a risk on competition has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, German and French competition officials concluded on Tuesday (10 May). EurActiv’s partner PaRR reports.
Digital 04-05-2016

Web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe

On Tuesday (3 May), after a long night of negotiation, and after more than three years since its proposal, it was agreed that web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe. This is a victory not only for persons with disabilities, but all of us, writes Dita Charanzová.
Digital 26-04-2016

Commission wants to regulate US-dominated online platform market

Amid controversy over the European Commission's increased scrutiny of American technology companies, the EU executive will propose new rules regulating online platforms, according to a leaked draft document obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 12-04-2016

Tech entrepreneur: ‘Africa is a very, very long game’

E-commerce has been slow to take off in Africa, but Africa Internet Group, the continent’s first online business worth over €1 billion, has big ambitions. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Trade & Society 21-03-2016

Brexit could raise online prices for UK shoppers

British consumers could be hit by a devalued Pound, and higher import taxes, if the UK leaves the EU, following the 23 June referendum, according to an international shopping website.
Digital 17-03-2016

ECJ Wi-Fi opinion could boost free internet in Europe

A new legal opinion from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could topple Germany's tight restrictions on free Wi-Fi—and internet service providers say it might also help boost the number of free Wi-Fi points across Europe.
Digital 01-03-2016

Commission guidance on sharing economy delayed until summer break

The European Commission is expected to publish its guidelines on how to apply existing EU legislation on the sharing economy in mid-2016, while ministers mull whether new legislation may be needed to deal with Uber, Airbnb and other similar companies.