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Digital 19-10-2017

MEPs approve ePrivacy bill amid political fight

MEPs in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) approved stricter new privacy rules for telecoms services and apps like WhatsApp and Skype that divided political groups and drew backlash from the telecoms and tech industries.

Data protection 19-10-2017

Brussels promises more police access to encrypted data, but no backdoors

The European Commission insisted that it does not want to weaken encryption as part of its latest push to give law enforcement authorities more access to private data.

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.

Economy & Jobs 03-05-2017

EU seeks new powers to peek into ‘sensitive’ corporate information

The European Commission on Tuesday (2 May) unveiled a proposal that could significantly expand its powers to request access to sensitive corporate data as a way to enforce EU single market rules or to inform new pieces of legislation.

Data protection 29-03-2017

EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet messaging apps like WhatsApp, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said yesterday (28 March), heeding calls from national interior ministers.

Digital 10-01-2017

Telecoms firms and internet services like WhatsApp face tougher new privacy rules

Telecoms providers will face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover if they're caught breaking new EU privacy rules that will also hit firms processing vast amounts of machine data in the internet of things.

Digital 20-12-2016

Facebook gave misleading information during WhatsApp buyout, Commission says

The European Commission could fine Facebook up to €170 million after it accused the social media giant with providing misleading information during its acquisition of WhatsApp.

Global Europe 28-10-2016

The Brief: Commissioner mocks Chinese and gay marriage

Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger has mocked the Chinese, gay marriage, and former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s divorce in a shock speech.

Digital 28-10-2016

EU watchdogs ask Yahoo and WhatsApp to explain privacy breaches

The group of powerful data protection watchdogs from EU countries have reprimanded Yahoo and WhatsApp over concerns the companies are violating Europeans' privacy rights.

Digital 09-09-2016

New telecoms rules: bringing Europe’s internet up to speed?

The European Commission proposed changes to laws governing telecoms service in September 2016 that will affect how people use the internet and phones around the EU. There's a lot at stake for consumers, former state-owned monopolies and emerging service providers: the new rules will shake up internet quality, competition between firms, user rights and the powers …

Digital 29-08-2016

European regulators to scrutinise WhatsApp privacy switch

Facebook's move to relax the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the world's most popular mobile messaging application, will be closely scrutinised, the chair of Europe's leading group of privacy regulators said on Monday (29 August).

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.

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.

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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 24-06-2015

EU heeds telecoms call for lighter regulation, network investment

Policy executives from Orange, Deutsche Telekom and BT urged a step back in regulations on Tuesday (23 June), arguing they discourage private investment.

Telecoms increase pressure on Brussels

Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica have launched a new demand for reform in the EU telecommunications sector. They want new regulations to be extended to the Internet providers that piggyback on their services. EURACTIV France and La Tribune report.

Competition 03-10-2014

EU clears Facebook’s $19bn bid for WhatsApp

Facebook, the world's most popular social network, gained European Union clearance on Friday (3 October) for its proposed $19 billion (€14.5bn) takeover of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp in a deal setting it against the telecoms industry.