Luca Bertuzzi

Cybersecurity 23-07-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Pegasus affair, Schrems III, online anonymity questioned

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “These [allegations] have to be verified, but if it is the case, it is completely unacceptable, against any kind...
Digital & Media 21-07-2021

Commission to look into Pegasus affair, Reynders says

The European Commission has decided to launch an investigation on the surveillance of EU journalists as the bloc reels from the Pegasus Project revelations released over the weekend that governments had used military spyware to intercept communications. “We are starting...
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2021

Expert: Digital euro ‘not clear yet and might not be for a long time’

As the digital euro moves to the experimentation phase, experts criticise the lack of clarity around the project and the decade long delay compared to cryptocurrencies.
Digital & Media 19-07-2021

Online racial abuses in the UK prompt calls to end anonymity online

The thousands of anonymous social media accounts that attacked English football players with racist slurs following the European Championship final prompted discussions on how to end anonymity online.
Data protection 16-07-2021

Digital Brief: DGA adopted, DSA opinion, WhatsApp complaints

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.  “We want to build up a European data economy. The personal data revolution was made by Facebook, Google and others....
Data protection 16-07-2021

Parliament committee adopts act ‘to build up a European data economy’

The legislative proposal that will define data governance rules for industrial data across the EU received the green light in the relevant European Parliament committee on Friday (16 July). The committee on industry, research and energy adopted the report on...
copyright 15-07-2021

Advocat General dismisses Poland’s challenge to Copyright Directive

The EU top court's Advocate General has advised it to dismiss the legal action Warsaw initiated against the EU Copyright Directive, deeming its provisions compatible with freedom of expression under certain conditions.
Digital & Media 15-07-2021

Ideological debate over EU industrial strategy heats up

An ideological debate over the future of Europe’s industrial strategy is heating up as the bloc reconsiders how best to achieve strategic independence from foreign suppliers in key economic areas. The disruption of international supply chains due to the pandemic...
Data protection 12-07-2021

WhatsApp faces consumer groups’ complaint over new privacy policy

Several consumer organisations have launched a complaint against WhatsApp, accusing the messaging app of unduly pressuring users to accept its new privacy policy without explaining its consequences for personal data.
Data protection 09-07-2021

Digital Brief: ePrivacy derogation adopted, YouTube’s algorithm, killer acquisitions

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “This interim regulation ends uncertainty for companies. It does not end the danger to children. This is only a...
Digital & Media 07-07-2021

YouTube’s algorithm fuelling harmful content, study says

A crowdsourced investigation has accused YouTube’s recommendation algorithms of fuelling harmful content. France and Germany were found to be particularly affected, along with other non-English speaking countries.
Data protection 06-07-2021

New EU law allows screening of online messages to detect child abuse

The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday (6 July) the final version of the ePrivacy derogation, a temporary measure enabling providers of electronic communication services to scan and report private online messages containing material depicting child sex abuse. The provisions also...
Digital & Media 05-07-2021

Media sector fears EU ban on targeted advertising

Media representatives fear a ban on targeted advertising would undercut their business model already hurt by the COVID crisis, with potentially dramatic consequences for media pluralism.
Digital & Media 02-07-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: UK adequate, ePrivacy low priority, Germany’s high tech strategy

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We are talking here about a fundamental right of EU citizens that we have a duty to protect. This...
Data protection 01-07-2021

ePrivacy regulation not a priority for Slovenia’s digital agenda

The Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council that started on Thursday (1 July) will focus on cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Services Package, and roaming negotiations, while the long-pending ePrivacy Regulation is set to take a back seat.
Digital & Media 30-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ESA – Plugging Italy’s digital shortfall

When the pandemic forced most people to work from home, Italy suddenly found itself facing a conundrum: the employed struggled to adjust to remote work, whereas an epidemic of youth unemployment meant that those who had digital skills mostly did not have a job.
Digital & Media 29-06-2021

EU digital agenda to foster trust in digital technologies, Vestager says

Europeans have low trust in technology and this might hamper the uptake of emerging technologies, the European Commission’s Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager has warned. “The development of digital technology holds the key to a large degree of our prosperity...
Data protection 28-06-2021

Commission adopts UK data adequacy decision with provisos

The European Commission on Monday (28 June) adopted two adequacy decisions for the UK, including measures that would enable Brussels to revise the decision in case of changes in the UK legal framework.
Digital & Media 25-06-2021

Digital Brief: Calls for biometrical ban, online marketplaces’ threat, Germany’s antitrust crusade

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
Digital & Media 24-06-2021

EU countries facing common challenges on e-governance, says Portuguese minister

European governments are facing similar problems in terms of the ethical use of technology, ageing public servants and the need to attract young talent to public administration, Portugal's public administration minister has told EURACTIV.
copyright 23-06-2021

EU Court ruling clarifies online platforms’ responsibility for copyright infringements

A ruling by Europe's top court has shed some light on the conditions under which content-sharing platforms are exempted from responsibility for copyright infringements, with potentially far-reaching implications for the EU's Copyright Directive and the Digital Services Act.
Data protection 22-06-2021

Report: Europe may lose €2 trillion in 10 years if uncertainty over data transfers continues

Restricting data flows in Europe might lead to economic damage worth €2 trillion by 2030, roughly the size of Italy’s economy, and result in two million fewer new jobs, a new industry study has warned.
Digital & Media 21-06-2021

Leading MEP’s bid to ‘take back control of Big Tech’

The EU lawmaker responsible for the Digital Services Act (DSA) deems the landmark legislation will provide a “democratic rulebook for online platforms”, and indicates consumer protection and product safety as the red line for future negotiations.
Data protection 18-06-2021

Digital Brief powered by ITI: EU-US summit, no one-stop shop, UK adequate

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.     “The US and the EU share the same values around privacy, its protection and democracies and open society, which...