Luca Bertuzzi

Digital & Media 08-12-2021

Amendments crowd DMA’s plenary vote, and it’s not over yet

Despite a ‘gentlemen's agreement’ between the main political groups in the European Parliament, a number of alternative amendments to the proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA) have been tabled ahead of the plenary vote due on 14-15 December, and more surprises might come later in the week.
Digital & Media 08-12-2021

DSA parliamentary agreement set to hold in key committee vote

The major political groups of the European Parliament reached common ground on the Digital Services Act (DSA), which is set to be largely confirmed in a key committee vote as alternative amendments have so far gathered only limited support.
Digital & Media 07-12-2021

Connectivity providers eye redistribution of responsibilities with the DSA

For 20 years, internet service providers have been tasked by relevant authorities with taking down illegal content. With the Digital Services Act (DSA), obligations are largely moving to online platforms.
Digital & Media 06-12-2021

The last-minute amendments that could change the DMA

The European Parliament’s economic committee (ECON) could table up to six amendments introducing significant changes to the law to regulate internet giants. The leading negotiator for the Digital Markets Act (DMA), Andreas Schwab, requested no separate amendments be tabled during...
Digital & Media 03-12-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: DGA adopted, AI Act moves ahead

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Data protection 02-12-2021

Consumer groups could sue Facebook, EU advocate general says

Consumer protection associations can bring representative actions for infringement of EU privacy rules against data processors such as Facebook, before national courts, according to an Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice.
Digital & Media 02-12-2021

MEPs push for broader scope on common charger proposal

The first hearing in the European Parliament on the proposal for standardising electric chargers brought about a cross-party consensus to also include wireless chargers, laptops, smartwatches and other electronic devices. However, the European Commission stood its ground on technical reasons.
Digital & Media 01-12-2021

Data governance: new EU law for data-sharing adopted

EU co-legislators found a middle ground on the Data Governance Act (DGA) by adopting new rules for data sharing, marking the first step of the European data strategy.
Digital & Media 01-12-2021

EU Council presidency pitches significant changes to AI Act proposal

The Slovenian Presidency circulated a compromise text on the EU's draft AI Act, including major changes in the areas of social scoring, biometric recognition systems, and high-risk applications, while also identifying future points for discussion.
Data protection 29-11-2021

European Commission accused of maladministration over GDPR enforcement

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) filed a formal complaint against the European Commission before the European Ombudsman on Monday (29 November) for failing to monitor enforcement of the EU's data protection law, known as the GDPR, and not holding Ireland accountable.
Digital & Media 26-11-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: DMA & DSA adopted, biometric ban, political ads

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “France’s priority [during the EU presidency] will be to defend the Council’s priorities and to ensure that we are...
Digital & Media 25-11-2021

EU countries embrace platform regulations, but divisions remain

EU ministers gathered in Brussels on Thursday (25 November) to rubber-stamp the new ambitious rules for the digital space. However, significant divisions remain.
Digital & Media 25-11-2021

EU Commission presents new rules for political ads

The European Commission launched a proposal to regulate political advertising, introducing transparency obligations for marketers and strict limits to the use of sensitive personal information. The proposal was published on Thursday (25 November) to protect the electoral process and democratic...
Digital & Media 24-11-2021

Media exemption ruled out in DSA negotiations, but could return

An attempt to exempt the media from new content moderation rules has been ruled out following opposition from all major political groups, but the battle is not over.
Digital & Media 23-11-2021

EU Parliament’s key committee adopts Digital Markets Act

The Digital Markets Act legislative proposal has been endorsed with an overwhelming majority by a key European Parliament committee and will now be voted on in the December plenary session.
Digital & Media 22-11-2021

Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Spain issue warning on DMA ahead of ministerial meeting

The Danish, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish embassies to the EU circulated a warning statement on Monday (22 November) ahead of the Competitiveness Council that is set to adopt the EU’s Digital Markets Act, a key piece of digital legislation, on...
Digital & Media 22-11-2021

DSA: MEPs near agreement on targeted ads, recommender system, marketplace liability

The main political groups of the European Parliament could soon agree on key points of the proposal to regulate online services, according to the latest compromise amendments seen by EURACTIV. Still, discussions may not meet the December deadline.
Digital & Media 19-11-2021

Digital Brief: DSA general approach, DMA compromise, data retention

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Margrethe Vestager
Competition 18-11-2021

Firms must be exposed to competition, says Vestager in blow to ‘EU champions’

EU Competition chief, Margrethe Vestager argued on Thursday (18 November) that strong businesses would not emerge by shielding them from competition, but by exposing them to it, as she presented the bloc's competition policy review.
Digital & Media 18-11-2021

EU lawmakers reach agreement on law targeting Big Tech

MEPs have reached a compromise on the most controversial aspects of the EU regulation that will introduce strict obligations for internet giants.
Digital & Media 17-11-2021

DSA: EU ambassadors reach agreement to start interinstitutional negotiations

Representatives of EU countries endorsed a key piece of digital legislation, the Digital Services Act, on Wednesday, confirming proposals for a 24-hour deadline for removal of illegal content, liability provisions for online marketplaces and centralised enforcement for very large online platforms.
Digital & Media 11-11-2021

EU ambassadors approve ‘general approach’ to Digital Markets Act

Ambassadors from the 27-member European Union unanimously adopted their "general approach" to the DMA on Wednesday (10 November), bringing several modifications to the European Commission's proposal to rein in the dominance of big players on the EU's digital market.
Digital & Media 10-11-2021

EU Court confirms €2.4bn fine against Google for market abuse

In a major victory for the EU's competition regulator, a judgement by the EU General Court has confirmed the European Commission’s sanctions against Google for self-promoting its shopping service.
Digital & Media 10-11-2021

The European tech sector faces its next challenge

As capital markets are becoming more mature in several European countries, the new challenge for startups is securing talent. Still, remote working, business solutions and upcoming EU policies could disrupt the landscape.