Samuel Stolton

Digital 22-10-2020

Incoming Portuguese Presidency calls for ‘significant’ investment into e-Government

The incoming Portuguese Presidency of the EU says that one of its priorities for its six-month stint chairing the EU Council is to foster the uptake of digital tools for governments across the bloc and that 'significant' funds from the EU's recovery package should be allocated to this field.
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a series of reports which could have a profound impact on the future of the platform economy, supporting measures such as a possible ban on targeted advertising, reporting procedures for illegal content, and better detection of fraudulent vendors.
Digital 21-10-2020

Parliament adopts ambitious stance on EU’s future regulation of digital platforms

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a series of reports which could have a profound impact on the future of the platform economy, supporting a possible ban on targeted advertising, reporting procedures for illegal content, and better detection of fraudulent vendors.
The European Union's cybersecurity resilience has been pushed to the limits of its capacities as an indirect result of the ongoing public health crisis, a new report from the EU's cybersecurity agency ENISA states.
Digital 20-10-2020

EU cyber resilience pushed ‘to limit’ amid Coronavirus, report says

The European Union's cybersecurity resilience has been pushed to the limit of its capacities as an indirect result of the ongoing public health crisis, warned a new report from the EU's cybersecurity agency ENISA, published on Tuesday.
A contingent of EU nations has pressed the European Commission to urgently develop a strategy to counter disinformation related to 5G telecommunications networks, amid concerns that the bloc may miss legally-binding targets for the rollout of such technologies.
Digital 19-10-2020

Fifteen EU countries raise alarm on Europe’s ‘anti-5G movement’

A contingent of EU nations has pressed the European Commission to urgently develop a strategy to counter disinformation related to 5G telecommunications networks, amid concerns that the bloc may miss legally-binding targets for the rollout of new infrastructure.
Digital 16-10-2020

Digital Brief, powered by Google: Gaia-X, Huawei troubles, DSA

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “At the end of the day, when Gaia-X becomes operational, it will be possible for American or Indian or...
Global technology giants including Google, Microsoft, and IBM, in addition to Chinese players in the market, are welcome to take part in the EU's ambitious cloud infrastructure project Gaia-X, the German Economy Minister Peter Altmaeir has said.
Digital 15-10-2020

US and Chinese tech giants welcomed into ‘EU sovereign’ cloud project

Global technology giants including Google, Microsoft, and IBM, in addition to Chinese players in the market, are welcome to take part in the EU's ambitious cloud infrastructure project Gaia-X, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Thursday (15 October).
Forthcoming EU rules to rein in the dominance of the Big Tech giants should include measures to regulate Big Tech from accumulating too many users at the disadvantage of smaller competitors, a position paper from France and the Netherlands says.
Digital 15-10-2020

French and Dutch call for ‘regulating access to users’ for Big Tech giants

Forthcoming EU rules to rein in the dominance of the Big Tech giants should include measures to regulate Big Tech from accumulating too many users at the disadvantage of smaller competitors, a position paper from France and the Netherlands says.
The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country's data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards in the field.
Data protection 14-10-2020

UK government under pressure to prove data adequacy to EU

The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country's data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards.
An EU-funded voting application in Myanmar has come under heavy criticism for inciting "racial and religious vilification" in the country by profiling candidates' ethnicity and beliefs, using derogatory terminology to designate those of Rohingya descent.
Digital 14-10-2020

EU slammed for funding ‘discriminatory’ Myanmar voting application

An EU-funded voting application in Myanmar has come under heavy criticism for inciting "racial and religious vilification" in the country by profiling candidates' ethnicity and beliefs, using derogatory terminology to designate those of Rohingya descent.
Concerns have emerged from EU consumer groups that plans in Italy to establish a single firm overseeing the rollout of the country's future broadband infrastructure could lead to a 'quasi-monopolistic' market structure.
Digital 14-10-2020

Concerns emerge over Italy’s ‘monopolistic’ Single Broadband Network plans

Concerns have emerged among EU consumer groups that plans in Italy to establish a single firm overseeing the rollout of the country's future broadband infrastructure could lead to a 'quasi-monopolistic' market structure.
The European Commission should not grant the UK a data adequacy agreement as part of its ongoing assessment of the country's data protection landscape, a civil rights group has said. 
Digital 12-10-2020

Commission must refuse UK data adequacy, rights group says

The European Commission should not grant the UK a data adequacy agreement as part of its ongoing assessment of the country's data protection landscape, an Irish civil rights group has said. 
New EU measures regulating the web should avoid, in the first instance, rules on the hosting of online content deemed 'harmful' but not 'illegal,' a Brussels trade association representing the world's largest online platforms has said.
Digital 12-10-2020

Digital Services Act should avoid rules on ‘harmful’ content, Big Tech tells EU

New EU measures regulating the web should avoid, in the first instance, rules on the hosting of online content deemed "harmful" but not "illegal", a Brussels trade association representing the world's largest online platforms has said.
Digital 09-10-2020

Digital Brief: The French fight, Biotech in Parliament, ‘Soft’ EU rules for AI?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Content publishers are in a situation of absolute economic dependence on Apple for the distribution of their content on...
The European Parliament is to test a biometric attendance register for MEPs taking part in meetings at its Brussels premises, internal documents seen by EURACTIV reveal learned.
Digital 09-10-2020

EXCLUSIVE: Parliament documents reveal new biometric attendance system

The European Parliament is to test a biometric attendance register for MEPs taking part in meetings at its Brussels premises, internal documents seen by EURACTIV reveal learned. The move has provoked worry among privacy-conscious members of Parliament, who oppose the move to capture MEP fingerprint data. 
A conglomerate of 14 EU nations have set out their position on the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence, pressing the European Commission to adopt a 'soft law approach.'
Digital 08-10-2020

EU nations call for ‘soft law solutions’ in future Artificial Intelligence regulation

Fourteen EU countries have set out their position on the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence, urging the European Commission to adopt a "soft law approach".
A conglomeration of French and European publishers' organisations, led by the Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale (APIG) - the organization that had been negotiating with Google - has written to Apple's Tim Cook, highlighting their concerns over the company's terms of service in the App store.
Digital 08-10-2020

After Google copyright win, French publishers set sights on Apple

After having successfully struck a deal with Google, French publishing groups have now set their sights on fighting for better terms with another one of the Big Tech giants: Apple.
The European Commission is looking for further assurances from US video conferencing platform Zoom regarding the security of its technology
Data protection 07-10-2020

Commission presses Zoom for security assurances but continues to use platform

The European Commission is looking for further assurances from US video conferencing platform Zoom regarding the security of its technology, after concerns emerged earlier this year over the company's privacy protocols.
Data protection 07-10-2020

Mass surveillance permitted only for national security concerns, EU court says

EU countries are permitted to carry out the indiscriminate transmission and retention of communications data only when there is a 'serious threat to national security', the bloc's highest court ruled on Tuesday (6 October).
Future EU 06-10-2020

The Brief, powered by CEN-CENELEC – Against a Christian Europe

Tomorrow, the European Parliament is set to back Mairead McGuinness as Ireland’s new Commissioner responsible for financial services. However, during her hearing in the Economy Committee last week, MEPs failed to press the Parliament’s vice-president on perhaps the one thing...
The EU agency for law enforcement has recognized the increasing difficulty of police authorities in Europe to access data stored on encrypted networks, as the EU itself attempts to find legal solutions that will facilitate police access to protected communications.
Digital 06-10-2020

Europol charts ‘value of accessing data’ in encrypted cybercrime 

The EU agency for law enforcement has recognized the increasing difficulty of police authorities in Europe to access data stored on encrypted networks, as the EU itself attempts to find legal solutions that will facilitate police access to protected communications.
Digital 02-10-2020

Digital Brief: EU e-ID, DSA latest, Artificial Intelligence reports

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
EU member states which have not assigned 5G spectrum frequencies by the end of 2020 would be in breach of EU law and as a result, could face legal action from the Commission, the EU executive has warned.
5G 01-10-2020

Member states risk ‘breaching EU law’ in 5G delays

EU countries which have not assigned 5G spectrum frequencies by the end of 2020 will be in breach of EU law and could face legal action from the Commission, the EU executive has warned.
Digital 01-10-2020

Health crisis pushes EU into era of digital education 

The European Commission has laid out plans to boost the education of citizens in digital skills across the bloc, as part of a drive that it hopes will aid Europe's long-term economic stability while the continent rebounds from the after-effects of the coronavirus crisis.
The US administration has welcomed reports that Germany is set to take a tougher stance against the Chinese telecommunication's giant Huawei, saying that they would welcome the country into the US's 5G so-called 'clean network' program.
Digital 30-09-2020

US praises German moves to sideline Huawei from 5G networks

The US administration has welcomed reports that Germany is set to take a tougher stance against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, also noting that they would welcome the country into the US's so-called 5G 'clean network' program.
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