Samuel Stolton

Digital 12-12-2019

Digital Brief: Crimes against journalism

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate.” -Daphne Caruana Galizia’s final remarks on her Running...
5G 12-12-2019

MEP: Commission ‘irresponsible’ on 5G health risks

The European Commission is “irresponsible” in not addressing the health risks associated with the future rollout of next-generation mobile network, Bulgarian MEP Ivo Hristov has said.
Data protection 09-12-2019

UK patient health data traded to US firms  

Health data belonging to millions of UK National Health Service (NHS) patients has been sold under license to US companies and global pharmaceutical firms, in a move that is likely to inflame tensions between the UK government and privacy campaigners in the run up to the December 12 election.
Digital 05-12-2019

Digital Brief: Mastering Innovation

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We don’t want to be dependent on imports of crucial technologies.”  – Lucilla Sioli, Director of Artificial Intelligence and...
5G 04-12-2019

We welcome Chinese investment, Greece’s digital minister says

The Greek government is open to the idea of further Chinese investment into a range of public and private sectors, including in the field of telecommunications, the country's digital minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, told EURACTIV on Tuesday (3 December).
Digital 03-12-2019

The Capitals Special: Europe’s 5G dilemma

EU ministers adopted conclusions on Tuesday concerning the importance and security of 5G technology, which stress that an approach to 5G cybersecurity should be comprehensive and risk-based, while also taking into account ‘non-technical factors’.
Data protection 03-12-2019

Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal

The European Commission will present a revised ePrivacy proposal as part of the forthcoming Croatian Presidency of the EU, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton announced on Tuesday (3 December), after previous talks failed to produce an agreement among member states.
Digital 03-12-2019

Facebook renews calls for EU regulation in ‘fight for the soul of the internet’

An ideological 'fight' is tacking place worldwide between those who want to restrict open access to the internet and those who want to maintain a free and open web within necessary regulatory frameworks, Facebook's VP for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, has said.
Digital 21-11-2019

Digital Brief: Tech Biopower

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “There can be an issue of biopower when you have a relationship where there is indeed a giant that...
Defence policy 20-11-2019

Amid NATO tensions, Estonian President highlights Russia risk

NATO should be ready to defend Estonia should the country face risks emanating from its neighbour Russia, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has told EURACTIV. Her comments came following French President Macron's recent claim that the alliance is 'brain dead.'
copyright 20-11-2019

Vestager takes aim at ‘biopower’ of tech giants 

Global tech giants have been sowing the seeds of an economy predicated on 'biopower', amid the EU's attempts to rein in their dominance, the bloc's Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Digital 14-11-2019

Digital Brief: Macron’s audition

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We have never seen the CEO of a company directly become an EU Commissioner working in the same area...
14-11-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Thierry Breton

The European Parliament is grilling the proposed members of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission in a second series of hearings on Thursday (14 November), after the regular hearings between 30 September and 8 October. France’s European Commissioner-designate Thierry Breton will...
Digital 14-11-2019

Breton’s bid to shake the Atos shadow

France's European Commissioner-designate Thierry Breton will appear before members of the European Parliament this afternoon, in an attempt to assuage concerns over alleged conflicts of interest in his previous leadership of the global IT firm, Atos.
Cybersecurity 13-11-2019

‘Suspicious’ cyber attacks hit UK Labour’s election campaign

The UK's opposition Labour Party have been subject to several "sophisticated and large-scale" cyber-attacks across its digital platforms emanating from an unknown source, the party have revealed. The news comes as UK political groups jockey for influence in the run-up to the general election on December 12.
EU-China 12-11-2019

Europe can be ‘power broker’ between US and China, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that Europe can be a "power broker" between the United States and China, as the two countries continue to quarrel over the details of a future deal aimed to end the current trade impasse.
Digital 07-11-2019

Digital Brief: EU institution data concerns

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “EU institution staff are not aware of all the data which is collected by Microsoft.” – Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Acting...
Data protection 07-11-2019

EU institution staff ‘unaware’ of Microsoft data misuse, EU data chief says

Members of staff working across the EU institutions are “not aware” of the extent to which the US tech firm Microsoft collects and stores their data as part of the use of their products and services, the EU’s data protection watchdog has told EURACTIV.
Data protection 06-11-2019

UK fears stoked over data harvesting ahead of general election

UK political parties have been warned by the country's data protection watchdog that they must comply with relevant laws concerning the storing and safeguarding of data in the run up to the country's general election on December 12.
5G 05-11-2019

Huawei’s billion-euro pitch to Vestager

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has released 2018 figures showing its presence in Europe provided a €12.8 billion stimulus to the EU's economy, backing the company's claim that it has become an essential element of Europe's digital ecosystem.
Digital 31-10-2019

Digital Brief: Twitter’s Political Backlash

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought.” – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Wednesday 30 October.  ...
Digital 29-10-2019

EU mulls disinformation regulation but admits alert system has ‘never been triggered’

The case for the EU regulation of online disinformation "will be evaluated" in the coming months ahead of a decision in early 2020, a Commission official revealed on Tuesday (29 October). At the same time, the EU's executive conceded that its disinformation alert system has never been triggered.
Digital 24-10-2019

Digital Brief: The Brexit Edition

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.   “This is the first time ever a nascent industry has been pulled out of the only legal framework it...
Data protection 23-10-2019

EU seeks ‘concrete’ improvements to Privacy Shield, as advocacy group calls the accord a ‘big mistake’

The European Commission has called for a number of 'concrete steps' to be made in order to improve the EU's data transfer accord with the US, the Privacy Shield. Meanwhile, the data protection group Access Now has come out in criticism of the agreement and called for it to be suspended.

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