Samuel Stolton

Digital & Media 16-04-2021

Digital Vaccine Passports are coming

This week, we examine the Commission’s plans to introduce a Digital Green Certificate, the aim of which is to ensure the freedom of movement within the EU during the covid crisis.
Digital & Media 16-04-2021

Digital Brief: The state of EU media, AI plans, digital green passports

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.  A short personal message from me, before we start. This is my last edition of the Digital Brief for EURACTIV,...
On the occasion of EURACTIV's launch of its new 'Digital & Media' hub, Editor Samuel Stolton caught up with the Commission's Vice President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, to discuss the wide range of issues currently impacting the European media landscape. 
Digital & Media 16-04-2021

Jourová on the future for European media: Big Tech, Democracy, and Independence

On the occasion of EURACTIV's launch of its new 'Digital & Media' hub, Editor Samuel Stolton caught up with the Commission's Vice President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, to discuss the wide range of issues currently impacting the European media landscape. 
Digital & Media 14-04-2021

EU Commission ‘concerned’ about PKN Orlen media takeover, Jourová says

Polish state-owned oil refiner PKN Orlen’s takeover of publisher Polska Press has raised concerns in the European Commission, its Vice-President Vera Jourová has told EURACTIV, adding to the concerns already raised by the opposition in Poland.
The EU Commission will seek to outlaw Artificial Intelligence systems used for 'indiscriminate surveillance' operations as part of new prohibitions to be put forward next week.
Digital & Media 14-04-2021

Commission to ban ‘indiscriminate surveillance’ in leaked AI plans

The European Commission will seek to outlaw Artificial Intelligence systems used for "indiscriminate surveillance" operations as part of new prohibitions to be put forward next week.
Renew MEPs have submitted a request to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee to hold off on adopting a motion on the UK's adequacy for EU personal data transfers until the EU's data protection watchdog has weighed in on the plans.   
Data protection 13-04-2021

MEPs seek extension on response to Commission’s UK data adequacy agreement

EU lawmakers from the Renew group have submitted a request to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee to hold off on adopting a position on the UK's adequacy for EU personal data transfers until the EU's data protection watchdog has weighed in on the plans.
Digital & Media 09-04-2021

The 533 million

This week, we take the examine the recent Facebook data breach that has reportedly impacted 533 million users worldwide.
Digital & Media 09-04-2021

Digital Brief, powered by Facebook: The 533 million, TikTok data concerns, vaccine passports

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Because the scraping took place prior to GDPR, Facebook chose not to notify this as a personal data breach...
EU regulators have been urged to 'intervene immediately' into the operation of video-sharing app TikTok, following the trend of 'Blackout Challenges' across social media, which have led to a series of deaths among young people.
Data protection 07-04-2021

EU regulators urged to ‘intervene immediately’ into suicide games on TikTok

EU regulators have been urged to 'intervene immediately' into the operation of video-sharing app TikTok, following the trend of 'Blackout Challenges' across social media, which have led to a series of deaths among young people.
Facebook has told the Irish Data Protection Commission that a breach involving the personal information of 533 million users worldwide took place prior to the entry into force of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, and therefore the company 'chose not to notify' the violation to the authorities.
Data protection 06-04-2021

Facebook to Irish data body: 533 million user breach took place before GDPR

Facebook has told the Irish Data Protection Commission that a breach involving the personal information of 533 million users worldwide took place prior to the entry into force of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation in 2018, and the company...
The EU's institutional data protection watchdog has 'critical concerns' with European Parliament plans to install a biometric register that will allow MEPs to collect their daily allowance and sign in for hearings on the Brussels premises, it has transpired.
Digital & Media 31-03-2021

EU data watchdog has ‘critical concerns’ with Parliament’s biometric register

The European Union's institutional data protection watchdog has voiced 'critical concerns' about the European Parliament's plans to install a biometric register that will allow EU lawmakers to collect their daily allowance and sign in for hearings on the Brussels premises.
A contingent of EU nations has locked horns with the European Commission over plans to exclude third-countries from involvement in quantum and space research projects, in a move that could see the UK's involvement significantly downgraded due to concerns over intellectual property.
Digital & Media 31-03-2021

EU nations scold Commission on plans to exclude UK from research groups

A contingent of EU nations has locked horns with the European Commission over plans to exclude third-countries from involvement in quantum and space research projects, in a move that could see the UK's involvement significantly downgraded due to concerns over intellectual property.
The European Commission may "have to go further" on introducing more robust rules for Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies that pose a risk to fundamental rights, a letter written by President von der Leyen to MEPs, obtained by EURACTIV, states.
Digital & Media 30-03-2021

Von der Leyen assures MEPs: We’ll ‘go further’ on AI that harms fundamental rights  

The European Commission may "have to go further" on introducing more robust rules for Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies that pose a risk to fundamental rights, a letter written by President von der Leyen to MEPs, obtained by EURACTIV, states.
Facebook has told Irish lawmakers that proposed new rules in the country to regulate online political advertising should be held off until the European Commission presents its own legislation in the field.
Digital & Media 30-03-2021

Facebook urges Ireland to hold off on political ads rules until EU legislation

Facebook has told Irish lawmakers that proposed new rules in the country to regulate online political advertising should be held off until the European Commission presents its own legislation in the field.
A contingent of 40 pan-European tech companies has penned a letter to MEPs, calling for members to support bolstered interoperability requirements in the Digital Markets Act.
Digital & Media 30-03-2021

EU SMEs in bid for greater interoperability in Digital Markets Act

Forty pan-European tech companies have penned a letter to MEPs calling for support for bolstered interoperability requirements in the Digital Markets Act (DMA) while stressing the importance of keeping the rules aligned to developments in the area across EU nations.
Digital & Media 26-03-2021

What next for Section 230?

This week, we take a look at the latest hearing of Big Tech's Zuckerberg, Pichai, and Dorsey in Thursday's Energy and Commerce committee session
Digital & Media 26-03-2021

Digital Brief, powered by Facebook: Europol’s decryption platform, Bundeskartellamt Vs Facebook, Section 230

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Irish data protection authority generally closes most cases with a settlement instead of a sanction.” – European Parliament...
MEPs have said that a 'lack of political will and resources' has resulted in a laggard approach to enforcement of the EU's general data protection regulation (GDPR), criticizing, in particular, the lack of sanctions dished out by the Irish data protection authority.
Data protection 26-03-2021

MEPs rue lack of GDPR sanctions issued by Irish data authority

MEPs have said that "a lack of political will and resources" had resulted in a laggard approach to enforcement of the EU's general data protection regulation (GDPR), singling out in particular the lack of sanctions dished out by the Irish data protection authority.
The European Court of Justice has been asked to clarify whether Germany's competition authority can order Facebook to put a halt to its data collection practices, due to concerns over alleged abuse of its dominant position and violations of EU data protection law.  
Data protection 24-03-2021

German legal dispute over Facebook data use sent to European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has been asked to clarify whether Germany's competition authority was right to order Facebook to halt its data collection practices, due to concerns over alleged abuse of its dominant market position and violations of EU data protection law.
The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol's new 'decryption platform' will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will have closely-guarded access rights over the data retrieved as part of the operation of the technology.
Data protection 24-03-2021

Commission seeks to calm fears over Europol’s decryption platform

The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol's new decryption platform will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will maintain closely guarded access rights over the data retrieved.
The European Commission will stay on track with plans to present a 'digital tax' by June this year, despite recent progress at the level of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Commission's Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (23 March). 
Digital & Media 24-03-2021

Commission on track for digital levy proposal by June

The European Commission is on track with plans to present a digital tax by June despite recent progress at the level of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Commission's Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager has said.
The Portuguese Presidency of the EU has rebutted claims from the Commission's Executive Vice-President for Digital, Margarethe Vestager, that the country's prosed text for the ePrivacy regulation poses a risk to EU data protection standards as outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Digital & Media 23-03-2021

Portuguese Presidency rebuts Vestager’s concerns about ePrivacy proposal

The Portuguese Presidency of the EU has rebutted claims from the Commission's Executive Vice-President for Digital, Margarethe Vestager, that the country's prosed text for the ePrivacy regulation poses a risk to EU data protection standards as outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Digital & Media 19-03-2021

The Digital Decade

This week, we take a look into the thinking behind the Commission's recently published plans for their so-called 'Digital Decade' targets
Digital & Media 19-03-2021

Digital Brief: Digital Green Pass, Irish DPC spat, EUCO data spaces

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “It is not ensured that the digital variant of the certificate is stored decentrally on devices of the person...