Samuel Stolton

Digital 22-01-2021

Digital Brief, powered by Facebook: AI in EU, US tech rundown, Digital Euro plans

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We cannot rely on the decisions made by algorithms.” – Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights....
European Parliament services are coming under pressure from a group of MEPs working with the European Center for Digital Rights group (noyb), headed by privacy activist Max Schrems, over allegations that the institution's coronavirus test management website is siphoning data to US-based firms illegally.
Digital 22-01-2021

EU Parliament under fire over ‘illegal US data transfers’ from COVID website

European Parliament services are coming under pressure from a group of lawmakers working with privacy activist Max Schrems over allegations that the institution's coronavirus test management website is illegally siphoning data to US-based firms.
Dating apps and videoconferencing tools could come under the scope of new EU efforts to monitor online communications in a bid to stamp out child sexual abuse material, internal documents obtained by EURACTIV reveal.
Digital 21-01-2021

Dating apps and videoconferencing could be monitored in new EU data rules

Dating apps and videoconferencing tools could come under the scope of new EU efforts to monitor online communications in a bid to stamp out child sexual abuse material, internal documents obtained by EURACTIV reveal.
The European Commission is to work alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) in probing a range of 'policy, legal and technical' pitfalls that could emerge as part of plans to introduce a Digital Euro crypto-currency in mid-2021.
Digital 20-01-2021

Commission and ECB join forces on digital euro as privacy concerns emerge 

The European Commission is to work alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) in probing a range of 'policy, legal and technical' pitfalls that could emerge as part of plans to introduce a digital euro crypto-currency in mid-2021.
The practice of so-called 'shadow banning' is stifling freedom of expression online and may have to be addressed through regulatory measures, Hungary's Minister of Justice Judit Varga has said.
Digital 19-01-2021

Hungary raises concerns about ‘shadow banning’ of online speech

The practice of so-called 'shadow banning' is stifling freedom of expression online and may have to be addressed through regulatory measures, Hungary's Minister of Justice Judit Varga has said, accusing Facebook of inhibiting "Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions".
Digital 15-01-2021

Digital Brief: The fate of free expression, Copyright in Germany, DPAs given more teeth

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 no longer acceptable in our view that platforms take some key decisions by themselves alone without any...
MEPs have been urged to consider the 'significant risks' that next-generation Artificial Intelligence applications could entail, particularly with regards to discrimination, employment, and social exclusion.
Digital 15-01-2021

MEPs mull over ‘significant risks’ of Artificial Intelligence

MEPs have been urged to consider the 'significant risks' that next-generation Artificial Intelligence applications could entail, particularly with regards to discrimination, employment, and social exclusion.
It is 'no longer acceptable' for social media giants to take key decisions on content removals online, following the high profile withdrawal of President Trump's accounts on Facebook and Twitter, the European Commission has said.
Digital 12-01-2021

‘No longer acceptable’ for platforms to take key decisions alone, EU Commission says

It is "no longer acceptable" for social media giants to take key decisions on content removals online, following the high profile takedowns of US President Trump's accounts on Facebook and Twitter, the European Commission has said.
he Chair of Parliament’s Internal Market Committee spoke to EURACTIV recently about the EU's Digital Services Act.
Digital 11-01-2021

MEP Cavazzini: Social media response to US riots raises new questions for EU tech rules

Members of the European Parliament have a renewed duty to address the thorny issue of regulating social media content, in the wake of last week’s Capitol Hill riots, the chair of Parliament’s Internal Market committee has said.
The EU has become beset by delays to both 5G security protocols as well as the rollout of the technology itself.
5G 08-01-2021

EU nations divided on 5G security, auditors say

EU nations are 'progressing at different paces' in terms of security protocols introduced by the European Commission in order to ensure the safety of next-generation telecommunications networks, the European Court of Auditors has said.
Digital 06-01-2021

2021: A new European digital generation

Since the pandemic started last year, European citizens have had to radically realign their lives to the new reality. For the most part, this has meant rapidly migrating our personal and professional lives online. With this comes a broad range of policy measures aimed at reinforcing Europe’s connectivity and heightening cybersecurity standards across 2021.
EURACTIV can reveal that ahead of the end of the Brexit transition date, Leave.EU migrated its registrant address to a site in Waterford, in the Republic of Ireland.
Digital 06-01-2021

Thousands of EU domains registered to UK users ‘suspended’ after Brexit

Over 80,000 internet domain names assigned to UK registrants have been suspended by the EU registry, EURid, following the end of the Brexit transition period at the close of 2020.
Digital 18-12-2020

Digital Brief, powered by Google: DSA and DMA – member states respond

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    The Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act: An EU member state review   “We need to make rules...
Cybersecurity 16-12-2020

‘We are a prime target,’ Schinas says, as Commission strives to bolster cyber resilience

The EU has been identified as a "prime target" by malicious global cyber attackers and the bloc needs to reinforce its capabilities to defend itself amid this new threat landscape, the European Commission has said.
Online platforms giants will be forced to abide by a broad range of obligations as part of ambitious new plans laid out by the European Commission in its Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) on Tuesday (15 December).
Digital 16-12-2020

Commission vies to ‘put order into chaos’ with new digital crackdown

Online platform giants will be forced to abide by a broad range of obligations as part of ambitious new plans laid out by the European Commission in its Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) on Tuesday (15 December).
Digital 15-12-2020

Revealed: Commission ushers in new era of digital regulation

The European Commission will today (15 December) unveil a broad set of regulatory measures clamping down on global digital giants, as part of two landmark texts that will overhaul the operation of the platform economy in the EU.
Notary services from across the bloc have said that the EU should pay due attention as to which global actors have 'control and access' to key technologies used in judicial processes in the ongoing digitalization of the sector.
Digital 14-12-2020

EU notaries highlight concern over ‘control and access’ in judiciary digitalisation

Notary services from across the bloc have said that the EU should pay attention to which global actors have 'control and access' to key technologies used in judicial processes in the ongoing digitalisation of the sector.
Digital 11-12-2020

Digital Brief, powered by Facebook: Indian disinfo, French data fines, Romanian CyberSec

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 looking into legal options to resolve this issue.” – ECR MEP Angel Dzhambazki, who this week...
EU negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council signed off on new rules to police online terrorist content yesterday, in a move that will see pan-European removal orders issued from competent authorities of any EU member state.
Digital 11-12-2020

New cross-border online terrorist content rules sparks rights concerns

EU lawmakers from the European Parliament and the Council signed off on new rules to police online terrorist content Thursday (10 December), in a move that will see pan-European removal orders issued from competent authorities of any EU member state.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought the need for digitalization of justice to the forefront, says Salla Saastamoinen.
Digital 10-12-2020

Explained: The Commission’s plans to digitalise the judiciary

The COVID-19 crisis has brought the need for digitalisation of justice to the forefront, says Salla Saastamoinen, stressing that "concerted effort is urgently needed, both at the national and EU level, to accelerate the digital transformation process of the justice sector".
Researchers have unearthed a widespread, coordinated, and manipulative 15-year-long Indian disinformation operation in Brussels, with the creation of fake media organizations, the revival of defunct think-tanks, and even the fraudulent impersonation of dead people.
Digital 09-12-2020

MEPs duped by manipulative Indian disinformation network  

Researchers have unearthed a widespread, coordinated, and manipulative Indian disinformation operation in Brussels, with the creation of fake media organizations, the revival of defunct think-tanks, and even the fraudulent impersonation of dead people.
The scope of online platforms that will come under new regulatory prohibitions as part of the Commission's forthcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA) will be narrowly targeted to a set of 'big operators,' the EU executive has revealed.
Digital 09-12-2020

Blacklist prohibitions to be ‘very limited’ to large platforms, Commission says

The scope of online platforms that will come under new regulatory prohibitions as part of the  European Commission's forthcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA) will be narrowly targeted to a set of 'big operators,' the EU executive has revealed.
The EU's 5G strategy is to come under the scrutiny of European auditors, as the clock ticks down on end-of-the-year deadlines for member states to tie up frequency allocations for next-generation telecommunications networks.
5G 08-12-2020

Auditors to probe EU’s 5G network plans

The EU's 5G strategy is to come under the scrutiny of European auditors, as the clock ticks down on end-of-the-year deadlines for member states to embark on frequency allocations for next-generation telecommunications networks.
Digital 04-12-2020

Digital Brief, powered by Google: DSA/DMA, Twitter data decision, NIS directive

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Our services could be at risk if combining products is not allowed.” – Google’s Europe President, Matt Brittin.   ...
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