Samuel Stolton

Digital 31-07-2020

Digital Brief: GAFA hearing, Facebook Vs EU, Cyber sanctions

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
Digital 30-07-2020

Vestager calls for EU-US ‘common vision’ on platform competition policy

Worldwide jurisdictions and particularly the EU and the US should formulate "common visions" on how best to regulate competition in the platform economy, the Commission's digital chief Margrethe Vestager has said.
Digital 30-07-2020

Facebook accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics in US antitrust hearing 

Social media giant Facebook has come in for heavy criticism as part of a US congressional hearing into the dominance of online tech platforms, being accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics as part of its history in acquiring smaller...
Digital 28-07-2020

EU startup innovation can aid recovery, MEP says

Despite the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc across a range of sectors in the European single market, the bloc's economic recovery can be aided by making the most of new markets that will emerge in the startup ecosystem, says Eva Kaili.
Data protection 28-07-2020

Facebook takes EU antitrust regulators to court

US technology giant Facebook is suing EU regulators after a spat between the two parties erupted over access to company documents as part of an ongoing antitrust probe.
Digital 28-07-2020

Commission eyes US GAFA hearing for future competition challenges

The heads of US tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple are set to testify in a US congressional hearing on Wednesday (29 July) as part of an ongoing probe into the dominance of digital platforms. For the EU, the hearing could provide a valuable insight into how to address competition challenges in the digital economy.
Digital 27-07-2020

Commission still assessing 2016 complaint into Hungarian media state aid

An investigation into state aid for Hungary's media sector is still being investigated by the European Commission four years after the complaint was first submitted, the EU executive confirmed today (27 July).
Digital 24-07-2020

Commission to present mandatory rules for platforms to ‘detect, report, and remove’ online abuse

The European Commission will propose legislation later this year and in 2021 that will force online platforms to undertake measures to stop the spread of online child abuse, the EU's home affairs chief Ylva Johansson announced on Friday (24 July).
5G 24-07-2020

Commission presses member states to take action on high-risk 5G vendors

EU nations must make urgent progress on mitigating the risks to 5G telecommunications networks posed by certain high-risk suppliers, the European Commission said in a progress report published on Friday (24 July).
Digital 24-07-2020

Digital Brief: EU Digital cuts

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Europe’s digital ambitions cut by bickering member state leaders. Other continents will be delighted that Europe doesn’t strive to...
Digital 23-07-2020

‘Utmost importance’ for transparency rules on political ads, EU report says

It is of the 'utmost importance' for the EU to do more to reign in the unregulated environment of online political advertising by establishing more stringent transparency obligations, said a  European Commission-backed report on media plurality, published on Thursday (23 July).
Digital 23-07-2020

EU citizens raise concerns about online data misuse

More than one in two citizens of the European Union are concerned about the misuse of their online data by fraudsters and cybercriminals, a new EU study has found.
Economy & Jobs 22-07-2020

Parliament threatens to withhold consent on budget cuts, potentially delaying recovery plans

The European Parliament will adopt a critical stance against the European Council's recovery plans on Thursday (23 July), opposing cuts to EU-funded programmes in the bloc's long-term budget while also hitting out at the alleged 'weak' nature of rule of law conditionality.
Digital 17-07-2020

Digital Brief: Schrems II

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 clear that the US will have to seriously change their surveillance laws if US companies want to...
Digital 16-07-2020

Vestager launches investigation into internet of things

The European Commission has launched a broad antitrust inquiry into internet of things technologies such as voice assistants and connected mobile devices, the EU's competition chief Margrethe Vestager announced on Thursday.
Digital 16-07-2020

EU-US data transfers at critical risk as ECJ invalidates Privacy Shield

The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement that attempts to guarantee the secure transmission of EU data to the United States, has been declared invalid by the European Court of Justice, in a ruling that will provoke major disruption to transatlantic data flows.
Digital 16-07-2020

EU under tight schedule for ‘interoperable’ summer COVID apps

The European Commission is putting the final touches to its "interoperability gateway," a system that allows different contact tracing apps across member states to function with one another.
Digital 15-07-2020

Commission loses out in Apple-Ireland tax battle, announces tax abuse clampdown

US technology giant Apple did not unlawfully benefit from state aid as part of corporate tax rulings in Ireland, the general court of the EU said on Wednesday (15 July). The decision annuls the European Commission's bid to claim €13 billion back in unlawful tax advantages.
Digital 15-07-2020

Gabriel outlines key areas for EU digital education action plan

Developing digital competencies across the EU as well as promoting gender equality in the bloc's digital economy are two key areas that the European Commission will seek to foster as part of the forthcoming revamped Digital Education Action Plan, the EU's Innovation and Research Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has said.
5G 14-07-2020

Huawei banned from UK 5G network, pleads with Johnson to reconsider

The UK has excluded Huawei from its future 5G network infrastructure, the government announced on Tuesday (14 July). The Chinese telecommunications firm immediately urged Boris Johnson's administration to reconsider the decision, seen as a substantial setback for its business in Europe.
Digital 14-07-2020

Schrems charts US surveillance pushback after ECJ ruling

Silicon Valley should seek to further distance itself from a culture of surveillance established by US law, Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has said ahead of a key ruling on global data flows later this week.
Data protection 14-07-2020

Commission to ‘analyse necessity’ of GDPR infringement procedures 

The European Commission will consider the necessity of introducing infringement procedures against member states that fail to comply with the EU's general data protection regulation (GDPR), the Commission's Justice Chief Didier Reynders has warned.
Digital 10-07-2020

Commission expert group warns against ‘killer acquisitions’ in platform economy

The EU should consider imposing 'new obligations' on major platforms to report their merger and acquisition activities to the European Commission in order to avoid a culture of 'killer acquisitions,' a report produced for the EU executive has said.
Digital 09-07-2020

Digital Brief: Cancel Culture

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 now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions...
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