Samuel Stolton

The European Commission's Intellectual Property action plan will seek to promote the increased sharing of intellectual property-protected data, a draft of the strategy obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Digital 23-11-2020

Commission charts increased data sharing in leaked IP strategy

The European Commission's Intellectual Property action plan will seek to promote the increased sharing of intellectual property-protected data, a draft of the strategy obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
EU ambassadors want the European Commission to adopt more stringent measures to tackle 'manipulative dissemination techniques' of disinformation across the bloc as part of the executive's upcoming Democracy Action Plan, according to documents obtained by EURACTIV.
Digital 20-11-2020

LEAK: EU ambassadors want disinformation crackdown in Democracy Action Plan

EU ambassadors want the European Commission to adopt more stringent measures to tackle 'manipulative dissemination techniques' of disinformation across the bloc as part of the executive's upcoming Democracy Action Plan, according to documents obtained by EURACTIV.
Digital 20-11-2020

Digital Brief, powered by Google: New EU cyber hub, deepfake screening, antitrust failures

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “5G cybersecurity is the most relevant issue we need to face as a European Union.” – Spain’s secretary of...
EU law enforcement authorities should make 'significant investments' into developing new screening technologies that could help to detect the malicious use of Deepfakes, a new report from the bloc's police agency Europol recommends.
Digital 20-11-2020

EU police recommend new online ‘screening tech’ to catch deepfakes

EU law enforcement authorities should make 'significant investments' into developing new screening technologies that could help to detect the malicious use of deepfakes, a new report from the bloc's police agency Europol recommends.
Spain has begun jockeying for its candidacy to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC), noting that the country's track record in 5G is one reason why it should be considered a frontrunner.
Cybersecurity 19-11-2020

5G security a priority in our EU cyber centre bid, Spain says

Spain has begun jockeying for its candidacy to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC), noting that the country’s track record in 5G and connectivity as reasons why it should be considered a frontrunner. A...
EU auditors have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust fines dished out by the European Commission, as part of a landmark audit of the EU executive's role as an enforcer of competition rules.
Digital 19-11-2020

Commission has never evaluated ‘deterrence effect’ of antitrust fines, auditors say

EU auditors have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust fines dished out by the European Commission, as part of a landmark audit of the EU executive's role as an enforcer of competition rules.
Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki has been attempting to make the case for his country to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Center (ECCC), in a letter sent to EU leaders seen by EURACTIV.
Cybersecurity 18-11-2020

Poland makes case for new EU cyber centre seat

Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki has been attempting to make the case for his country to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Center (ECCC), in a letter sent to EU leaders seen by EURACTIV. In 2018, the...
The European Commission has expressed concern that EU nations may fail to meet 'legally-binding' deadlines in the assignment of 5G frequency bands, further postponing the bloc's development of next-generation telecommunications networks.
Digital 18-11-2020

Commission ‘disappointed’ with 5G delays in Europe; reminds nations of ‘legal obligation’

The European Commission has expressed concern that EU nations may fail to meet 'legally-binding' deadlines in the assignment of 5G frequency bands, further postponing the bloc's development of next-generation telecommunications networks.
Digital 13-11-2020

Digital Brief, powered by Google: Schrems 2 data guidance, Copyright, 5G in the EU

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The data importer should…notify the data exporter and the data subject if it receives a legally binding request by...
The European Commission has outlined a series of ambitious commitments to bolster the uptake of next-generation skills in Europe, in a bid to assist in wider EU goals as part of the digital and green transitions.
Digital 12-11-2020

Commission launches Pact for Skills to aid green and digital ambitions

The European Commission has outlined a series of ambitious commitments to bolster the uptake of next-generation skills in Europe, in a bid to assist in wider EU goals of the continent's digital and green transitions.
Amazon has violated EU antitrust rules in its use of non-public merchant data, substantiating the platform's dominance in the eCommerce market and marginalizing third-party sellers, the European Commission's Vice President for Digital Margrethe Vestager has said.
Digital 10-11-2020

Vestager: Amazon has illegally abused market position with Big Data tactics

Amazon has violated EU antitrust rules in its use of non-public merchant data, cementing the platform's dominance in the eCommerce market and marginalizing third-party sellers, the European Commission's Vice President for Digital, Margrethe Vestager, has said.
Negotiators from the European Council and the Parliament have signed off on new export rules that restrict the sale of cyber-surveillance goods to worldwide regimes engaging in the repression of human rights.
Digital 10-11-2020

EU to restrict sale of cyber-surveillance goods to repressive regimes

Negotiators from the European Council and the Parliament have signed off on new export rules that restrict the sale of cyber-surveillance goods to worldwide regimes engaging in the repression of human rights. However, the text of the regulation on so-called...
As a means to tackle the negative side effects of the online short term rentals market, governments should be allowed better access to data from platforms such as Airbnb as part of the EU's Digital Services Act, the Netherland's Deputy Prime Minister Kajsa Ollongren has said.
Digital 09-11-2020

Dutch Deputy Prime Minister calls for Digital Services Act regulation against AirBnB

As a means to tackle the negative side effects of the online short term rentals market, governments should be allowed better access to data from platforms such as Airbnb as part of the EU's Digital Services Act, the Netherland's Deputy Prime Minister Kajsa Ollongren has said.
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Digital 06-11-2020

Digital Brief, powered by Google: US Election Special

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “America is more than a one-man show.” – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.    Story of the week: The...
The German Presidency is seeking to permit the processing of metadata in online communications for 'monitoring epidemics' or to help in 'natural or man-made disasters,' a leaked text on the ePrivacy regulation, obtained by EURACTIV, states.
Digital 05-11-2020

German Presidency charts new COVID19 ‘metadata’ rules in leaked ePrivacy text

The German EU Council presidency is seeking to permit the processing of metadata in online communications for 'monitoring epidemics' or to help in 'natural or man-made disasters,' according to a leaked text on the ePrivacy regulation obtained by EURACTIV.
Connected devices in use across the EU should be subject to new cybersecurity standards throughout a product's "entire life cycle," draft Council Conclusions on the subject obtained by EURACTIV say.
Cybersecurity 05-11-2020

German EU presidency pushes for cybersecurity ‘by design’ in connected devices

Laptops, smart phones and other connected devices in Europe should be subject to new cybersecurity standards throughout the "entire life cycle" of products, according to draft EU Council conclusions on the subject, obtained by EURACTIV.
The European Commission will introduce fines and sanctions for platforms that repeatedly violate new obligations on managing illegal content online as part of the forthcoming Digital Services Act, an EU executive official close to the matter has informed EURACTIV.
Digital 04-11-2020

EU Commission to introduce sanctions regime for illegal content in Digital Services Act

The European Commission will introduce fines and sanctions for platforms that repeatedly violate new obligations on managing illegal content online as part of the forthcoming Digital Services Act, an EU executive official close to the matter has informed EURACTIV.
Digital 30-10-2020

Digital Brief, powered by Google: Big Tech Breakup, Finland data breach, data governance leak

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “I’m very reluctant to start with the ‘sharpest sword’ with the breakup or structural division of companies.” – Armin...
In the establishment of EU common data spaces as part of the bloc's forthcoming data strategy, providers of new data sharing services must both be established in the EU and should avoid 'conflicts of interest' in collecting new troves of data, a copy of the Commission's Data Governance Act obtained by EURACTIV, reveals.
Digital 30-10-2020

Data sharing services must be ‘established in the EU,’ leaked regulation reveals

In the establishment of EU common data spaces as part of the bloc's forthcoming data strategy, providers of new data sharing services must both be established in the EU and should avoid 'conflicts of interest' in collecting new troves of data, a copy of the Commission's Data Governance Act, obtained by EURACTIV, reveals.
Germany has given an insight into its forthcoming approach for regulating the platform economy as part of the EU's Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act, two landmark packages set to be unveiled by the European Commission on December 2.
Digital 30-10-2020

Germany weighs in on EU’s bid to regulate digital giants

Germany has given an insight into its forthcoming approach for regulating the platform economy as part of the EU's Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act, two landmark packages set to be unveiled by the European Commission on 2 December.
The EU's data protection watchdog has warned the bloc's institutions that they should refrain from embarking on new activities that involve transferring personal data to the US, in the wake of a decision from the European Court of Justice earlier this year.
Digital 29-10-2020

EU data watchdog ‘strongly encourages’ institutions to avoid US data transfers

The EU's data protection watchdog has warned the bloc's institutions that they should refrain from embarking on new activities that involve transferring personal data to the US, in the wake of a decision from the European Court of Justice earlier this year.
The forthcoming Portuguese EU Presidency will put forward a 'Charter of Digital Rights' as part of its leadership of the European Council in the first half of 2021, a government official from the country has informed EURACTIV.
Digital 28-10-2020

Portugal EU presidency to present ‘Charter of Digital Rights’

The forthcoming Portuguese EU presidency will put forward a 'Charter of Digital Rights' as part of its leadership of the European Council in the first half of 2021, a government official from the country has informed EURACTIV.
The European Parliament's coronavirus test management website is overrun with user tracking requests, some of which are attempting to siphon data to US-based firms at a time in which the future of transatlantic data flows is far from clear.
Digital 28-10-2020

EP’s COVID website overrun with US web trackers, MEP raises data concerns

The European Parliament's coronavirus test management website is overrun with user tracking requests, some of which are attempting to siphon data to US-based firms at a time in which the future of transatlantic data flows is far from clear.
The EU has the power to execute a potential breakup of global Big Tech giants, but it is not currently the "right thing to do," the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager has said. Vestager's position puts her at odds with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, with reports surfacing that the Frenchman would like to keep the option of 'structural separations'  of the Big Tech giants on the table.
Digital 27-10-2020

Vestager distances Commission from option of ‘Big Tech Breakups’

The EU has the power to execute a potential breakup of global Big Tech giants, but it is not currently the "right thing to do," the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager, has said.
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