Data protection

10-05-2019

Vestager calls for more access to data for smaller platforms

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager made a suggestion at the re:publica conference in Berlin: "Access to data has to be redesigned so that newcomers can compete with big tech giants".  In a discussion with EURACTIV, she also drew parallels with a recent complaint by Spotify and similar lawsuits. EURACTIV Germany reports.
5G 30-04-2019

US ‘undermining political independence of Europe,’ Huawei says

The US campaign against Chinese telecoms manufacturers is undermining the "political independence of Europe" to decide commercial partnerships for itself, Huawei has warned.
Cybersecurity 25-04-2019

UK cyber boss downplays threat of Five Eyes security rift over Huawei

The head of Britain’s cyber centre said governments in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance had not always been aligned over Huawei, downplaying any threat of a rift as the UK prepares to give the Chinese company access to 5G networks.
5G 16-04-2019

Belgian cybersecurity agency finds no threat from Huawei, as US increase pressure

Belgium’s centre for cybersecurity has found no evidence that telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei Technology could be used for spying. The news comes as US authorities renew their campaign in Europe against the Chinese telecoms giant. 
11-04-2019

Austria plans to force social media to identify users as bar to hate speech

Austria’s right-wing government plans to force large social and traditional media to verify their users’ identity so that individuals can be tracked down if they post hate speech online anonymously, it said on Wednesday. The measure, part of a bill...
Cybersecurity 08-04-2019

EU tests cyber resilience ahead of May elections

EU institutions have put their cyber systems to the test in a bid to assess the efficiency of responses to attacks against critical network infrastructure ahead of European elections in May.
05-04-2019

Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics

EU antitrust regulators should consider forcing tech giants such as Google and Amazon to share their data with rivals rather than break them up, three academics enlisted by the European Commission said on Thursday (4 April).
03-04-2019

‘Regulation will not solve Facebook’s problems,’ Commission says

Better regulation won't divert attention away from Facebook's shortfalls in other areas, European Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told EURACTIV.com, criticising Mark Zuckerberg's recent call for tighter regulatory frameworks on internet services.
Agrifood 28-03-2019

Digitalising agriculture: Opportunities and market control

With the new CAP, the EU Commission is set to foster innovation and digitalisation in agriculture. German companies are hoping for multi-billion euro deals, yet management and infrastructural issues stand in the way.
Cybersecurity 28-03-2019

UK identifies fresh Huawei risks to telecom networks

Britain has identified "significant" issues in Chinese giant Huawei's engineering processes that pose "new risks" for the nation's telecommunications, a government report found Thursday (March 28).
Agrifood 28-03-2019

Digital innovation also creates new risks for farmers

Although the European Commission and machine manufacturers sing the praises of digitalisation in agriculture, others point to the risk of creating new dependencies for farmers on multinationals. EURACTIV France reports.
5G 26-03-2019

Commission rolls out 5G recommendations, has ‘specific concerns’ about Huawei

The European Commission has laid out plans for a coordinated EU approach towards the next generation of mobile broadband networks, 5G, following concerns about China aired by member states during last week's European Council summit.
Cybersecurity 25-03-2019

Nokia in damage-control mode following Chinese data-leak probe

Nokia "mistakenly" sent customer data to China, the European telecoms giant has admitted, following the announcement of an investigation into the allegations by the Finnish data protection watchdog.
Cybersecurity 13-03-2019

Commission pursues ‘bilateral and multilateral cooperation’ with China as MEPs express deep concern

The European Commission has set out a series of concrete actions to "deepen its engagement with China to promote common interests," the bloc's top officials said on Tuesday (12 March). However, MEPs voiced concerns over "embedded backdoors" in Chinese tech that may put personal data in the EU at risk.
07-03-2019

Russian disinformation attempts to weaken ‘America’s commitment to Europe,’ US ambassador says

The Russian state is engaging in “subtle and insidious” disinformation campaigns that aim to “weaken America’s commitment to Europe” and “exploit the open market of ideas in our democracy,” the US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland has said.
Cybersecurity 05-03-2019

Global ‘lack of basic common understanding’ on cybersecurity, Huawei boss says

Governments and businesses worldwide “lack a basic common understanding” of cybersecurity issues, Huawei’s rotating chairman Ken Hu said at the opening of the company’s cybersecurity centre in Brussels on Tuesday (5 March), as he stressed the telco giant's commitment to watertight security standards.
Cybersecurity 05-03-2019

‘Concilliatory tone’ between EU and Huawei as teleco giant opens Brussels cybersecurity centre

High-level officials at the European Commission and the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei sought to build bridges on Monday (4 March), as Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip sat down with Huawei rotating chairman Ken Hu in an encounter described as "conciliatory" by a Huawei spokesperson.
Cybersecurity 27-02-2019

Chinese cybersecurity law is a ‘loaded weapon,’ senior US official says

China’s cybersecurity law allows the state to conduct foreign espionage projects, and its legislation is comparable to a “loaded gun” that the rest of the world should not want to stand in front of, a senior US official told EURACTIV on Wednesday (26 February). But Chinese officials were adamant that this was not the case.
Cybersecurity 20-02-2019

Microsoft detects cyberattacks on EU research groups

Microsoft has detected a range of coordinated cyberattacks against European think tanks and non-profit organizations which focus on issues related to "democracy, electoral integrity, and public policy" and have close connections with government officials.
19-02-2019

‘Digital gangsters’: UK parliament slams Facebook on data protection, disinformation

A UK Parliamentary report has singled out Facebook for failing to effectively protect user data and stem the spread of disinformation across its platform, saying that the tech giant "is unwilling to be accountable to regulators around the world."
EU Elections 2019 15-02-2019

Ahead of EU polls, Facebook voids accounts targeting Moldovan election

Facebook Inc said on Thursday (14 February) it had disrupted an attempt to influence voters in Moldova, increasing concerns that EU elections in May could be prey to malign activity.
14-02-2019

Brexit: ‘No special contingency measures‘ for data flows, EU says

"No special contingency measures for data flows" will be taken out in the case of a no-deal Brexit, according to documents released on Monday (11 February) .
08-02-2019

Germany to restrict Facebook’s data gathering activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent.
01-02-2019

Apple, Google and Facebook embroiled in new tech war

Apple shut down Google’s distribution of internal iOS apps on Thursday (31 January), following allegations that the search engine giant had violated Apple’s app distribution policy in wrongly collecting user data for internal research. The move came a day after Apple imposed similar restrictions on Facebook.

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