Digital Single Market

Data protection 19-09-2017

Commission to publish encryption report on 18 October

The European Commission is trying to pull together member states' differing views on security and privacy before it publishes a report on encryption technologies on 18 October.

Digital 19-09-2017

A call for innovation-friendly ePrivacy rules

The EU's draft ePrivacy regulation risks crippling innovative cloud computing services, writes Kim Gagné.

Data protection 19-09-2017

Jourova reassured ‘America first’ does not weigh on EU-US privacy shield

EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said she was relieved that US President Trump's “America first” policy will not shatter the EU-US privacy shield agreement on data transfers, after meeting with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday (18 September) to scrutinise the one-year-old deal.

Digital 18-09-2017

Silicon Valley giants want to smash standards and grab internet of things

An internet of things based on shared open standards is under threat from Silicon Valley. And EU policymakers could stop them, writes Francisco Mingorance.

Data protection 18-09-2017

Privacy Shield: A strong framework for transatlantic digital trade

The Privacy Shield agreement has already improved data protection and digital trade between the EU and the US in its first year, and that should continue, writes Victoria A. Espinel.

Economy & Jobs 16-09-2017

EU agrees to draft proposal to raise taxes on internet giants

A majority of member states agreed to start preparing a new levy on digital companies to compensate for low-tax regimes that cost billions of euros to European governments.

Cybersecurity 14-09-2017

Ansip: Member states will need help from EU cyber emergency fund

EU technology chief Andrus Ansip predicted that member states will ask for money from a planned European emergency fund if they suffer major hacking attacks, despite wariness over the EU stepping up its cyber security plans.

Cybersecurity 13-09-2017

Juncker announces massive cyber security overhaul

The European Commission will add funds and new powers for the EU cyber security agency and introduce a range of measures to limit threats from hackers, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced in his annual state of the union speech on Wednesday (13 September).

Economy & Jobs 13-09-2017

Estonia pushes fair taxation plan for web giants in Europe

A precondition for making online companies such as Amazon and Google pay taxes where they are due is to affirm the principle of "virtual permanent establishment", whereby digital firms pay taxes in countries where they have a "significant digital presence", said EU presidency holder Estonia.

Digital 13-09-2017

E-commerce platforms face new VAT liability rules

Online retailers such as Amazon could come under tighter scrutiny and be forced to collect VAT from companies whose items they sell, according to new changes that EU member states made to a draft bill.

Elections 07-09-2017

German parties clash over creating digital ministry after election

German political parties disagree over whether there should be a new federal ministry overseeing all digital policies after the 24 September election.

Cybersecurity 06-09-2017

Ansip vows to respect ‘sovereignty’ with new cyber security measures

One week before the European Commission is expected to present a slew of new cyber security proposals, Vice-President Andrus Ansip said that the new measures will not take away too much power from national authorities.

Digital 05-09-2017

MEPs want to lower prices for international phone calls

MEPs want to put a price cap on calls and text messages from one EU country to another, arguing those rates are outrageously high for many consumers.

Digital 30-08-2017

Gabriel to start EU expert group on fake news

New EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will set up an expert group this autumn on fake news as one of the first measures she is taking in the job.

Digital 25-08-2017

Member states reject Commission plan for 25-year spectrum licences

EU member states have rejected a European Commission proposal to extend licences for wireless radio spectrum to last at least 25 years—one of the cornerstones of the EU executive's new attempt to overhaul telecoms law.

Cybersecurity 25-08-2017

Greece wants more money, top role for EU cyber security agency

Greece wants the European Commission to give the Athens-based EU agency ENISA more money and the leading role in managing Europe's cyber security issues as part of a legal overhaul next month.

Digital 24-08-2017

Consumer group warns against e-commerce overhaul

A draft bill to give ecommerce shoppers the same rights across the EU is likely to face a drastic makeover from the European Parliament and national governments—and consumer advocates are worried.

Digital 18-08-2017

EU-funded digital health tool tested to help immigrants

EU-funded software to help immigrants access healthcare services in European countries was tested for the first time this summer in Spanish health centres.

Digital 08-08-2017

Member states ask for new EU data retention rules

Several EU member states want to include new rules allowing for data retention in a draft privacy bill.

Broadband 04-08-2017

Rural areas have bad internet access in most member states

Many rural parts of the EU have poor or no broadband internet, even as lawmakers in Brussels discuss new rules to speed up connectivity.

Cybersecurity 01-08-2017

EU agency asks Commission to ‘avoid fragmentation’ in new cyber security plans

The EU needs to step up its cooperation between civil and military cyber security authorities when member states are attacked by hackers, according to the EU cyber security agency ENISA.

Digital 31-07-2017

New EU digital Commissioner adds cabinet members

Less than one month after taking office, the newest EU Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel, has filled several spots in her cabinet.

Cybersecurity 28-07-2017

EU cybersecurity exercise focuses on ‘quasi-democratic’ country and anti-globalisation group

An EU exercise to test countries' ability to react to cybersecurity attacks will focus on threats from terrorist groups, “a quasi-democratic country” and anti-globalisation groups.

Cybersecurity 20-07-2017

Ansip plans new EU cybersecurity centre

EU digital chief Andrus Ansip wants to set up a new office to certify the cybersecurity level of technology products -- which would make them more competitive globally -- as part of an overhaul of the bloc's rules in September.