Digital Single Market

Data protection 20-06-2018

Negotiators reach quick agreement on law banning data localisation

EU negotiators sealed an agreement that will allow non-personal data to move freely across the bloc and ban national laws that require companies to store data within a country’s borders.
Digital 20-06-2018

Controversial copyright overhaul passes Parliament committee, still faces political fight

A sweeping, controversial copyright reform bill passed through the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on Wednesday (20 June), but the legislation could still be toppled during a make-or-break vote in the full chamber’s plenary session next month.

Commission urges EU countries to publicly blame states behind cyber attacks

EU countries have been encouraged to name and shame foreign states that sponsor cybersecurity attacks, in an unusually outspoken announcement from the European Commission.
Cybersecurity 13-06-2018

Parliament demands EU institutions ban Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity products

MEPs have called for the EU institutions to put more money into their in-house cybersecurity units and, in a contentious move, also demanded they stop using products from “malicious” Russian firm Kaspersky Lab.
Cybersecurity 07-06-2018

Cybersecurity agency hopes for 24/7 crisis response centre in Brussels

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA wants to open its first Brussels office by mid-2019 to manage major crises around the clock.
Digital 06-06-2018

EU caps price of international phone calls in landmark telecoms overhaul

Lawmakers agreed to cap the price of phone calls and SMS messages between EU countries and sealed a deal to encourage investment in fast internet networks during a late-night meeting on Wednesday (6 June).
Digital 01-06-2018

Germany only in the mid-range of digitalisation, EU index shows

As the European Commission pushes forward with digitalisation policies, its DESI-index is meant to measure how digital individual member states already are. Germany, however, is only in the midfield. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 31-05-2018

Industry groups amp up lobby campaign to topple ePrivacy bill

Dozens of industry associations have made a last-ditch effort to water down the draft ePrivacy legislation before national telecoms ministers gather to discuss the file next week in Luxembourg.
Cybersecurity 30-05-2018

National governments reach breakthrough deal on voluntary cybersecurity certification

Diplomats reached a compromise on new cybersecurity rules more quickly and with less controversy than many observers close to the file had expected.
Data protection 25-05-2018

Silicon Valley giants hit with first complaints on day one of GDPR

Big American technology companies were the first to be hit with complaints for how they handle users’ personal information under the new EU data protection regulation known as GDPR.
Data protection 25-05-2018

GDPR: EU’s new data protection rules come into effect

The European Union's new data protection laws came into effect on Friday (25 May), with Brussels saying the changes will protect consumers from being like "people naked in an aquarium".
Data protection 22-05-2018

Zuckerberg’s Parliament meeting ‘the right thing’, says EU justice chief

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s meeting on Tuesday afternoon (22 May) with European Parliament leaders is “the right thing for himself” after the company’s recent data collection scandal, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said in an interview.
Data protection 15-05-2018

Commission demands EU leaders approve deadlocked ePrivacy bill

The European Commission is amping up pressure on EU leaders to approve a controversial privacy bill, deadlocked in legal talks for more than a year, after the data breach scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
Cybersecurity 09-05-2018

First EU cybersecurity law takes effect—with new fines for misbehaving companies

The first EU cybersecurity law went into effect on Wednesday (9 March), as negotiators continue to hammer out details of a second bill that will create even more rules in the area.
Cybersecurity 04-05-2018

Commission expects EU countries to set ‘high fines’ under new cybersecurity law

European Commission officials who pushed through new cybersecurity legislation set to take effect next week are expecting EU countries to introduce high fines against companies that disobey the rules.
Digital 27-04-2018

Broadcasters face new levies to fund European films and TV

Broadcasters could be forced to pay into national funds to support European film and TV productions in any EU country, even if they’re based in a different member state, negotiators on an audiovisual media bill have agreed.
Digital 26-04-2018

Commission threatens to legislate on ‘fake news’ ahead of 2019 EU election

The European Commission has threatened to introduce legislation on so-called fake news by the end of the year as part of its strategy to clamp down on online disinformation before the 2019 EU elections.
Digital 26-04-2018

Online platforms under fire as EU pushes for transparency on search results

Online platforms ranging from ecommerce retailers like Amazon to search engines including Google will be forced to reveal the criteria they use to display search results, under a new European Commission proposal.
Digital 25-04-2018

Commission vows to spend €1.5 billion on artificial intelligence by 2020

The European Commission announced on Wednesday (25 April) that it will invest €1.5 billion into artificial intelligence research over the next three years, and was promptly hit with criticism for drafting its strategy years after the United States and China started their own massive funding plans.
Cybersecurity 25-04-2018

French cybersecurity chief warns against ‘step back into the past’

Draft EU legislation poses a threat to member states that already have sophisticated cybersecurity tests, like France and Germany, the director of France’s cybersecurity agency warned in an interview.
Digital 20-04-2018

MEPs and Commission headed for showdown over international phone call rates in the EU

The European Parliament is holding its ground on its controversial proposal to lower the costs of international phone calls within the EU, one week before a make-or-break round of negotiations on a sweeping telecoms bill.
Data protection 19-04-2018

After Facebook scandal, MEPs argue the GDPR isn’t enough

The EU needs more legal safeguards to prevent massive privacy breaches like the current scandal over Facebook and British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, MEPs from different political parties argued on Wednesday (18 April).
Digital 10-04-2018

Twenty-four EU countries sign artificial intelligence pact in bid to compete with US and China

Twenty-four EU countries pledged to band together to form a “European approach” to artificial intelligence in a bid to compete with American and Asian tech giants.
#Media4EU 04-04-2018

RSF tackles fake news with media certification

The NGO Reporters Without Borders wants to create a reliable media certification to limit the spread of fake news. EURACTIV.fr reports.