Digital Single Market

Digital 22-08-2018

Chancellor Merkel’s digital gurus

In Germany, a ten-member committee takes up its work to speed up the country's digitization efforts and ask uncomfortable questions. EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.
Competition 17-07-2018

EU to slam Google with record fine ahead of Juncker US visit

Google is set to face a record-busting EU antitrust fine this week over its Android mobile operating system but rivals hoping that an order to halt unfair business practices will help them may be disappointed.
Cybersecurity 10-07-2018

Plan for EU cybersecurity certification receives Parliament approval

A legal proposal to overhaul the EU’s cybersecurity rules passed a major hurdle on Tuesday (10 July) as the European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) approved a plan to create a voluntary system for certifying the security level of technology products.
Digital 05-07-2018

Dramatic Parliament vote triggers upheaval of divisive copyright bill

A thin majority of MEPs blocked a controversial copyright bill from moving on to the next phase of negotiations in a dramatic vote on Thursday (5 July) that followed weeks of intense lobbying from tech companies, publishers, musicians and internet rights campaigners.
Data protection 03-07-2018

Seek new data deal with EU immediately, MPs tell May

The UK government should immediately open talks to secure a Data Adequacy Decision from the European Commission, MPs said in a new report published on Tuesday (2 July).
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.