Digital

19-02-2020

Google users in UK to lose EU data protection – sources

Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.
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19-02-2020

Digital Services Act – the opportunity for Europe to lead in the platform economy

The European institutions are gearing up for the revision of the eCommerce Directive. We must aim for a legitimate digital economy framework that encourages all actors to play fairly and to comply with EU standards, to protect consumers and safeguard trust in the digital environment.
19-02-2020

Digital Agenda – speaking with Ismail Ertug, S&D

Ertug’s Social Contract for the Digital Age “We need a new Social Contract for the digital age” says Ismail Ertug, Vice President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, in charge of the group’s Digital Agenda. Speaking with EURACTIV’s...
19-02-2020

Spain delays collection of ‘Google tax’ amid US pressure

The Spanish Council of Ministers approved on Tuesday (18 February) a national digital services tax known as the "Google tax", as well as financial transactions tax, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reported.
17-02-2020

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, Breton says

Europe may have lost the battle to create digital champions capable of taking on US and Chinese companies harvesting personal data, but it can win the war of industrial data, Europe's industry policy chief said on Saturday (15 February).
17-02-2020

Vestager: Facial recognition tech breaches EU data protection rules

The European Commission will take some time before deciding on how to legislate facial recognition remotely, but will not prevent national initiatives from moving ahead on their own, Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager has said.
17-02-2020

The EU is ignoring AI’s effect on the climate crisis

The relationship between climate change and Artificial Intelligence is one of the biggest blindspots in the European Commission ‘leaked’ white paper on AI, writes Fieke Jansen.
15-02-2020

Facebook’s Zuckerberg backs regulation of harmful online content

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday (15 February) said harmful online content should be regulated, adding that his company should be subject to a regulatory framework that is different from those used for existing media and telecoms companies.
14-02-2020

LEAK: Commission outlines plan to create single EU data space by 2030

The EU wants to create by the end of the decade a genuine single market for data that corresponds to its economic power, prioritising nine "strategic sectors" including health, climate, agriculture and energy, and dedicating up to €6 billion to investment in data centres, according to the Commission’s data strategy seen by EURACTIV.com.
Europe's East 13-02-2020

Facebook says it dismantles Russian intelligence operation targeting Ukraine

Facebook on Wednesday (12 February) said it had suspended a network of accounts used by Russian military intelligence to seed false narratives online targeting Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe.
13-02-2020

Digital Brief: Clearview AI raises EU eyebrows

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission is aware of the press reports, we are following the dossier and remain in close contact with...
5G 13-02-2020

Huawei shouldn’t be getting its hopes up for German 5G expansion just yet

Although the CDU and CSU did not explicitly decide on the exclusion of Huawei, their position paper provided exclusion criteria that could nonetheless apply to the Chinese telecom giant. The ball is now in the court of the coalition partners, the Social Democratic Party (SPD). EURACTIV Germany reports.
13-02-2020

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona cancelled over coronavirus fears

The Mobile World Congress (MWC), the annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled on Wednesday (12 February) after a mass exodus by exhibitors due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak.
12-02-2020

UK broadcasting watchdog proposed as online harms regulator

The UK government has announced plans to grant the country's broadcasting authority, Ofcom, broad new powers in regulating the spread of harmful content across social media platforms.
12-02-2020

After Clearview AI scandal, Commission ‘in close contact’ with EU data authorities

The European Commission is in consultation with EU data protection authorities following the news that US technology firm Clearview AI has scraped more than three billion facial images from social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, without obtaining the permission of users.
12-02-2020

Google vs EU: a decade-long saga goes to court

Google and the EU have a big day in court Wednesday (12 February) as the search engine giant enters a new phase of a legal saga that began a decade ago.
5G 12-02-2020

German Conservatives vote ‘in unison’ against excluding Huawei from 5G network

After months of discussion, the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) voted against excluding Huawei from Germany's 5G network. Yet, strict criteria to minimise security risks will be imposed, EURACTIV Germany reports.
12-02-2020

The digital union: is Big Brother friend or foe?

Europe's coming revolution in Artificial Intelligence and robotics technologies brings with it a series of new challenges that must be met head-on, writes MEP Ismail Ertug.
11-02-2020

GSMA to decide on Mobile World Congress cancellation, amid coronavirus concerns

GSMA, the global mobile network industry group, is set to make a decision on Friday (14 February) as to whether this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona will go ahead, amid concerns that the event may aggravate Europe's management of the deadly coronavirus.
11-02-2020

Google’s holiday rental service under fire as 40 rivals urge EU antitrust action

Alphabet unit Google faces the risk of more EU antitrust problems after 40 rivals on both sides of the Atlantic accused it of favouring its own vacation rental service on its search engine and urged European Union enforcers to take action.
5G 10-02-2020

China to France: Don’t discriminate against Huawei on 5G networks

The Chinese embassy in Paris on Sunday (9 February) urged the French government not to discriminate against Huawei as it selects suppliers for its 5G mobile network, saying it feared the company would face more constraints than rivals.
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07-02-2020

Google Online Safety Summit 2020

The Google.org Online Safety Summit took place in Brussels on Tuesday (4 February), showcasing Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety community organisations tackling hate, extremism and child safety online.
5G 07-02-2020

US should buy control of Nokia, Ericsson to fight Huawei, says attorney general

The United States and its allies should take controlling stakes in Nokia, Ericsson or both to battle Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's dominance of the 5G market, US Attorney general Bill Barr said Thursday (6 February).
Data protection 07-02-2020

Xiaomi president: ‘We invest substantial amounts to be fully compliant with GDPR’

Amid security concerns surrounding Chinese tech giant Huawei, its smaller telecoms rival Xiaomi has been attempting to distinguish itself by focusing on consumer products and non-critical infrastructure.

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