Digital

11-12-2018

Copyright could force us to pull out of EU, Google News boss says

A specific article in the controversial copyright directive may result in Google withdrawing their news aggregator service from the EU, EURACTIV has learnt. EU ministers are set to discuss the issue and reach an agreement on the file later this week.
Cybersecurity 11-12-2018

EU negotiators reach agreement on cybersecurity act

Representatives from the European Commission, Council and Parliament on Monday (10 December) evening banded together to strengthen the bloc's Cybersecurity efforts, reaching agreement on the EU's cybersecurity act.
10-12-2018

French ‘yellow vests’ caught up in social networks

As it enters its fourth week of protest, France’s ‘yellow vest’ movement continues to be active on Facebook. While the social network has allowed the movement to grow, Facebook is struggling to create a structure for the movement. EURACTIV France reports.
10-12-2018

An EU Copyright law for the 21st century film and TV industry

The EU Copyright Directive, which is currently being finalised by the Council and the European Parliament, must include a principle of fair and proportionate remuneration to be fit for the 21st century film and TV industry, writes Cécile Despringre.  
07-12-2018

Council makes half-hearted agreement on e-Evidence

Ministers from across the EU backed plans on Friday (7 December) that will allow law enforcement authorities to bypass EU member states when making judicial orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters abroad. Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Latvia, and the Czech Republic all voted down the plans. 
07-12-2018

How YouTube makes users lobby in-house against copyright directive

The #SaveYourInternet campaign is mobilising YouTubers against the European directive. But by defending a free Internet, the campaigners are, above all, protecting the platform’s profitability. EURACTIV France reports.  
EU-China 07-12-2018

Commission says Europe should be ‘worried’ about Huawei

Europe should be “worried” about Huawei and other Chinese companies, given the mandatory cooperation they have to maintain with Chinese intelligence services, European Commission Vice-President for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said on Friday (7 December).
07-12-2018

Ministers clamp down on online terrorist content despite wave of opposition

Ministers sitting on the EU Home Affairs Council adopted their negotiating position on the European Commission's proposed regulation against the spread of online terrorist content on Thursday (6 December), as those in the industry reacted with frustration to the plans.
07-12-2018

MEPs back fair-play rules for platforms and operating systems

MEPs backed rules to force online platforms to be more transparent and fair to business clients on Thursday (6 December), with some members voicing frustration at the fact that operating systems are to be included in the scope of the regulation.
Data protection 06-12-2018

Facebook gave data on user’s friends to certain companies – documents

Facebook Inc offered some companies, including Netflix and Airbnb, access to data about users’ friends it did not make available to most other apps in 2015, according to documents released by a British lawmaker who said the social media company dodged questions about privacy practices and market dominance.
06-12-2018

EU Commission takes aim at disinformation, admits funding deficit

A four-strong contingency of European Commissioners came out with fighting talk against fake news on Wednesday (5 December), as the EU's executive presented its action plan on disinformation. But the funding shortfall in this field somewhat dampened the spirit of the announcement.
06-12-2018

A double failure for France in creating European taxes

In the middle of the “yellow vest” crisis, France has failed to unblock tax proposals on financial and digital transactions. These two measures for fiscal justice had been advocated by Paris for a long time. EURACTIV France reports.
06-12-2018

Beyond fake news: Strategic options for media ahead of EU elections

The European Commission has just released a short-term action plan on disinformation. Remarkably, the sustainability of the media sector is hardly addressed, write a group of MEPs and media industry experts.
Data protection 05-12-2018

E-Evidence: A threat to people’s fundamental rights?

EU justice ministers are set to approve a regulation this Friday (7 December) that will require EU-based tech companies to turn over electronic evidence within hours of a court order. The regulation, however, could pose a threat to people’s fundamental rights.

Finance for climate action is rising, but still a long way to go

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According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15), an additional 1.5% in global investment is needed to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Yet, if already...
04-12-2018

France and Germany backtrack on digital tax scope

France and Germany presented on Tuesday (4 December) revised plans for the EU's proposed digital tax reforms under which large firms would pay a levy only on advertising sales and not on total revenues, representing a significant reduction of the Commission's original scope.
Cybersecurity 04-12-2018

The security of European citizens: What role for e-evidence?

Nowadays, the success of criminal investigations is increasingly reliant on the ability of law enforcement to obtain electronic evidence. This shift to the digital space is posing complex challenges due to the international character and lack of borders in the digital world.
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04-12-2018

The Network of the Future

Right now, the way we live, learn, work and play is being reimagined. But the technology of the near future will require powerful networks with the speed and capacity to support rich, immersive experiences.
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04-12-2018

How to control better your online advertising data through EDAA’s Online Behavioural Advertising Icon

During its third Annual Summit, the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA) unveiled its plans to increase transparency over online digital advertising and build greater consumer trust through its well-recognised Online Behavioural Advertisement Icon and online Consumer Choice Platform, visited each year by tens of millions of internet users.
04-12-2018

France and Germany aim to keep digital tax alive with new proposal

France and Germany sought on Monday (3 December) to salvage a proposed EU tax on big digital firms by narrowing the focus to cover only companies' online advertising revenue, a European source said.
Cybersecurity 03-12-2018

Czech security service says Russia behind cyber attacks on ministry

Russia’s intelligence services were behind cyber attacks targeting the Czech foreign ministry last year, the Czech security service said on Monday in its annual report.
Cybersecurity 03-12-2018

‘God help us’: Khashoggi’s hacked WhatsApp messages provide clues about killing

Messages obtained from the WhatsApp account of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi shine a light on the possible reasons behind his death, depicting the full extent of his animosity towards Saudi Arabia and his plans to establish an "electronic army" of activists against the regime.
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Data protection 03-12-2018

EU terrorist content legislation is targeting the wrong players

The European Union wants Cloud Infrastructure Providers to snoop on their customer’s data, slowing down their digital transformation and immediately bringing to a halt the protections of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
03-12-2018

Group of EU states rejects compromise on digital tax as deadline looms

A group of European Union countries rejected on Friday (30 November) a new compromise plan for the introduction of an EU-wide tax on digital revenues of large companies, diplomats said, making it increasingly difficult to meet a year-end deadline for a deal.