Digital & Media

22-09-2021

No excuse to let illegal content flourish

Thriving digital markets have made our lives easier and supported our economies, but it is about time that we put an end to illegal content that both harms our consumers and businesses. Simon Kollerup is Denmark’s Minister for Industry, Business...
EU-China 22-09-2021

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones with censorship software

Lithuania's Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

Biden nominee for key China export post expects Huawei to remain blacklisted

US President Joe Biden's nominee to a post overseeing export policy on China said he sees Chinese telecoms firm Huawei as a national security threat and expects to keep the company on a trade blacklist unless "things change."
17-09-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: make it or break it, Chips Act, showing the path

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Digital is the make or break issue” –          Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission at the...
17-09-2021

Google, Apple remove Navalny app from stores as Russian elections begin

Alphabet's Google and Apple have removed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's tactical voting app from their stores, his team said on Friday, after Russia accused the US tech firms of meddling in its internal affairs.
16-09-2021

French publishers close to launch collective negotiations on neighbouring rights

French publishers are close to launching a new body to collectively negotiate with online platforms, while the dispute with Google raises fundamental questions on how to monetise online content.
16-09-2021

Commission launches recommendation on safety of journalists

European Commission Vice President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová presented on Thursday (16 September) a Recommendation on the Safety of Journalists, urging EU countries to address security concerns in an environment increasingly hostile towards the media.
Cybersecurity 16-09-2021

EU chief announces cybersecurity law for connected devices

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday (15 September) a Cyber Resilience Act aimed at setting common cybersecurity standards for connected devices.
15-09-2021

European Commission to launch Chips Act in bid for strategic autonomy

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday (15 September) the intention to present a European Chips Act meant to boost Europe’s semiconductor capacity and reinforce its new drive for strategic autonomy.
15-09-2021

Commission yearns for setting the global standard on artificial intelligence

The European Commission believes that its proposed Artificial Intelligence Act should become the global standard if it is to be fully effective. The upcoming AI treaty that is being drafted by the Council of Europe might help the EU achieve just that.
14-09-2021

LEAK: Commission to launch governance framework for digital transition

The European Commission is set to launch a new governance framework for monitoring the digital transition and new legislative tool for multi-country projects, according to a leaked copy of the draft legislation obtained by EURACTIV.
14-09-2021

Facebook’s Oversight Board calls on independent investigation over anti-Palestinian bias allegations

*This article was updated with comments from Facebook. An independent entity should investigate whether Facebook’s content moderation decisions, including automated ones, treated anti-Palestinian and anti-Israeli content differently, according to a recommendation from the social media giant’s Oversight Board. Facebook’s Oversight...
Data protection 14-09-2021

Cookies: French data protection watchdog welcomes increased compliance

Following on from its guidelines on the rules to be applied to cookies, the French data protection authority (CNIL) drew up on Tuesday (14 September) the results of its second campaign of formal notices sent to companies for non-compliance with the legislation on cookies.
Data protection 14-09-2021

France’s parliament considers use of drones by police, again

French members of parliament will start examining on Tuesday (14 September) a bill on criminal responsibility and internal security, intended to provide a long-awaited legal framework for the use of drones by law enforcement agencies.
Data protection 13-09-2021

Ireland’s privacy watchdog accused of paralysing GDPR enforcement

A new report from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has accused Ireland’s data protection watchdog of pulling the breaks on the enforcement of the EU's data protection regulation (GDPR) in Europe and called on the European Commission to intervene, warning that the GDPR was "silently falling".
10-09-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Nvidia seeks clearance, Germany’s conflicting views, DMA & DSA Council updates

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We are working through the regulatory process and we look forward to engaging with the European Commission to address...
10-09-2021

German parties offer conflicting views on the EU digital future

Digitalisation is one of the hot topics of Germany’s upcoming federal election and the parties are offering different visions of what Germany’s role in EU digital policymaking should be and the ways to foster digital sovereignty and strategic autonomy.
10-09-2021

Germany’s new cybersecurity strategy unlikely to have effect after elections

In the final stages before the Bundestag elections, the cabinet adopted a cyber security strategy. However, its goals and measures are unlikely to be implemented by the next government. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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10-09-2021

One Free Press Coalition: ’10 Most Urgent’ List of September 2021 – Afghanistan Call For Action

As the Taliban has asserted power over Afghanistan in recent weeks, media there face new and daunting challenges. On September 1, international media outlets worldwide unite as the One Free Press Coalition to publish this special edition of the global...
10-09-2021

Facebook’s plan to cut back on political content sets up Orbán for re-election 

By cutting back on political content, Facebook is taking the responsibility to further distort political competition in countries like Hungary, where media pluralism has been severely hit by the ruling parties. Such a move could help Prime Minister Viktor Orbán secure another term in power, argues Anna Donath.
Global Europe 10-09-2021

Germany probes claims of pre-election MP hacking by Russia

German federal prosecutors said Thursday (9 September) they are probing alleged hacking attacks against lawmakers ahead of this month's German election that Berlin has blamed on Russia.
09-09-2021

Nvidia requests Commission’s clearance on acquisition of Arm

Computing tech giant Nvidia officially notified the European Commission on Wednesday (8 September) about its intention to acquire UK-based Arms, a Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.
Cybersecurity 08-09-2021

ProtonMail slams French tactics following backlash on climate activist case

Encrypted email service ProtonMail has come under fire after it gave the IP address of a climate activist to the Swiss judiciary at the request of the French police. The company said it had no other choice and criticised France's tactics to obtain the information. EURACTIV France reports.
08-09-2021

UK calls on G7 countries, tech firms to ‘step up’ child safety measures online

The UK's home secretary urged her peers from the G7 governments on Wednesday (8 September) to support London's push to hold tech companies accountable for harmful content, while also launching a new fund to counter child sexual abuse online.