Digital

Competition 22-02-2019

Commission accuses Telefónica of breaking merger promise

Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica has failed to help rivals enter the German mobile market, breaking a promise made five years ago in return for the European Commission's approval of its acquisition of E-Plus, the institution said on Friday (22 February) in a landmark case.
Cybersecurity 22-02-2019

Barcelona the battleground as Huawei set to face off against US

US officials are set to descend on Barcelona this weekend ahead of Monday's opening of the Mobile World Congress, where Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will look to substantiate its presence in the 5G European market despite rising global security concerns over its operation.
Cybersecurity 21-02-2019

Britain managing Huawei risks, has no evidence of spying: official

Britain is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecoms equipment and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday (20 February), pushing back against U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying.
20-02-2019

EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook

European Union countries on Wednesday (20 February) endorsed an overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.
Cybersecurity 20-02-2019

Microsoft detects cyberattacks on EU research groups

Microsoft has detected a range of coordinated cyberattacks against European think tanks and non-profit organizations which focus on issues related to "democracy, electoral integrity, and public policy" and have close connections with government officials.
Politics 20-02-2019

Greece and North Macedonia agree to end roaming charges

Athens and Skopje have signed an agreement to gradually decrease roaming charges and remove them completely by 2021.
Data protection 19-02-2019

‘Digital gangsters’: UK parliament slams Facebook on data protection, disinformation

A UK Parliamentary report has singled out Facebook for failing to effectively protect user data and stem the spread of disinformation across its platform, saying that the tech giant "is unwilling to be accountable to regulators around the world."
EU Elections 2019 15-02-2019

Ahead of EU polls, Facebook voids accounts targeting Moldovan election

Facebook Inc said on Thursday (14 February) it had disrupted an attempt to influence voters in Moldova, increasing concerns that EU elections in May could be prey to malign activity.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

Europe strengthens monitoring of foreign investment

The European Parliament approved on Thursday (14 February) the proposal to screen foreign investment at EU level, clearing the path for closer monitoring of third country companies willing to invest in EU’s critical sectors.
14-02-2019

Google, Amazon among those targeted in EU unfair practices digital rules

Google, Amazon and other tech firms will have to tell companies how they rank their own or rival products on their platforms under new rules agreed by EU negotiators aimed at stopping unfair practices by online platforms and app stores.
Data protection 14-02-2019

Brexit: ‘No special contingency measures‘ for data flows, EU says

"No special contingency measures for data flows" will be taken out in the case of a no-deal Brexit, according to documents released on Monday (11 February) .
copyright 14-02-2019

Deal struck on copyright reform after ‘intense’ negotiations

The future of online copyright is set to be radically transformed as Parliament and Council negotiators struck an agreement on the controversial Copyright Directive on Wednesday (13 February) evening, over two years after the measures were first introduced by the Commission.

Europe’s media freedom increasingly under attack, report warns

A "climate of impunity" has taken hold in parts of Europe, where media freedom is increasingly under attack, the annual report to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists has warned.
13-02-2019

UK report: Tax relief and extra funding for news outlets

A UK government-commissioned report published on Tuesday (12 February) called for extra support to be given to smaller news outlets, including an innovation fund for local news and tax reliefs for public interest journalism.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2019

Member states shield national vetoes on tax matters

A large majority of EU governments opposed on Tuesday (12 February) the European Commission’s proposal to end the unanimity required to pass legislation on taxation, saying they want to protect national sovereignty and avoid having decisions forced on reluctant countries.
11-02-2019

Europe: An industrial society of the future

The responsibility for pursuing long-term sustainable goals falls upon those in the wider community who can stake a claim in the climate debate. One such player is Europe’s tech industry, who made their intentions clear during last week’s Industy Day’s conference in Brussels.
Cybersecurity 11-02-2019

Brussels teeming with Russian and Chinese spies, EU officials claim

“Hundreds” of Russian and Chinese spies have been planted in and around Brussels’ EU quarter, according to EU diplomats at the European External Action Service (EEAS).
10-02-2019

EU countries agree on copyright reforms, deal in sight next week

The European Union’s effort to rewrite two-decade old copyright rules to take into account online platforms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google moved a step forward on Friday (8 February) when a majority of member countries agreed on a common position for talks with lawmakers next week.
Data protection 08-02-2019

Germany to restrict Facebook’s data gathering activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent.
Cybersecurity 07-02-2019

Italian government divided over Huawei, amid US pressure

The Italian Ministry of Economic Development refuted claims made by "government officials" on Thursday (7 January), following allegations that the country is set to ban Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE from taking part in the implementation of Italy's 5G infrastructure.
07-02-2019

Driving EU industry: Standing up to societal challenges

In late January, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete delivered a speech as part of a Post-COP24 High Level Debate, in which he drew attention to the bloc’s 2030 climate and energy goals and the EU's role in the global fight against climate change.
06-02-2019

EU’s future global industry leadership

Addressing the Industry Days conference on Tuesday (5 February), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted the importance of ensuring that the EU stays at the forefront of developments in economy and society, if it is to lead the way in the global industrial marketplace.
Cybersecurity 06-02-2019

US warns EU allies not to use Chinese gear for 5G networks

The United States sees the European Union as its top priority in a global effort to convince allies not to buy Huawei equipment for next-generation mobile networks, a US State Department Official said on Tuesday (5 February).
05-02-2019

Mobile network operator’s body GSMA considers crisis meeting over Huawei

Mobile communications industry body GSMA has proposed its members discuss the possibility that Chinese network vendor Huawei is excluded from key markets, amid concerns such a development could set operators back by years.

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