Digital & Media

Data protection 21-10-2021

Whistleblowers are impossible without encryption, Edward Snowden says

On Global Encryption Day (21 October), Edward Snowden, the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations, defined encryption as a matter of life and death. A day earlier, a coalition of EU lawmakers voiced concerns that an upcoming legislative proposal could open the door to mass surveillance.
21-10-2021

Facebook and French publishers reach deal on remuneration of news content

Facebook and the French publishers' lobby known as Alliance de la Presse d'Information Générale (APIG) have reached an agreement on the remuneration of journalistic content posted on the US giant's platform, the two announced on Thursday. EURACTIV France reports.
21-10-2021

French cloud industry regrets government’s ambivalence in dealing with digital giants

France's "trusted cloud" strategy is sending "contradictory messages" and leaving little room for competition in the race for digital sovereignty already dominated by the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft, French cloud industry players have said. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 21-10-2021

Council document hints at progress on cross-border electronic evidence

EU co-legislators appear to be approaching common ground on several key points of the e-Evidence proposal including notification obligations, order suspensions, and grounds for refusal, according to an internal document.
21-10-2021

MEPs call for stronger support for the media sector

A resolution to support the EU’s media sector in the “Digital Decade”, including better protecting media freedom and safeguarding independence has passed by a large majority in the European Parliament.
20-10-2021

What Germany’s likely coalition has in store for digitalisation

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), the business-friendly FDP and the Greens, who are soon to hold coalition talks, have pointed to digitalisation as one of the top priorities in a preliminary coalition agreement. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Cybersecurity 20-10-2021

EU countries to ‘explore the potential’ of a joint cyber unit

EU member states have opened to the Commission’s proposal for a Joint Cyber Unit while remaining cautious to avoid overlapping existing initiatives.
19-10-2021

French senator calls for creation of digital identity supervisory body

To facilitate the prosecution of online offenders, a French senator has proposed the creation of an independent supervisory authority that would collect the identity of users when they register with online platforms. EURACTIV France reports.

EU accused of disregarding human rights when supporting law enforcement abroad

The EU has been accused of contributing to the development of ‘surveillance’ capacities in third countries without considering fundamental rights and data protection; according to a complaint filed with the European Ombudsman by a coalition of privacy NGOs.
18-10-2021

Sharp rise in attacks against female journalists in 2021, report shows

Attacks against female journalists increased by 16.7% in Europe in the first nine months of this year compared to the total recorded throughout 2020, according to a new report by the Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ).
18-10-2021

Facebook announces 10,000 EU jobs to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook on Monday (18 October) announced plans to hire 10,000 people in the European Union to build the "metaverse", a virtual reality version of the internet that the tech giant sees as the future.
15-10-2021

Digital Brief: DMA & DSA compromise texts, roaming adoption, Europol nears recast mandate

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The European Council reviewed progress on the digital agenda and key legislative files. It encourages the co-legislators to […]...
15-10-2021

Greater inclusivity in post-pandemic connectivity push is needed

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home to policymakers the urgency of expanding connectivity, but further work is needed to ensure that its roll-out across the EU is comprehensive and inclusive, say experts working on the programme.
Cybersecurity 15-10-2021

Russian cyberattacks during German elections not yet used for disinformation

The information captured by the cyberattacks carried out against Bundestag lawmakers during Germany's federal election by a hacker group said to be associated with the Russian secret service GRU was not used for disinformation but could still give Russia a strategic edge, officials and experts have said.
14-10-2021

EU Parliament backs roaming extension until 2032, price cuts

The European Parliament has backed the extension of free roaming services in the EU until 2032 and its position envisages lower cap prizes than initially proposed, provisions on intra-EU calls, stronger quality of service, and transparency obligations for telecom providers.
14-10-2021

Pegasus Project wins Daphne Caruana Galizia journalism prize

The European Parliament’s journalism prize, named after assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was awarded on Thursday (14 October) to the Pegasus Project which revealed global surveillance of journalists, politicians, and activists.
14-10-2021

Policymakers ask for more coordination in EU digital education

Digital skills and excellent infrastructure are essential to ensure no European is left behind in the digital transition. Still, experts at a panel this week said that a faster pace and better cohesion are needed to achieve the Commission's targets for 2030.
Data protection 13-10-2021

Irish privacy watchdog endorses Facebook’s approach to data protection

A draft decision from Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) endorsing Facebook's legal basis for processing personal data has been met with criticism by a data protection activist who says the platform is trying to bypass EU privacy laws.
Global Europe 13-10-2021

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said.
Cybersecurity 13-10-2021

Apple continues pushback on sideloading and third-party app stores

As international pressure on Apple's increases over accusations of anti-competitive practices, the tech giant continues to push back against alternative app shops and sideloading in the name of user security.
Global Europe 13-10-2021

Albania’s declining media freedom won’t impact EU accession

The European Commission has said it will not require Albania to withdraw plans for a controversial law that would bring all online media under state supervision in order to open EU accession negotiations.
13-10-2021

EU-US policy talks to show that democracy can deliver, Vestager says

The EU's digital chief said both the EU and US share the same concerns and called for transatlantic convergence to address how emerging technologies could impact democratic institutions.
Enlargement 13-10-2021

Ex-BBC chief regrets departure from Balkans amid media decline

Amid growing state media capture and decreased journalistic freedom in the Western Balkans, a former chief of the BBC World Service said on Tuesday (12 October) he regrets the closure of the world’s largest international broadcaster in the region.
13-10-2021

EU media watchdogs and associations urge Greece to protect press freedom

Greece is urged to withdraw proposed amendments that would introduce fines and jail sentences for journalists found guilty of publishing “false news”.