Digital & Media

Cybersecurity 23-07-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Pegasus affair, Schrems III, online anonymity questioned

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “These [allegations] have to be verified, but if it is the case, it is completely unacceptable, against any kind...
Cybersecurity 22-07-2021

France launches investigation into Pegasus spying allegations

The French government spokesman announced this morning (July 22) that "investigations have been launched" after the revelations of "Project Pegasus" which claim that one of Emmanuel Macron's phone numbers was spied on by Morocco.
22-07-2021

‘Pingdemic’ grips Britain as fears of food shortages grow

Britain's supermarkets, wholesalers and hauliers were struggling on Thursday (22 July) to ensure stable food and fuel supplies after an official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate after contact with someone with COVID-19.
Data protection 21-07-2021

Austrian court refers Schrems’ Facebook complaint to EU Court

Austria's Supreme Court has asked the EU Court of Justice for clarification on the legality of Facebook's processing of personal data after data protection activist Max Schrems brought a case before it. The Court in Luxembourg will now decide whether the US giant respected the GDPR since it came into force in 2018.
21-07-2021

Commission to look into Pegasus affair, Reynders says

The European Commission has decided to launch an investigation on the surveillance of EU journalists as the bloc reels from the Pegasus Project revelations released over the weekend that governments had used military spyware to intercept communications. “We are starting...
21-07-2021

France’s Macron targeted in project Pegasus spyware case

The phone of French President Emmanuel Macron was on a list of potential targets for potential surveillance on behalf of Morocco in the Pegasus spyware case, French daily Le Monde reported on Tuesday.
20-07-2021

Study: Anti-refugee disinformation connects extremists, politicians

Online disinformation surrounding refugees and the NGOs working with them acts as a “crucial nexus” between extremist far-right figures and more mainstream politicians, according to recent research.
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2021

Expert: Digital euro ‘not clear yet and might not be for a long time’

As the digital euro moves to the experimentation phase, experts criticise the lack of clarity around the project and the decade long delay compared to cryptocurrencies.
20-07-2021

US, Europe condemn China for ‘malicious’ Microsoft cyberattack

The United States on Monday (19 July) accused Beijing of carrying out a massive hack of Microsoft email servers and charged four Chinese nationals as it rallied the EU and other allies in rare joint statement condemning "malicious" cyber activity from China.
19-07-2021

Online racial abuses in the UK prompt calls to end anonymity online

The thousands of anonymous social media accounts that attacked English football players with racist slurs following the European Championship final prompted discussions on how to end anonymity online.
Data protection 16-07-2021

Digital Brief: DGA adopted, DSA opinion, WhatsApp complaints

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.  “We want to build up a European data economy. The personal data revolution was made by Facebook, Google and others....
16-07-2021

Germany still lagging far behind on e-government, open data

In Germany, e-government and open data remain largely untapped potentials despite holding enormous economic opportunities and being basic prerequisites for smarter cities, a recently published OECD study shows. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 16-07-2021

Parliament committee adopts act ‘to build up a European data economy’

The legislative proposal that will define data governance rules for industrial data across the EU received the green light in the relevant European Parliament committee on Friday (16 July). The committee on industry, research and energy adopted the report on...
15-07-2021

Dutch crime reporter De Vries dies after being shot in street

Celebrity Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries has died after being shot in a busy Amsterdam street, his family and his employer RTL Netherlands said, prompting an outpouring of grief and anger at home and abroad.
copyright 15-07-2021

Advocat General dismisses Poland’s challenge to Copyright Directive

The EU top court's Advocate General has advised it to dismiss the legal action Warsaw initiated against the EU Copyright Directive, deeming its provisions compatible with freedom of expression under certain conditions.

‘Fit for 55,’ Belarus migrant stand off and Whatsapp complaints

In our last episode of the season, the Yellow Room brings you all the reaction to Europe’s “Fit for 55” climate package unveiled this week. To break down the components of this story we spoke with EURACTIV energy and environment reporter Kira Taylor.
15-07-2021

New bill threatens to further narrow Poland’s media landscape

A new bill submitted to the Polish parliament last week (7 July) would place restrictions on the granting of broadcasting licenses, raising concerns that this is the latest instalment in a narrowing of press freedom in the country.
15-07-2021

Ideological debate over EU industrial strategy heats up

An ideological debate over the future of Europe’s industrial strategy is heating up as the bloc reconsiders how best to achieve strategic independence from foreign suppliers in key economic areas. The disruption of international supply chains due to the pandemic...
14-07-2021

Google fined €500 mln for lack of ‘good faith’ in negotiations with French press

The French competition authority has slapped a record €500 million fine on Google for not having negotiated "in good faith" with news publishers and agencies on neighbouring rights - the remuneration for the reuse of copyrighted content they are entitled to.
Economy & Jobs 13-07-2021

Assess full effects of technology on work before regulating, warns EU tech lawmaker

EU lawmakers should make sure they see the full effects of technological change on working patterns before they regulate them, as we are likely to see a continued shift towards remote and flexible employment, policymakers said at an event hosted by EURACTIV on the future of work across the bloc.
Data protection 12-07-2021

WhatsApp faces consumer groups’ complaint over new privacy policy

Several consumer organisations have launched a complaint against WhatsApp, accusing the messaging app of unduly pressuring users to accept its new privacy policy without explaining its consequences for personal data.
Data protection 09-07-2021

Digital Brief: ePrivacy derogation adopted, YouTube’s algorithm, killer acquisitions

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “This interim regulation ends uncertainty for companies. It does not end the danger to children. This is only a...
08-07-2021

Publishers eye collective bargaining as way to take on platforms

As efforts to level the playing field between publishers and platforms gather steam around the world, collective bargaining approaches are also attracting support.
Cybersecurity 08-07-2021

Germany not sufficiently prepared to tackle ransomware threats

Extortion of companies through ransomware attacks has reached unprecedented levels worldwide, particularly during the pandemic, but Germany's businesses and public institutions are not sufficiently prepared to address such threats that can put livelihoods and economies at risk. EURACTIV Germany reports.