Internet governance

Digital 26-09-2019

Copyright directive ‘not in danger’ EU says, following Google backlash

The European Commission has assured those involved that the EU's controversial copyright directive is "not in danger," following Google's announcement that it will avoid renumerating content creators by implementing technical changes to the way it displays news online.
Digital 24-09-2019

Google wins landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case in blow for privacy advocates

Google has fended off a landmark legal challenge from the French data protection authority after the EU's top court ruled that the search engine giant does not have to apply 'right to be forgotten' rules globally.
Digital 13-09-2019

Google agrees on $1 billion tax settlement with France

US internet giant Google has agreed a settlement totalling $1 billion to end a tax dispute in France under an agreement announced in court on Thursday (12 September).
Data protection 12-09-2019

UK government accused of ‘harvesting citizen data’ ahead of Brexit

UK opposition parties have hit out at the government for an alleged harvesting of user data, surreptitiously obtained from individuals accessing the official Gov.uk website, ahead of the UK's scheduled withdrawal from the EU at the end of October.
Data protection 21-08-2019

Tech giants under pressure in the US

About twenty US states are worried about the monopolistic tendencies of tech giants, and are close to launching a joint antitrust investigation next month, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday (19 August). EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Digital 24-07-2019

Big Tech faces broad U.S. Justice Department antitrust probe

The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday (23 July) it was opening a broad investigation of major digital technology firms into whether they engage in anticompetitive practices, the strongest sign the Trump administration is stepping up its scrutiny of Big Tech.
Digital 03-07-2019

Germany wants to fine Facebook over hate speech reporting

Social media platforms in Germany are obliged to report hate speech and other illegal content. Germany's Federal Office of Justice is expected to slap a €2 million fine on Facebook for reporting only a fraction of such activity on its platform. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 02-07-2019

New developments in store for online multilingualism, EU’s Navracsics says

The diversity of European languages in use online could be improved in the near future, the EU's Commissioner for Education and Culture, Tibor Navracsics, told EURACTIV amid criticism that progress with online multilingualism in Europe has been "frustratingly slow".
Digital 27-06-2019

Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts

Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges, France’s minister for digital affairs Cedric O said on Tuesday (25 June).
Digital 04-06-2019

Vestager’s grand plan for regulating the digital economy

The EU should be "ready to act" should social values such as "privacy, freedom and fairness" be under threat from expanding digital monopolies, the bloc's Competition Chief Margrethe Vestager said on Monday (3 April).
Digital 28-05-2019

Kramp-Karrenbauer faces backlash over ‘censorship’ calls

A broad debate should be held on the possible regulation of political views expressed online, the leader of Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), said on Monday. But she faced an immediate backlash, with some accusing her of advocating censorship.
Cybersecurity 07-03-2019

Up to 400 online platforms hosting terrorist content, Commission says

Between 200 and 400 online platforms are currently hosting content that could lead to terrorist radicalisation, the European Commission has said.
Digital 20-02-2019

‘Small platforms’ are the target of online terrorist content regulation, MEP says

The EU is taking regulatory measures to clamp down on the dissemination of terrorist content online. In the European Parliament, the file is being dealt with by the Civil Liberties Committee, with MEP Daniel Dalton leading the report. EURACTIV sat down with Dalton to discuss the finer details of the plans.
Digital 19-02-2019

Regulating against radicalisation

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The EU is seeking to regulate against the dissemination of terrorist content online. This special report looks into some of the finer details of the measures, such as the length of the time-limited order, the scope of the regulation, and whether the restrictions could ever lead to a censorship of the web.
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."
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.
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Digital 12-02-2019

Fighting harmful content: Keeping the internet and users safer online

Hot take, or hate speech? Religious speech or incitement to violence? Tackling harmful content online has never been more vital, or more complex.
Digital 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.
Digital 08-02-2019

Copyright: ‘France has completely won the discussion,’ says MEP Reda

Ahead of a crunch meeting between EU ambassadors on Friday (8 February), EURACTIV Slovakia sat down with Green MEP Julia Reda to chew the fat over the controversial copyright directive.
Digital 24-01-2019

EU needs to ‘double efforts’ in the fight against disinformation, Gabriel says

The EU's Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has upped the ante in the fight against fake news, saying on Wednesday (23 January) that "new technologies are advancing extremely rapidly" and that as a result, the EU needs to "double its efforts."
Cybersecurity 23-01-2019

Ansip uncovered: Commission Vice-President on disinformation, Huawei, copyright

EURACTIV's Digital Editor, Samuel Stolton, sat down with Vice-President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip, to speak about his recent decision to stand as an MEP, disinformation, 'those' Huawei comments and the difficulties with the copyright directive.
Digital 21-01-2019

Copyright directive faces further setback as final trilogue postponed

The controversial EU copyright directive faces a further setback after the final inter-institutional negotiations set to take place on Monday evening (21 January) were cancelled on Friday.
Digital 18-01-2019

Commission to revoke British .eu domains after Brexit

The European Commission plans to revoke all .eu domain name registrations belonging to British registrars after the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, EURACTIV has learnt.

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