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Digital 16-11-2020

European activist files complaints against Apple’s tracking tool

A group led by privacy activist Max Schrems filed complaints on Monday with German and Spanish authorities over Apple's online tracking tool, saying it breached European law by allowing iPhones to store users' data without their consent.
The EU has the power to execute a potential breakup of global Big Tech giants, but it is not currently the "right thing to do," the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager has said. Vestager's position puts her at odds with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, with reports surfacing that the Frenchman would like to keep the option of 'structural separations'  of the Big Tech giants on the table.
Digital 27-10-2020

Vestager distances Commission from option of ‘Big Tech Breakups’

The EU has the power to execute a potential breakup of global Big Tech giants, but it is not currently the "right thing to do," the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager, has said.
New EU measures regulating the web should avoid, in the first instance, rules on the hosting of online content deemed 'harmful' but not 'illegal,' a Brussels trade association representing the world's largest online platforms has said.
Digital 12-10-2020

Digital Services Act should avoid rules on ‘harmful’ content, Big Tech tells EU

New EU measures regulating the web should avoid, in the first instance, rules on the hosting of online content deemed "harmful" but not "illegal", a Brussels trade association representing the world's largest online platforms has said.
Digital 08-10-2020

After Google copyright win, French publishers set sights on Apple

After having successfully struck a deal with Google, French publishing groups have now set their sights on fighting for better terms with another one of the Big Tech giants: Apple.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2020

Tax subcommittee chair: Donohoe is not ideal candidate to lead Eurogroup

Paul Tang has been elected chair of the new permanent tax subcommittee the European Parliament has created. In an interview with EURACTIV, the Socialist MEP said one of his key goals is to "crack down on tax avoidance", and he therefore wants to strengthen ties with national parliaments and get them involved in the fight against fiscal dumping in the EU.
Digital 30-09-2020

Commission mulls restrictions on platform data use in Digital Services Act 

Platform giants will be prohibited from using the data they collect online unless they make this data available for use by smaller platforms, according to a draft of blacklisted practices, seen by EURACTIV, as part of the European Commission's forthcoming Digital Services Act.
The European Commission has given its clearest indication yet that obligations on digital platforms to remove content are unlikely to feature in far-reaching EU efforts to regulate the web, to be presented before the end of the year.
Digital 23-09-2020

‘Content removal’ unlikely to be part of EU regulation on digital services, Jourova says  

The European Commission has given its clearest indication yet that obligations on digital platforms to remove content are unlikely to feature in far-reaching EU efforts to regulate the web, due to be presented before the end of the year.
As part of public consultations which closed at midnight on Tuesday (September 8), industry behemoths and lobbies, civil society representatives, charities, public authorities, and academics all took the opportunity to have their say on the EU's bid to radically transform the regulatory landscape for digital services, both as part of the DSA and the foreseen 'New Competition Tool.'
Digital 09-09-2020

Stakeholders jockey for influence in EU’s bid to regulate digital services

A broad spectrum of stakeholders have spoken out on EU plans to regulate the online ecosystem as part of its forthcoming Digital Services Act package, with fierce jockeying over the extent to which the EU will introduce new rules for the digital economy.
French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire criticised Apple's market dominance in the EU on Tuesday, and said that the bloc's 'New Competition Tool' should rectify market imbalances in the digital economy.
Digital 08-09-2020

Le Maire hits out at Apple’s market dominance in EU

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire criticised the dominance of foreign firms in European marketplaces on Tuesday (8 September), directly referencing US tech giant Apple's power in the digital arena and calling for the creation of more 'European champions.'
Europe's online marketplaces shouldn't be controlled by a small handful of dominant gatekeeper platforms, the EU's Digital Chief Margarethe Vestager has said, referring to her bid to reign in the market dominance of tech giants through the EU's forthcoming new competition tool.
Digital 08-09-2020

Vestager: Gatekeeper platforms shouldn’t control Europe’s online marketplaces

Europe's online marketplaces should not be controlled by a handful of dominant gatekeeper platforms, the EU's digital chief Margarethe Vestager has said, referring to her bid to reign in the market dominance of tech giants through the EU's forthcoming new competition tool.
Competition 11-08-2020

Facebook, Microsoft gripes with Apple’s App Store on EU’s antitrust radar

Facebook and Microsoft's grievances over how their gaming apps appear on Apple's App Store may feed into an EU investigation into the iPhone maker's business as EU antitrust regulators said such concerns are on their radar.
Digital 30-07-2020

Vestager calls for EU-US ‘common vision’ on platform competition policy

Worldwide jurisdictions and particularly the EU and the US should formulate "common visions" on how best to regulate competition in the platform economy, the Commission's digital chief Margrethe Vestager has said.
Digital 30-07-2020

Facebook accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics in US antitrust hearing 

Social media giant Facebook has come in for heavy criticism as part of a US congressional hearing into the dominance of online tech platforms, being accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics as part of its history in acquiring smaller...
Digital 28-07-2020

Commission eyes US GAFA hearing for future competition challenges

The heads of US tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple are set to testify in a US congressional hearing on Wednesday (29 July) as part of an ongoing probe into the dominance of digital platforms. For the EU, the hearing could provide a valuable insight into how to address competition challenges in the digital economy.
Digital 15-07-2020

Commission loses out in Apple-Ireland tax battle, announces tax abuse clampdown

US technology giant Apple did not unlawfully benefit from state aid as part of corporate tax rulings in Ireland, the general court of the EU said on Wednesday (15 July). The decision annuls the European Commission's bid to claim €13 billion back in unlawful tax advantages.
Economy & Jobs 16-06-2020

Brussels launches investigation against Apple for abusive practices

The European Commission opened two parallel investigations into Apple on Tuesday (16 June) to see whether the US tech giant has excluded rivals and imposed unfair conditions on 'app' developers via its Apple Store and its payment service Apple Pay.
Digital 09-06-2020

German COVID-19 app ‘clean’ but still lacks legal basis, experts say

Next week, Germany will present its so-called "Corona-Warn-App", Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has announced. However, while the public source code seems to be clean, data protection advocates still demand a legal basis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 03-06-2020

Apple wins in ‘David v Goliath’ right to repair battle

Norway's Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Court of Appeal, ruling in favour of US tech giant Apple and their claim that an independent smartphone repairer had breached trademark rules by using cheaper repair parts. The decision has sparked an outcry from 'right to repair' activists.
Digital 11-05-2020

Commission to contract €600,000 study on gatekeeping power of digital platforms

The European Commission is to contract a study on the gatekeeping, or market-dominating, power of digital platforms in a bid to gather evidence which could feed into the upcoming Digital Services Act, documents seen by EURACTIV reveal.
Data protection 23-04-2020

Breton urges Apple chief Cook to work with EU amid French spat on virus app

EU industry chief Thierry Breton on Wednesday (22 April) told Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to make sure that mobile apps to limit the spread of coronavirus work on its iPhones and other devices, amidst the company's spat with France on its privacy safeguards.
Digital 17-03-2020

Big tech could do better at protecting the environment

Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, known as 'GAFAM' in France, say they are protecting the environment, but that's not the point. Partly responsible for the carbon impact of digital technology, these multinationals are mainly trying to minimise damage. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Digital 03-02-2020

MEPs want tech firms to adopt universal charger, Commission ‘ready’ to take matter in hand

In a resolution adopted on 30 January, MEPs called on the Commission to force tech companies to adopt a universal charger. EURACTIV's partner Le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Circular economy 23-01-2020

Apple pushes back against EU common charger, warns of innovation risks

iPhone maker Apple on Thursday (23 January) pushed back against EU lawmakers’ call for a common charger, warning the move could hamper innovation, create a mountain of electronic waste and irk consumers.
Digital 17-09-2019

Apple says $14 bln EU tax order ‘defies reality and common sense’

Apple launched a legal challenge against Brussels in an EU top court on Tuesday (17 September), saying the European Union's 2016 order for the company to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland "defies reality and common sense".
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