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Digital 23-04-2020

UK pushes ahead with contact tracing app; EDPB issues privacy warnings

The UK's National Health Service has begun testing a mobile application designed to trace the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The moves comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock ramps the UK's efforts in contact tracing technologies.
Digital 17-04-2020

Vestager: It’s not a choice between fighting the virus and protecting privacy

The EU's digital chief Margrethe Vestager has sought to allay privacy fears over the use of certain mobile applications in the fight against the coronavirus, a day after the EU rolled out a series of recommendations for the use of such technologies.
Digital 17-04-2020

EU says coronavirus tracking apps should avoid storing data on servers

Mobile apps to track coronavirus cases in Europe should keep as much data as possible on the user’s device rather than in a central server to best maintain individual privacy, an EU document says.
Digital 16-04-2020

‘Major security and privacy issues’ in using location data for COVID-19 apps, Commission says  

The European Commission has warned against the processing and storage of location data in the use of mobile applications designed to trace the potential spread of the coronavirus across the bloc.
Digital 13-04-2020

COVID-19 mobile app available to governments for a symbolic euro

The Bulgarian authorities have given their blessing to an initiative by local IT developers who created a mobile app aimed at creating a real-time link between citizens and health authorities. The developers told EURACTIV they are ready to make the application available for other countries for a symbolic one euro.
Digital 06-04-2020

EU data watchdog pitches pan-European COVID-19 app  

The EU should establish its own "pan-European COVID-19 mobile application" due to divergences in current app developments across the bloc, the EU's data watchdog has suggested.
Competition 11-07-2019

Airbnb bows to EU demands on room fees

Airbnb has bowed to EU pressure and will avoid potentially multi-million euro fines after making changes to the way it advertises the fees for its popular room-booking service.
Agrifood 03-10-2018

EU data-based food information tool crosses the border

French EU Datathon winner Open Food Facts plans to expand to other member states in a bid to overcome the language barrier and improve food information within the European union, vice-president Pierre Slamich told EURACTIV.com.
Digital 15-03-2018

EU telecoms regulators examine whether app stores restrict internet access

European telecoms regulators are investigating whether app stores restrict internet access by limiting their users’ choice of content, the chair of the umbrella group of EU watchdogs said on Wednesday (14 March).
Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

App economy jobs come under Commission scrutiny

The European Commission will change an EU law on employment contracts by the end of the year in a move to create standards for precarious jobs created by online apps like Uber and Deliveroo.
Data protection 29-03-2017

EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet messaging apps like WhatsApp, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said yesterday (28 March), heeding calls from national interior ministers.
Digital 27-01-2017

Chinese messaging app WeChat courts European business for ad sales and e-commerce

Messaging and e-commerce app WeChat is courting European businesses to advertise and sell to its more than 700 million users in China.
Brexit 03-11-2016

UK fintech finds EU barriers emerging after Brexit vote

Fallout from the vote to leave the European Union is already threatening the growth of financial technology firms in Britain, industry officials said on Wednesday (2 November).
Digital 28-09-2016

Pokémon’s Pikachu the ‘man of the year’ in telecoms

Pikachu is the man of the year in telecoms, according to the watchdog next in line to chair a powerful group of EU regulators.
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Digital 25-09-2016

Digital revolution at #SWITCHVilnius: skills for the jobs of the future. Let’s get them and boost Europe!

Which region is becoming the next big region with many tech companies? How can Europe boost the Digital Single market and get a bigger share of the global #appeconomy pie?
Digital 13-09-2016

French terror investigators grapple with Telegram app

Smartphone app Telegram, favoured by the Islamic State group thanks to the encrypted messaging it offers, is proving a headache for French anti-terror investigators.
Digital 03-03-2016

Member states swipe left: Tinder has (court) date in EU countries

Consumer organisations in three EU countries lodged complaints against US-based dating app Tinder today (3 March) for its restrictive user contracts.
Staying Alive maps AED locations in 13 languages and several countries
Health 04-12-2015

Map to heart health: one French tech startup is getting a boost from health regulation

The Paris-based health startup AEDMAP was founded two years ago after telecoms consultant Paul Dardel realised there were no services to help people find cardiac defibrillators in public places.
Italian MP Stefano Quintarelli
Digital 19-11-2015

Italy set to pull ahead of Brussels on online platform regulation

A vote next week in the Italian Parliament could create Europe's first regulation on online platforms. The MP who proposed the bill is meeting officials in Brussels this week while the European Commission considers drafting its own legislation.
Digital 25-08-2015

Digital platforms: Competition and government oversight

Catriona Meehan proposes a series of questions that governments should ask in order to ensure fair competition between digital platforms and app developers. 
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Uber taxi app banned in Germany following court ruling

Smartphone apps for taxi services provided by the American company Uber are now banned in Germany, following a district court ruling in Frankfurt that has traditional cab drivers celebrating. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Digital 18-07-2014

EU: Apple should do more to tackle in-app purchases problem

Apple has provided no concrete and immediate solutions to tackle the problem of adults and children racking up credit card bills by making "in-app" purchases on tablets and mobile phones, the European Commission said on Friday (18 July).
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Transport 08-07-2014

Writing Europe back into the Uber debate

The debate over online taxi service Uber has shown that the digital services industry is at our doorstep. It's time to deliver a single market for services that enables young European companies the chance to scale up, writes Simon Hampton.
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Digital 10-04-2014

Neelie Kroes: mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals

Mobile health apps that measure your blood pressure or remind you to take your medication could save the EU 99 billion euros in healthcare costs by 2017, according to the European Commission.
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