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Digital 29-01-2020

5G rollout will lead to an ‘increased exposure to attacks,’ EU says

5G security standards are set to be bolstered across the EU, amid fears that non-EU states may be trying to infiltrate the bloc's next-generation mobile technology networks. The EU has, however, pledged not to exclude any specific suppliers, despite heavy US pressure against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
Data protection 28-01-2020

European Data Protection Day: are EU citizens really protected?

European Data Protection Day aims to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. However, according to Julia Kloiber, activist and founder of Superrr Lab, European data protection is deficient and it remains questionable if citizens have the necessary know-how to assert their rights. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 28-01-2020

UK grants Huawei a limited 5G role

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday granted China’s Huawei a limited role in Britain’s future 5G mobile network, a choice that risks damaging relations with the United States which fears China could use the company to steal Western secrets.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

Davos 2020 diary – day #4

Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world’s most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.
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 23-01-2020

EU nations can restrict vendors under new 5G guidelines, Huawei at risk

EU countries can restrict or exclude high-risk 5G providers from core parts of their telecoms networks, new EU guidelines show, dealing a potential blow to China’s Huawei Technologies.
Digital 22-01-2020

Facebook ‘on the side of free expression’ as EU steps up disinformation fight

Social media giant Facebook has warned against curtailing freedom of expression as the EU considers measures to clamp down on disinformation campaigns across online platforms.
Digital 22-01-2020

The EU is funding dystopian Artificial Intelligence projects

Despite its commitment to ‘trustworthy’ artificial intelligence, the EU is bankrolling AI projects that are questionable, write Fieke Jansen and Daniel Leufer.
Digital 21-01-2020

Talks on digital tax with US remain difficult – France’s Le Maire

France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday (21 January) talks with the United States on the taxation of digital companies “remained difficult” despite a pledge from the two countries to avoid a trade war until at least the end of this year.
Digital 20-01-2020

‘International alignment’ required on future AI rules, Google chief says

Google chief Sundar Pichai has called for 'international alignment' and 'an agreement on core values' in the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence. But positions of the EU and the US on the issue diverge, following the recent leak of European Commission papers detailing a crackdown on facial recognition technologies.
Digital 17-01-2020

LEAK: Commission considers facial recognition ban in AI ‘white paper’

The European Commission is considering measures to impose a temporary ban on facial recognition technologies used by both public and private actors, according to a draft white paper on Artificial Intelligence obtained by EURACTIV. If implemented, the plans could throw...
5G 15-01-2020

Europeans seek ‘lawful’ ways of intercepting 5G communications

The European Commission is working alongside Europol and EU member states to "identify appropriate ways of preserving lawful interception capabilities in 5G networks," said Ylva Johansson, the EU's Home Affairs Commissioner.
Brexit 08-01-2020

No complete agreement before end of 2020, von der Leyen tells UK

The UK and the EU will not be able to agree on every single aspect of their future relationship before the end of the year, and will either have to focus on priority areas or agree an extension period, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday (8 January).
5G 07-01-2020

Poland’s Play plans 5G roll-out in Gdynia in race to offer first services

Polish mobile operator Play Communications is planning to roll out a 5G network in the northern city of Gdynia, its chief executive said, as the country’s telcoms providers rush to be the first to offer commercial next generation services.
Digital 07-01-2020

Avoid heavy AI regulation, White House tells EU

The US administration has urged European lawmakers to avoid heavy regulation frameworks in the future rollout of Artificial Intelligence technologies on the continent. The call comes ahead of the European Commission's planned presentation of its AI strategy, set to be announced early this year.
Digital 03-01-2020

Digital in 2020: A geopolitical programme

Departing from a tumultuous 2019, in which several tech behemoths faced the ire of European regulators, the forthcoming twelve months in the digital arena will prove to be lively in terms of EU policy.
Global Europe 23-12-2019

Erdogan says Turkey cannot handle new migrant wave from Syria, warns Europe

Turkey cannot handle a fresh wave of migrants from Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday (22 December), warning that European countries will feel the impact of such an influx if violence in Syria's northwest is not stopped.
Digital 19-12-2019

Airbnb wins fight to remain exempt from European property rules

US homesharing site Airbnb on Thursday won its battle to remain exempt from onerous European property regulations, as the EU’s top court ruled it was an online platform and not a property agent.
Data protection 19-12-2019

ECJ opinion backs EU data transfer contracts

The European Commission's standard contractual clauses (SCC), used for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries, are "valid", according to a non-binding opinion from an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
Data protection 18-12-2019

Facebook, privacy activist Schrems battle nears end

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems’ seven-year battle against Facebook reaches a crucial point tomorrow (19 December) when an adviser to Europe’s top court will issue his view on whether tools used by companies to transfer data abroad are legal or not.
Data protection 17-12-2019

‘Enormous amount at stake’ in Irish murder data appeal case

There is an "enormous amount at stake" in an appeal against a High Court decision that found the police's capturing of mobile phone metadata in relation to a murder case breached EU law, Ireland's Supreme Court has heard.
Elections 13-12-2019

Scots to map out independence plans after UK election success

The Scottish National Party (SNP) will next week unveil a "detailed democratic case for the transfer of power" that may enable a second Scottish independence referendum to take place in the near future, the leader of the party Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday (13 December).
Digital 04-12-2019

The rising clout of digital media and the UK election

Campaigning for the decisive UK election on December 12 is going full tilt. As polarisation over Brexit overshadows Britain’s notoriously hard-to-call ballot, Jess Smee explains the impact of the media and, in particular, of digital channels.
Data protection 03-12-2019

Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal

The European Commission will present a revised ePrivacy proposal as part of the forthcoming Croatian Presidency of the EU, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton announced on Tuesday (3 December), after previous talks failed to produce an agreement among member states.

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