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Forthcoming EU rules to rein in the dominance of the Big Tech giants should include measures to regulate Big Tech from accumulating too many users at the disadvantage of smaller competitors, a position paper from France and the Netherlands says.
Digital 15-10-2020

French and Dutch call for ‘regulating access to users’ for Big Tech giants

Forthcoming EU rules to rein in the dominance of the Big Tech giants should include measures to regulate Big Tech from accumulating too many users at the disadvantage of smaller competitors, a position paper from France and the Netherlands says.
The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country's data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards in the field.
Data protection 14-10-2020

UK government under pressure to prove data adequacy to EU

The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country's data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards.
An EU-funded voting application in Myanmar has come under heavy criticism for inciting "racial and religious vilification" in the country by profiling candidates' ethnicity and beliefs, using derogatory terminology to designate those of Rohingya descent.
Digital 14-10-2020

EU slammed for funding ‘discriminatory’ Myanmar voting application

An EU-funded voting application in Myanmar has come under heavy criticism for inciting "racial and religious vilification" in the country by profiling candidates' ethnicity and beliefs, using derogatory terminology to designate those of Rohingya descent.
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2020

Committee of the Regions warns against centralising cohesion policy

This week, European regional policy leaders met to formulate their demands of the EU. They warned against a reduction of cohesion funds and requested a say in their distribution. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Concerns have emerged from EU consumer groups that plans in Italy to establish a single firm overseeing the rollout of the country's future broadband infrastructure could lead to a 'quasi-monopolistic' market structure.
Digital 14-10-2020

Concerns emerge over Italy’s ‘monopolistic’ Single Broadband Network plans

Concerns have emerged among EU consumer groups that plans in Italy to establish a single firm overseeing the rollout of the country's future broadband infrastructure could lead to a 'quasi-monopolistic' market structure.
The European Commission should not grant the UK a data adequacy agreement as part of its ongoing assessment of the country's data protection landscape, a civil rights group has said. 
Digital 12-10-2020

Commission must refuse UK data adequacy, rights group says

The European Commission should not grant the UK a data adequacy agreement as part of its ongoing assessment of the country's data protection landscape, an Irish civil rights group 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.
A conglomerate of 14 EU nations have set out their position on the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence, pressing the European Commission to adopt a 'soft law approach.'
Digital 08-10-2020

EU nations call for ‘soft law solutions’ in future Artificial Intelligence regulation

Fourteen EU countries have set out their position on the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence, urging the European Commission to adopt a "soft law approach".
A conglomeration of French and European publishers' organisations, led by the Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale (APIG) - the organization that had been negotiating with Google - has written to Apple's Tim Cook, highlighting their concerns over the company's terms of service in the App store.
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.
The European Commission is looking for further assurances from US video conferencing platform Zoom regarding the security of its technology
Data protection 07-10-2020

Commission presses Zoom for security assurances but continues to use platform

The European Commission is looking for further assurances from US video conferencing platform Zoom regarding the security of its technology, after concerns emerged earlier this year over the company's privacy protocols.
The EU agency for law enforcement has recognized the increasing difficulty of police authorities in Europe to access data stored on encrypted networks, as the EU itself attempts to find legal solutions that will facilitate police access to protected communications.
Digital 06-10-2020

Europol charts ‘value of accessing data’ in encrypted cybercrime 

The EU agency for law enforcement has recognized the increasing difficulty of police authorities in Europe to access data stored on encrypted networks, as the EU itself attempts to find legal solutions that will facilitate police access to protected communications.
Economy & Jobs 05-10-2020

Europe’s unemployment rate rises for fifth straight month in August

While the unemployment rate in the eurozone reached 8.1% in August, it rose to 7.4% for the bloc as a whole, according to Eurostat. EURACTIV's partner EUROEFE reports.
EU member states which have not assigned 5G spectrum frequencies by the end of 2020 would be in breach of EU law and as a result, could face legal action from the Commission, the EU executive has warned.
5G 01-10-2020

Member states risk ‘breaching EU law’ in 5G delays

EU countries which have not assigned 5G spectrum frequencies by the end of 2020 will be in breach of EU law and could face legal action from the Commission, the EU executive has warned.
Digital 01-10-2020

Health crisis pushes EU into era of digital education 

The European Commission has laid out plans to boost the education of citizens in digital skills across the bloc, as part of a drive that it hopes will aid Europe's long-term economic stability while the continent rebounds from the after-effects of the coronavirus crisis.
The US administration has welcomed reports that Germany is set to take a tougher stance against the Chinese telecommunication's giant Huawei, saying that they would welcome the country into the US's 5G so-called 'clean network' program.
Digital 30-09-2020

US praises German moves to sideline Huawei from 5G networks

The US administration has welcomed reports that Germany is set to take a tougher stance against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, also noting that they would welcome the country into the US's so-called 5G 'clean network' program.
The former chief of disgraced data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, has not disputed accusations that he engaged in unethical commercial practices including 'bribery' and 'voter disengagement campaigns,' in a disqualification undertaking that will see him banned from heading-up companies for seven-years.
Data protection 24-09-2020

Ex-Cambridge Analytica boss admits to ‘unethical services’, accepts seven-year ban

The European Commission is not able to say when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available, EU health chief Stella Kyriakides admitted on Thursday (24 September), even though a senior EU official voiced hope earlier this month that the first vaccine could have market authorisation as early as November.
Economy & Jobs 24-09-2020

Chinese business wants less EU red tape

The Chinese business community in Europe would like to see less 'red tape' and regulatory barriers for its firms on the bloc, but is also open to the idea of offering further opportunities for EU business in China, says Zhou Lihong.
TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.
Data protection 23-09-2020

TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre

TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.
The European Commission has concerns that certain aspects of the UK's data protection regime may change in the future, negatively impacting the safety of EU personal data when transferred to the country, EU executive sources have informed EURACTIV.
Digital 23-09-2020

Commission fears UK data protection regime ‘may change in the future’

The European Commission has concerns that certain aspects of the UK's data protection regime may change in the future and negatively impact the safety of EU personal data when transferred to the country, Commission sources have informed EURACTIV.
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.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

EU must openly discuss Turkey sanctions, says Austria’s EU minister

At the next European summit, Austria wants to speak openly about sanctions against Ankara, including the possibility to break off accession talks with Turkey, the country's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler told EURACTIV Germany.
EU negotiators are closing in on new rules that would put an end to the sale of cyber-surveillance technologies to autocratic regimes worldwide, after the German Presidency of the EU adopted a position more amenable to Parliament counterparts.
Digital 21-09-2020

EU nears conclusion on cyber surveillance export controls

EU negotiators are closing in a deal on new rules that would end the sale of cyber-surveillance technologies to autocratic regimes worldwide.
The European Commission has admitted that there will be a delay on targets to launch 5G telecommunications networks across all EU member states by the end of 2020, owing to postponements in spectrum frequency auctions that have occurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Digital 18-09-2020

Commission concedes delay in 5G deployment across EU

The European Commission has admitted that there will be a delay on targets to launch 5G telecommunications networks across all EU member states by the end of 2020, owing to postponements in spectrum frequency auctions that have occurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
Digital 18-09-2020

EU must ‘proactively’ tackle AI discrimination, Jourová says

The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
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