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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.
Economy & Jobs 18-07-2019

G7 says Facebook’s Libra poses ‘serious risks’

The G7 listed on Thursday (18 July) the requirements Facebook’s new ‘coin' Libra should meet, as regulators are increasingly wary of the “serious risks” posed by this digital currency.
Economy & Jobs 17-07-2019

Le Maire: ‘Capitalism is in a dead end, must reinvent itself’

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire is determined to chair an “efficient” meeting with his colleagues of the G7 countries on Wednesday and Thursday. His goal is no less than to refound capitalism. As a first step, he wants to reach an agreement on the main features of digital tax, to pave the way for an international compromise by early next year.
Digital 04-07-2019

Digital Brief: Von der Leyen’s censorship worries

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Data protection 04-07-2019

Facebook, privacy activist Schrems face off in July 9 court hearing

Facebook will face Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems next week at Europe’s top court in a landmark case that could affect how hundreds of thousands of companies transfer personal data worldwide as well as Europeans’ privacy rights.
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 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 27-06-2019

Digital Brief: She hates the United States

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
Global Europe 27-06-2019

Trump takes aim at Vestager: ‘She hates the US’

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (26 June) suggested the European Union was out of line in "suing" US technology companies like Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google, saying legal action against those firms should be the purview of the United States.
Digital 24-06-2019

Clegg: Facebook to set up its own ‘court’ for content moderation

Facebook has plans to establish an independent oversight board "analogous to a court," that will have the power to make decisions on what content should be removed from the platform, the company's Head of Global Policy, Nick Clegg, announced on Monday (24 April).
Data protection 23-06-2019

European central bankers claim oversight over Facebook’s cryptocurrency

Three European central bankers are claiming oversight over Facebook’s planned virtual currency to ensure it will not jeopardise the financial system or be used to launder money.
Digital 20-06-2019

Digital Brief: Facebook’s crypto concerns

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Any further concentration of personal data poses additional risks to the rights and freedoms of individuals.” – European Data Protection...
Digital 17-06-2019

Facebook to work with ‘trustworthy’ media after Russian fake news offensive

Facebook said it will enable “trustworthy” news publishers to generate additional revenue on its social media site, following EU accusations of Russian meddling in last month's European election campaign.
Digital 06-06-2019

Digital Brief: The power of online platforms

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. 
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).
Competition 03-06-2019

French economy ministry wants to overhaul EU competition policies

The French Ministry of Economy wants to change competition practices and trade policy in Europe. Its proposals also aim to tackle new digital conglomerates. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 03-06-2019

Irish Supreme Court rejects Facebook bid to block ECJ data case

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will hear a landmark privacy case regarding the transfer of EU citizens’ data to the United States in July, after Facebook’s bid to stop its referral was blocked by Ireland’s Supreme Court on Friday (31 May).
Digital 30-05-2019

Digital Brief: ‘No letting down the guard’

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Digital 23-05-2019

Digital Brief: Far-right falsities

It’s election time. With the Brits and the Dutch heading to the polls today, the big news of the week is the story that Facebook has removed around 80 pages spreading fake news or using tactics aimed at unfairly influencing the polls.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

Facebook shuts dozens of fake-news pages ahead of EU vote

Facebook has taken down nearly 80 pages spreading fake news or using tactics that appeared aimed at unfairly influencing the European Parliament vote this weekend, an NGO reported Wednesday (22 May).
Cybersecurity 17-05-2019

Christchurch Call: EU struggling to get anti-terror measures right

New Zealand and France gathered states and social media organisations around the same table on Wednesday (15 May) to take joint action against terror online. The EU has been negotiating a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online for months, but critics find it too restrictive and fear censorship. EURACTIV Germany reports
Data protection 14-05-2019

User data on the Internet: Manipulation as a business model

European election campaigns are well underway and online votes are also being sought. In such situations, the temptation to misuse data is great, as the Cambridge Analytica scandal in the US elections demonstrated. In the EU, parties have also long relied on advanced data analysis, but is this still legal? EURACTIV Germany talked to a communication expert.
EU Elections 2019 13-05-2019

Facebook takes down fake Italian accounts ahead of EU election

Facebook said on Sunday (12 May) it had taken down numerous Italian accounts on its platform that were false or were spreading fake news ahead of a European parliamentary election later this month.
Data protection 10-05-2019

Vestager calls for more access to data for smaller platforms

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager made a suggestion at the re:publica conference in Berlin: "Access to data has to be redesigned so that newcomers can compete with big tech giants".  In a discussion with EURACTIV, she also drew parallels with a recent complaint by Spotify and similar lawsuits. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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