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Digital 10-12-2018

French ‘yellow vests’ caught up in social networks

As it enters its fourth week of protest, France’s ‘yellow vest’ movement continues to be active on Facebook. While the social network has allowed the movement to grow, Facebook is struggling to create a structure for the movement. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 07-12-2018

MEPs back fair-play rules for platforms and operating systems

MEPs backed rules to force online platforms to be more transparent and fair to business clients on Thursday (6 December), with some members voicing frustration at the fact that operating systems are to be included in the scope of the regulation.
Data protection 06-12-2018

Facebook gave data on user’s friends to certain companies – documents

Facebook Inc offered some companies, including Netflix and Airbnb, access to data about users’ friends it did not make available to most other apps in 2015, according to documents released by a British lawmaker who said the social media company dodged questions about privacy practices and market dominance.
Digital 04-12-2018

France and Germany aim to keep digital tax alive with new proposal

France and Germany sought on Monday (3 December) to salvage a proposed EU tax on big digital firms by narrowing the focus to cover only companies' online advertising revenue, a European source said.
Politics 30-11-2018

Tweets of the Week: Brexit fatigue, net zero, and where’s Zuckerberg?

Brexit fatigue sets in swiftly, climate targets net zero by 2050, and no show Zuckerberg looks incredibly shifty.
Data protection 23-11-2018

Facebook to pay €100m in Italian fiscal accord, while appealing UK fine

Facebook has agreed to pay more than €100 million to end a fiscal fraud dispute, Italian tax authorities said on Thursday (23 October). The announcement came as the social media giant pledged to appeal against an October fine of around €565,000 from the UK's data protection authority.
Data protection 07-11-2018

Facebook referred to EU watchdog over targeting, fake ads

Britain's information watchdog has asked Facebook's lead European regulator to investigate how the company targets, monitors and shows adverts to users, saying it was concerned about some practices at the world's biggest social network.
Digital 06-11-2018

Stark divisions among member states in EU digital tax plans

EU finance ministers remain divided over a raft of issues in the European Commission's digital services tax (DST) plans after a meeting on Tuesday (6 November) drew attention to a plethora of challenges in reaching a consensus.
Digital 30-10-2018

UK takes lead in digital tax standoff but diverts from EU plans

The UK is to roll out a digital services tax (DST) for tech giants from April 2020 in a move that breaks an international stalemate on the subject. The rates, however, differ substantially from the EU’s own DST plans.
Data protection 26-10-2018

Fighting digital authoritarianism: three proposals on how to tackle online interference

Our democracies in Europe are under attack from all sides – and online manipulations through fake news are at the heart of this threat.

Data protection 25-10-2018

Facebook hit with UK’s maximum fine as EU officials praise privacy efforts

Senior EU officials extolled the successes of the bloc’s data protection regulations on Thursday (25 October), as Facebook was fined £500,000 for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Digital 24-10-2018

US should ‘follow EU’ in privacy legislation, Apple chief says

Tim Cook, head of tech giant Apple, has rallied the US to “follow the lead” of the EU in privacy rules, saying that humanity is living amid a “data industrial complex” in which “our own information is being weaponised against us with military efficiency”.
Data protection 24-10-2018

Apple’s Cook set to back strong privacy laws in Europe, US at Brussels event

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is expected to praise new European privacy rules and to voice the company’s support for strong laws in Europe and the United States to protect the use of data, according to prepared remarks for delivery at a Brussels event.
Digital 19-10-2018

‘Enough excuses!’ France’s Le Maire grows impatient over digital tax

Europe has talked long enough about whether to make internet giants like Google, Apple and Facebook pay more taxes and it is time for a decision, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday (18 October).
Digital 16-10-2018

EU code of practice on fake news: Tech giants sign the dotted line

Tech giants including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Mozilla have submitted plans to the European Commission outlining how they will abide by a code of practice against fake news, amid opposition on the proposals from a multistakeholder forum.
Digital 12-10-2018

Digital tax to come by Christmas, Moscovici says

The EU's Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has rallied the cause for an EU-wide digital tax to be rolled out in time for Christmas, amid a raft of opposition on the plans from member states, legal experts and industry associations.
Data protection 10-10-2018

EU privacy chief expects first round of fines under new law by year-end

Regulators are set to exercise their new powers by handing out fines and even temporary bans on companies that breach a new EU privacy law, with the first round of sanctions expected by the end of the year, the bloc’s privacy chief said.
Digital 09-10-2018

EU digital tax: MEPs call for higher rates

The European Commission should consider increasing the proposed rates in the controversial digital tax plans, MEPs from the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs committee suggested on Tuesday (9 October).
Digital 09-10-2018

Ireland joins growing list of EU digital tax opponents

The European Commission's proposal to oblige tech firms to pay a 3% levy on revenues faced a further setback on Sunday (7 September), as Ireland joined a growing list of member states opposing the measures.
Cybersecurity 01-10-2018

Will Weber take a hammer to Facebook’s social media monopoly?

EPP MEP and lead candidate for Jean-Claude Junker's job as the next European Commission president, Manfred Weber, threw down the gauntlet on Friday (28 September), suggesting that he may support a breakup of Facebook and Whatsapp.
Cybersecurity 01-10-2018

Pressure mounts on Facebook after massive data breach

The EU's Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová has put pressure on Facebook to disclose further details of the massive security breach that impacted around fifty million users last week.
Cybersecurity 28-09-2018

Facebook unearths security breach affecting 50 million users

Facebook Inc said on Friday (28 September) that hackers had discovered a security flaw that allowed them to take over up to 50 million user accounts, a major breach that adds to a bruising year for the company’s reputation.
Digital 26-09-2018

Disinformation crackdown: Tech giants commit to EU code of practice

A group of tech giants including Google, Facebook and Mozilla have agreed to abide by landmark new standards set out by the European Commission in the battle against the dissemination of fake news across the EU.
Digital 20-09-2018

‘Channel of dirt’: Jourová describes her Facebook experience

Facebook came in for heavy criticism on Thursday (20 September), as EU justice chief Věra Jourová shone a light on her own Facebook experience as well as the issue of the tech giant's non-compliance with EU consumer rules.