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EU Elections 2019 15-02-2019

Ahead of EU polls, Facebook voids accounts targeting Moldovan election

Facebook Inc said on Thursday (14 February) it had disrupted an attempt to influence voters in Moldova, increasing concerns that EU elections in May could be prey to malign activity.
Data protection 08-02-2019

Germany to restrict Facebook’s data gathering activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent.
#Media4EU 01-02-2019

News media lobbies Merkel, Macron on copyright reform

European news media associations wrote to French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (31 January) to push for action on online copyright reform.
Data protection 31-01-2019

Apple bans Facebook from tech tools for tracking teen browsing habits

Apple said on Wednesday (30 January) it had banned Facebook from a program designed to let businesses control iPhones used by their employees, claiming the social networking company had improperly used it to track the web-browsing habits of teenagers.
Data protection 30-01-2019

EU Commission hits out at Facebook’s disinformation report

European Commission Security Chief Julian King criticised the "patchy, opaque and self-selecting" reporting provided by Facebook and other tech giants following their bids to comply with the EU's code of practice against disinformation on Tuesday (29 January).
Data protection 28-01-2019

Facebook doesn’t have all the answers, says Clegg, as social media giant clamps down on political ads

Facebook users looking to run paid-for political advertisements will be required to abide by a set of new rules in the run-up to the European elections, the head of the social media giant's global affairs Nick Clegg said on Monday (28 January).
Digital 11-01-2019

Cambridge Analytica parent firm hit with new UK penalty

The parent firm of Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections Ltd, has been hit with a fresh fine of £15,000 (€16,500) including costs, for failing to comply with an enforcement notice delivered by the UK's data protection authority, the Information Commissioner's Office.
Digital 03-01-2019

2019 LOOKAHEAD: Towards a ‘Techno-ethics’

2019 is likely to prove the dawn of a 'Techno-ethics' in which consumers will expect their rights to be respected in the digital realm as they are in everyday life and legislators will oblige tech giants to play by the same rules as the wider industry.
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.