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Digital 12-02-2021

French parliament adopts new rules to combat hate online

France's National Assembly adopted on Thursday (11 February) a series of articles and amendments for regulating hate online and on platforms and introduced steep penalties, as part of the country's much-debated bill on "reinforcing respect for the principles of the Republic". EURACTIV France reports.
The European Central Bank (ECB) has issued a stark warning on the involvement of Big Tech firms in cryptocurrency projects, warning that such could jeopardise privacy, create further risks to fair competition and even 'endanger monetary sovereignty.'
Digital 11-02-2021

ECB issues stark warning on Big Tech cryptocurrency projects

The European Central Bank (ECB) has issued a stark warning on the involvement of Big Tech firms in cryptocurrency projects, cautioning that such moves could jeopardise privacy, create further risks to competition and even "endanger monetary sovereignty".
The EU should prohibit targeted advertising as part of new rules against Big Tech platforms in the bloc's Digital Services Act, the EU's institutional data protection watchdog has said.
Digital 10-02-2021

Prohibit targeted advertising in Digital Services Act, EU data watchdog says

The EU should prohibit targeted advertising as part of new rules against Big Tech platforms in the bloc's Digital Services Act, the EU's institutional data protection watchdog has said.
Digital 14-01-2021

German law aims to tackle the market power of digital giants

Germany is modernising its competition law to stand up to digital corporations. In the future, the Cartel Office will be able to act faster and tougher when companies dominate the market. Europe can learn from this. EURACTIV Germany reports.
he Chair of Parliament’s Internal Market Committee spoke to EURACTIV recently about the EU's Digital Services Act.
Digital 11-01-2021

MEP Cavazzini: Social media response to US riots raises new questions for EU tech rules

Members of the European Parliament have a renewed duty to address the thorny issue of regulating social media content, in the wake of last week’s Capitol Hill riots, the chair of Parliament’s Internal Market committee has said.
Data protection 11-12-2020

German competition body opens joint case against Facebook, Oculus

Germany's Federal Competition Authority has opened additional proceedings against Facebook. This time it involves the virtual reality glasses of the Oculus brand, as it is planned that only Facebook users will be allowed to use these glasses in future. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 10-12-2020

Facebook faces US lawsuits that could force sale of Instagram, WhatsApp

Facebook Inc could be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram after the US Federal Trade Commission and nearly every US state filed lawsuits against the social media company.
The scope of online platforms that will come under new regulatory prohibitions as part of the Commission's forthcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA) will be narrowly targeted to a set of 'big operators,' the EU executive has revealed.
Digital 09-12-2020

Blacklist prohibitions to be ‘very limited’ to large platforms, Commission says

The scope of online platforms that will come under new regulatory prohibitions as part of the  European Commission's forthcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA) will be narrowly targeted to a set of 'big operators,' the EU executive has revealed.
Digital 26-11-2020

France to levy tax on digital giants before Biden administration takes office

France confirmed on Wednesday it will levy its tax on digital giants for 2020, following a warning by Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire in October that it would do so. With this decision, however, it risks US countermeasures at a time when it is scrambling for public money amid a devastating pandemic. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
The EU's Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has disclosed details on the forthcoming criteria for the definition of so-called 'gatekeeper platforms' as part of the hotly-anticipated Digital Markets Act, set to be proposed by the EU executive in early December.
Digital 26-11-2020

Breton reveals details on gatekeeper criteria in Digital Markets Act

The EU's Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has disclosed details on the forthcoming criteria for the definition of so-called 'gatekeeper platforms' as part of the hotly-anticipated Digital Markets Act, set to be proposed by the EU executive in early December.
Digital 13-11-2020

Austrian court orders Facebook to delete same and similar hate postings worldwide

Austria's Supreme Court of Justice of Justice has decided that Facebook will have to delete 'hate postings' against former Green party leader Eva Glawischnig, not only in Austria but also worldwide. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 09-11-2020

EU states ponder means to access encrypted data

EU member states want more competences to be able to look into messages with end-to-end encryption, according to the draft Council decisions which has been made available to EURACTIV Germany.
The EU has the power to execute a potential breakup of global Big Tech giants, but it is not currently the "right thing to do," the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager has said. Vestager's position puts her at odds with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, with reports surfacing that the Frenchman would like to keep the option of 'structural separations'  of the Big Tech giants on the table.
Digital 27-10-2020

Vestager distances Commission from option of ‘Big Tech Breakups’

The EU has the power to execute a potential breakup of global Big Tech giants, but it is not currently the "right thing to do," the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager, 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.
Digital 05-10-2020

Facebook, Belgian watchdog face off over who should police company

Facebook and Belgium’s privacy watchdog sparred on Monday at Europe’s top court over which data protection authority has the power to police the U.S. social media giant in a case that could escalate its privacy fights across the EU.
Digital 30-09-2020

Commission mulls restrictions on platform data use in Digital Services Act 

Platform giants will be prohibited from using the data they collect online unless they make this data available for use by smaller platforms, according to a draft of blacklisted practices, seen by EURACTIV, as part of the European Commission's forthcoming Digital Services Act.
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.
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.
Digital 15-09-2020

Irish High court freezes probe into Facebook’s EU-U.S. data flows

Ireland’s High Court on Monday temporarily froze a probe by Facebook’s lead European Union regulator that threatened to halt the U.S. social media giant’s transatlantic data flows, a court spokesman said.
Economy & Jobs 11-09-2020

Big euro economies push for strong cryptocurrency rules

The finance ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain called on the European Commission to include “strong rules” in its upcoming cryptocurrency proposal, in particular for global digital tokens like Facebook’s Libra.
As part of public consultations which closed at midnight on Tuesday (September 8), industry behemoths and lobbies, civil society representatives, charities, public authorities, and academics all took the opportunity to have their say on the EU's bid to radically transform the regulatory landscape for digital services, both as part of the DSA and the foreseen 'New Competition Tool.'
Digital 09-09-2020

Stakeholders jockey for influence in EU’s bid to regulate digital services

A broad spectrum of stakeholders have spoken out on EU plans to regulate the online ecosystem as part of its forthcoming Digital Services Act package, with fierce jockeying over the extent to which the EU will introduce new rules for the digital economy.
French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire criticised Apple's market dominance in the EU on Tuesday, and said that the bloc's 'New Competition Tool' should rectify market imbalances in the digital economy.
Digital 08-09-2020

Le Maire hits out at Apple’s market dominance in EU

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire criticised the dominance of foreign firms in European marketplaces on Tuesday (8 September), directly referencing US tech giant Apple's power in the digital arena and calling for the creation of more 'European champions.'
Europe's online marketplaces shouldn't be controlled by a small handful of dominant gatekeeper platforms, the EU's Digital Chief Margarethe Vestager has said, referring to her bid to reign in the market dominance of tech giants through the EU's forthcoming new competition tool.
Digital 08-09-2020

Vestager: Gatekeeper platforms shouldn’t control Europe’s online marketplaces

Europe's online marketplaces should not be controlled by a handful of dominant gatekeeper platforms, the EU's digital chief Margarethe Vestager has said, referring to her bid to reign in the market dominance of tech giants through the EU's forthcoming new competition tool.
Facebook billboard in the Chicago airport reminding people to watch out for fake accounts. Facebook have accused Russia of propagating disinformation to the EU and the West.
Digital 02-09-2020

Europe and West targeted by further Russian disinformation efforts, Facebook says

A fresh spate of coordinated disinformation campaigns emanating from Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) has sought to target Western and European targets, Facebook has said.
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