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Digital & Media 05-05-2021

Facebook fears regulators’ competing demands for privacy, transparency

Facebook is in favour of more regulation but is concerned that platforms could be forced in "diametrically opposed directions" in terms of privacy and transparency requirements, Nick Clegg, the platform's vice president for global affairs, has said. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 20-04-2021

Associations urge Zuckerberg to scrap ‘Instagram for kids’ project

Several associations have called on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to put an end to his plans, said to be devised in the name of child protection, to develop an app similar to Instagram but aimed at children under the age of 13. EURACTIV France reports.
Facebook has told the Irish Data Protection Commission that a breach involving the personal information of 533 million users worldwide took place prior to the entry into force of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, and therefore the company 'chose not to notify' the violation to the authorities.
Data protection 06-04-2021

Facebook to Irish data body: 533 million user breach took place before GDPR

Facebook has told the Irish Data Protection Commission that a breach involving the personal information of 533 million users worldwide took place prior to the entry into force of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation in 2018, and the company...
Data protection 01-04-2021

French data watchdog to start checking cookie policy compliance

France's data protection watchdog CNIL will from Thursday (1 April) begin conducting checks to ensure websites are in compliance with new guidelines on advertising trackers after the deadline it granted expired. EURACTIV France reports.
Facebook has told Irish lawmakers that proposed new rules in the country to regulate online political advertising should be held off until the European Commission presents its own legislation in the field.
Digital & Media 30-03-2021

Facebook urges Ireland to hold off on political ads rules until EU legislation

Facebook has told Irish lawmakers that proposed new rules in the country to regulate online political advertising should be held off until the European Commission presents its own legislation in the field.
The European Court of Justice has been asked to clarify whether Germany's competition authority can order Facebook to put a halt to its data collection practices, due to concerns over alleged abuse of its dominant position and violations of EU data protection law.  
Data protection 24-03-2021

German legal dispute over Facebook data use sent to European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has been asked to clarify whether Germany's competition authority was right to order Facebook to halt its data collection practices, due to concerns over alleged abuse of its dominant market position and violations of EU data protection law.
Digital & Media 23-03-2021

Reporters Without Borders files complaint against Facebook for ‘deceptive commercial practices’

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a complaint against Facebook for "deceptive commercial practices" on Monday (22 March), accusing the social media giant of not respecting its commitments related to fighting disinformation and moderating online hate, particularly targeting journalists. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 11-03-2021

Google to raise advertising fees to offset French, Spanish GAFA tax

In an email to French and Spanish advertisers last week, Google announced a 3% increase in advertising rates on its platform from May, to cover what has been termed the 'GAFA tax' in force in both countries. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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.