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Technology 13-05-2022

Tech Brief: the encryption question, NIS2 agreed, platform workers’ battle

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Today’s proposal sets clear obligations for companies to detect and report the abuse of children, with strong safeguards guaranteeing...
Technology 11-05-2022

Google launches tool to extend licensing deals to more EU publishers

Google has struck licensing deals with more than 300 EU news publications and launched a tool to extend agreements to other outlets, the company announced on Wednesday (11 May).
Technology 04-05-2022

German competition authority tightens its grip on Meta

Stricter antitrust measures can be taken against US giant Meta, Germany's Bundeskartellamt announced on Wednesday (4 May), after similar measures were taken toward Google. Meanwhile, Germany is lobbying for stricter EU competition rules.
Technology 02-05-2022

Google urges court to scrap $1.6 bln EU antitrust fine

Alphabet unit Google on Monday urged Europe's second-highest court to dismiss a 1.49-billion-euro ($1.6 billion) fine imposed by EU antitrust regulators three years ago for hindering rivals in online search advertising.
Technology 08-04-2022

Digital Brief: Google’s new cookies policy, CJEU slams data retention in Ireland, France

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Narratives borrowed from the Kremlin’s playbook [have] resurfaced in Chinese state-controlled channels” -EUvsDisinfo    Story of the week: Google...
Data protection 08-04-2022

German regulator welcomes Google’s ‘reject all’ cookie button plan

Google's plans to include a "reject all" button on cookie banners after its existing policy violated EU law was welcomed by Hamburg's top data protection official, who presented his activity report on Thursday (7 April). EURACTIV Germany reports.
copyright 04-04-2022

Corint Media sues Microsoft for €20m over press content use

Corint Media has enforced the press publishers’ right against Microsoft - a legal action that comes after over two years of discussions on the licensing of press content use, for which Corint demands a multiple of Microsoft’s offer.
Technology 01-04-2022

Digital Brief: DSA fourth trilogue, DMA diverging views, France’s fine for Google

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Step by step we are getting closer to a deal. Still issues we don’t agree on, but hopefully we...
Data protection 29-03-2022

Google fined 2 mln euros in France for abusive commercial practices

A court in France fined Google two million euros on Monday (28 March) for the "significant imbalances" that the company has created with application developers through clauses deemed unfair.
Technology 28-03-2022

French presidential election: consensus among candidates on European tech protectionism

"Buy European Act" or not, the presidential candidates agree on the need to direct more public procurement towards European digital actors in order to be able, one day maybe, to fight on equal terms against the American or Chinese giants.

Breaking digital dominance

Today’s expected agreement on the Digital Markets Act is essential to crack market dominance in digital markets. However, if negotiators fail to agree on effective tools to get under the skin of the underlying business model of advertising, we risk not only stifling of innovation and poor data protection but on top of that also societal harms, such as disinformation and hate speech, write René Repasi and Paul Tang.
Technology 22-03-2022

What will Europe’s digital economy look like after the Digital Services Act?

Rewatch this EURACTIV Debate to find out about the DSA and its impact on Europe’s digital economy. Discussed questions included: - What will change for users of online services? - Will online marketplaces continue to function effectively with the proposed KYBC and product requirements? - How will ‘user redress’ work? - What effect will content moderation requirements have on user content? - Can the data protection and data access requirements operate in parallel? - What will digital advertising look like?
Technology 11-03-2022

Digital Brief: health data space, Russian internet sovereignty, DMA’s final rush

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
Technology 11-03-2022

EU, UK launch parallel antitrust probe on Google-Meta ad tech deal

The European Commission launched on Friday (11 March) a competition investigation into whether Google and Meta had violated EU antitrust law in their use of online display advertising, in parallel with the UK’s Competition Market Authority's own probe.
Technology 08-03-2022

EU governments call on online platform to scale up fact-checking efforts

EU telecoms ministers have urged digital companies to ensure their anti-disinformation capacity is adequate in Central Eastern Europe, a primary target of Russian hybrid warfare.
Technology 02-03-2022

Apple halts sales in Russia in response to Ukraine invasion

Apple will stop selling its products on Russian soil following calls from Ukraine in response to the war Russia has launched against the country. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 22-02-2022

Google Analytics’ competitors foretaste business boost following privacy debacles

Alternatives to Google Analytics could stand to benefit if the rest of the EU decides - like the Austrian and French data protection authorities already have - that the tool can no longer be used because it does not comply with EU privacy standards.
Technology 16-02-2022

Google to change privacy policy on Android under UK’s competition oversight

Google is expanding its Privacy Sandbox to Android devices and the UK's antitrust watchdog is set to play a crucial role in ensuring that the tech giant does not abuse its market dominance in the process.
Media 15-02-2022

Meta launches Facebook News in France

Meta has launched its Facebook News service in France, which will centralise news from around 100 media outlets from across the country and will be gradually rolled out from Tuesday (15 February) until all users can access it in May.
Technology 11-02-2022

European publishers launch competition case against Google 

The European Publishers Council (EPC) has filed a competition complaint against Google over what it describes as the tech company’s “stranglehold” on other businesses in the ad tech ecosystem.
Technology 11-02-2022

Digital Brief powered by Google: Chips Act, Google Analytics strike two

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “With the European Chips Act, we are putting out the investments and the strategy. But the key to our...
Data protection 10-02-2022

France joins Austria in finding Google Analytics illegal

Google does not sufficiently guarantee it protects European's data gathered via Google Analytics, France's data watchdog CNIL announced on Thursday (10 February). With Austria having recently issued a similar decision, the days of Google Analytics in Europe could be numbered. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 07-02-2022

France reaffirms call for ‘EU tech awakening’

France reaffirmed its ambition to see the emergence of tech giants on European soil on Monday during the first day of the EU Digital Sovereignty Conference on Monday (7 February) in Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 04-02-2022

French operators urge large platforms to contribute to network costs

French telecom operators presented a list of grievances and 15 proposals to candidates in the presidential race on Thursday (3 February), including the proposal for "major digital content providers" to contribute to the "costs of networks to ensure their economic and environmental sustainability". EURACTIV France reports.