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Digital 15-06-2020

Media calls on EU to crack down on online disinformation

Broadcasters, publishers and journalists called on the European Commission on Monday (15 June) to implement "much stronger measures" to combat disinformation on internet platforms such as Google and Facebook.
Digital 09-06-2020

German COVID-19 app ‘clean’ but still lacks legal basis, experts say

Next week, Germany will present its so-called "Corona-Warn-App", Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has announced. However, while the public source code seems to be clean, data protection advocates still demand a legal basis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 11-05-2020

Commission to contract €600,000 study on gatekeeping power of digital platforms

The European Commission is to contract a study on the gatekeeping, or market-dominating, power of digital platforms in a bid to gather evidence which could feed into the upcoming Digital Services Act, documents seen by EURACTIV reveal.
Digital 17-03-2020

Big tech could do better at protecting the environment

Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, known as 'GAFAM' in France, say they are protecting the environment, but that's not the point. Partly responsible for the carbon impact of digital technology, these multinationals are mainly trying to minimise damage. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Digital 16-03-2020

Google says it is developing a nationwide coronavirus website

Alphabet’s Google said on Saturday (14 March) that it was working with the U.S. government to develop a nationwide website that would help Americans with questions about coronavirus symptoms, risk factors and testing.
Digital 04-03-2020

EU Rapid Alert System used amid coronavirus disinformation campaign

An EU instrument designed to monitor serious cases of disinformation has been triggered following a series of online campaigns surrounding the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has confirmed.
Data protection 20-02-2020

Google confirms plans to move UK users’ accounts outside EU jurisdiction

Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under US jurisdiction instead, the company confirmed late on Wednesday (19 February).
Digital 19-02-2020

Google users in UK to lose EU data protection – sources

Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.
Digital 12-02-2020

Google vs EU: a decade-long saga goes to court

Google and the EU have a big day in court Wednesday (12 February) as the search engine giant enters a new phase of a legal saga that began a decade ago.
Digital 11-02-2020

Google’s holiday rental service under fire as 40 rivals urge EU antitrust action

Alphabet unit Google faces the risk of more EU antitrust problems after 40 rivals on both sides of the Atlantic accused it of favouring its own vacation rental service on its search engine and urged European Union enforcers to take action.
Digital 06-02-2020

LEAK: Digital services face EU competition crackdown

The European Commission is mulling over measures to bolster competition rules for digital services in order to rein in the dominance of global tech giants and foster "technologies that work for people", a draft communication obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Data protection 04-02-2020

Google hit by Irish data protection probe

The Irish Data Protection Commission has announced that they have launched a formal investigation of Google due to concerns over the way the company processes user location data.
Digital 20-01-2020

‘International alignment’ required on future AI rules, Google chief says

Google chief Sundar Pichai has called for 'international alignment' and 'an agreement on core values' in the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence. But positions of the EU and the US on the issue diverge, following the recent leak of European Commission papers detailing a crackdown on facial recognition technologies.
Politics 22-11-2019

Tweets of the Week: Google Ads, Green Deal Protests, Tusks New Job

Google brings political advertisers to heel, Wemove.EU calls for European Green Deal, and Donald Tusk greets new job with zeal.
copyright 20-11-2019

Vestager takes aim at ‘biopower’ of tech giants 

Global tech giants have been sowing the seeds of an economy predicated on 'biopower', amid the EU's attempts to rein in their dominance, the bloc's Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Digital 29-10-2019

EU mulls disinformation regulation but admits alert system has ‘never been triggered’

The case for the EU regulation of online disinformation "will be evaluated" in the coming months ahead of a decision in early 2020, a Commission official revealed on Tuesday (29 October). At the same time, the EU's executive conceded that its disinformation alert system has never been triggered.
Digital 26-09-2019

Digital Brief: Copyright Commotion

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Google’s decision is not just regrettable. It is disrespectful of the spirit of the European directive and the...
Digital 26-09-2019

Copyright directive ‘not in danger’ EU says, following Google backlash

The European Commission has assured those involved that the EU's controversial copyright directive is "not in danger," following Google's announcement that it will avoid renumerating content creators by implementing technical changes to the way it displays news online.
copyright 25-09-2019

Google is like a ‘digital dictatorship’, says EU copyright rapporteur

In an interview with EURACTIV'S media partner EuroEFE, German MEP Axel Voss, rapporteur for the controversial European "copyright" directive, defends the need to combat monopolies on the Internet, including that of the US giant Google.
Digital 25-09-2019

Google wants to bypass France’s neighbouring rights

Google, the American digital giant, does not want to pay its due when the EU copyright directive comes into force in France. The online platform prefers to modify Google News rather than pay online news publishers. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 24-09-2019

Google wins landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case in blow for privacy advocates

Google has fended off a landmark legal challenge from the French data protection authority after the EU's top court ruled that the search engine giant does not have to apply 'right to be forgotten' rules globally.
Digital 13-09-2019

Google agrees on $1 billion tax settlement with France

US internet giant Google has agreed a settlement totalling $1 billion to end a tax dispute in France under an agreement announced in court on Thursday (12 September).
Data protection 05-09-2019

Digital Brief: Big decisions

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “There are some big decisions to make.” US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, speaking about Huawei,...
Data protection 05-09-2019

Google siphoning personal data to advertisers, new evidence suggests

Google is using a "surreptitious mechanism" to leak personal data to advertisers, according to new evidence presented to the Irish Data Protection Commission as part of an ongoing investigation.
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