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Digital 11-09-2018

Legislating with blinkers: the EU’s copyright reform is up for the vote

Europe’s creative sector is without doubt very important to our economy. Over the past decades, it has grown, mainly due to what is arguably Europe’s (and the world’s) most valuable shared economic asset: the internet. Ursula Pachl explains.
Data protection 10-09-2018

Google in France’s firing line as right to be forgotten hearing arrives at ECJ

It may be your right to be forgotten, but that doesn't mean you can't be found. That is the big issue on the cards on Tuesday (11 September) as France's data regulator locks horns with Google in a hearing on the global application of the EU's right to be forgotten ruling.
Digital 08-09-2018

Germany cautious on EU tech tax as France adds ‘sunset clause’

A European Union tax overhaul to raise levies on large digital firms needs a thorough debate although an agreement could still be found by the end of the year, Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Saturday.
#Media4EU 04-09-2018

Europe’s news agencies blast Google, Facebook for ‘plundering’ content

Europe's biggest news agencies accused Google and Facebook of "plundering" news for free on Tuesday (4 September) in a joint statement that called on the internet giants to share more of their revenues with the media.
Energy 22-08-2018

Google ‘taking AI to the next level’ to cut data centre energy use

Google is now allowing its artificial intelligence (AI) system – rather than its staff – to directly control its data centre cooling system as a way of lowering emissions and energy consumption. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Global Europe 20-07-2018

Trump threatens EU for ‘taking advantage’ of the US

US President Donald Trump yesterday (19 July) criticised the European Union over a record $5 billion fine EU antitrust regulators imposed on Google, saying the bloc was taking advantage of the United States.
Google fined, EU Japan signed, and Trump outcry
Politics 20-07-2018

Tweets of the Week: Google fined, EU Japan signed, and Trump outcry

Welcome to EU Tweets of the Week. This week, Google hit with massive fine, Japan and EU sign on the line and Trump-Europe relationship in serious decline.
Competition 18-07-2018

EU keeps Google on the hook following record fine of €4.34 billion

The European Commission slapped Google on Wednesday (18 July) with a record fine of €4.34 billion for abusing its dominant position and said it would continue to investigate as a “top priority” Google's other businesses for possible additional breaches of market rules. The company said it would appeal.
Competition 17-07-2018

EU to slam Google with record fine ahead of Juncker US visit

Google is set to face a record-busting EU antitrust fine this week over its Android mobile operating system but rivals hoping that an order to halt unfair business practices will help them may be disappointed.
Digital 09-07-2018

Commission vs. Android: Killing the cow for a steak

Competition is what makes the world a better place, not intelligent design by God or by bureaucrats. Therefore, protecting competition is one of the key responsibilities of the European Commission. But in the case of Android, it is about to make a huge mistake, writes Žiga Turk.
Competition 27-06-2018

Vestager: ‘I’d like a Facebook that I pay, with full privacy’

In an exclusive interview, the EU's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, told EURACTIV.com that the US social network Facebook is on her radar screen but not the e-commerce giant Amazon, which is also suspected of abusing its dominant position.
Data protection 20-06-2018

Negotiators reach quick agreement on law banning data localisation

EU negotiators sealed an agreement that will allow non-personal data to move freely across the bloc and ban national laws that require companies to store data within a country’s borders.
Digital 20-06-2018

Controversial copyright overhaul passes Parliament committee, still faces political fight

A sweeping, controversial copyright reform bill passed through the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on Wednesday (20 June), but the legislation could still be toppled during a make-or-break vote in the full chamber’s plenary session next month.
Data protection 25-05-2018

Silicon Valley giants hit with first complaints on day one of GDPR

Big American technology companies were the first to be hit with complaints for how they handle users’ personal information under the new EU data protection regulation known as GDPR.
#Media4EU 08-05-2018

News agencies hail ‘major step’ by EU to make net giants pay for news

News agencies welcomed Monday (7 May) what they called a "major step" by the EU parliament's legal committee asking internet giants to pay for press articles.
Elections 30-04-2018

Macron digital tax plan faces EU rebuff

French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious plans for an EU digital tax targeting US tech giants such as Google or Facebook faced strong headwinds on Saturday (28 April), provoking anger from Paris.
Digital 26-04-2018

Online platforms under fire as EU pushes for transparency on search results

Online platforms ranging from ecommerce retailers like Amazon to search engines including Google will be forced to reveal the criteria they use to display search results, under a new European Commission proposal.
Competition 19-04-2018

EU antitrust chief says investigation of Google’s Android, AdSense is advancing

Investigations into how Google may be using its Android smartphone operating system and its AdSense advertising service to thwart rivals are advancing, Europe's antitrust chief said on Wednesday (18 April), amid concern about the lengthy proceedings.
Automated vehicles 03-04-2018

Cities’ backlash against big tech is only starting

American tech giants like Google and Uber are facing backlash from regulators across Europe---and increasingly from city governments.
Brexit 27-03-2018

Would Brexit have come about without Cambridge Analytica?

Christopher Wylie, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica, said British voters would not have chosen to leave the EU in such large numbers without the coordinated action of far-right networks that lent a hand to the Leave.eu campaign. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Digital 21-03-2018

New EU tax on tech giants’ revenue is not ‘anti-US’, Moscovici insists

After half a year of intense debate and bickering between member states, the European Commission proposed on Wednesday (21 March) a new system for taxing digital companies that will charge large firms 3% of their revenue and will hit US tech giants like Google and Facebook.
Economy & Jobs 16-03-2018

OECD report stokes last-minute criticism of EU digital tax plan

The OECD warned on Friday (16 March) against the European Commission’s plan to propose a new tax next week targeting digital companies, arguing that it may cause economic distortion and raise business costs.
Digital 15-03-2018

EU telecoms regulators examine whether app stores restrict internet access

European telecoms regulators are investigating whether app stores restrict internet access by limiting their users’ choice of content, the chair of the umbrella group of EU watchdogs said on Wednesday (14 March).
Digital 12-03-2018

Commission expert group pressures tech platforms to stop ‘fake news’ advertising

An expert group advising the European Commission on so-called fake news wants tech giants to be more transparent about their advertising revenue. Their new report pressures social media firms like Facebook and Twitter to deal with the spread of false information on their platforms.