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#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.
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Digital 22-02-2018

European data centres: Supporting growth in Europe

Technology is changing the economy - not just in the bigger cities but also in regions across Europe.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2018

Moscovici asks tech industry to be ‘part of the solution’ before digital tax proposal

Pierre Moscovici, the EU Tax Commissioner, warned a tech industry conference on Tuesday (20 February) that he is determined to introduce new legislation to tax digital companies next month.
Digital 15-02-2018

Consumer watchdogs want fines against Twitter and Facebook for breaking EU rules

Consumer watchdogs have called for the European Commission to introduce a minimum fine against companies that break EU rules, after Facebook and Twitter failed to reform their user terms.
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, president of the Article 29 Working Party
Data protection 08-02-2018

Falque-Pierrotin leaves top EU post before dawn of ‘new era’ for privacy

EU regulators have forced tech giants to comply with the bloc's strict data protection rules. But when Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin took over as top EU privacy watchdog in 2014, she said the mostly American companies were ignorant about Europe’s strict standards and thought "the world is uniform".
#Media4EU 23-01-2018

The EU’s fake news fraud

The war against fake news is exaggerated and overwrought. If anything, European policymakers are engaging in their own form of dishonest, hysterical yellow news policymaking, argues William Echikson.
Freedom of thought 19-01-2018

Commission backs away from regulating online platforms over hate speech

The European Commission is backing away from a plan to propose binding EU legislation that would force online platforms to remove posts containing hate speech.
Freedom of thought 09-01-2018

Five Commissioners team up to threaten internet platforms with EU legislation

Five EU Commissioners all wanted a piece of the action on Tuesday (9 January) at a meeting with CEOs from some of the biggest internet platforms.
Digital 13-11-2017

Gabriel leading Commission effort against fake news ‘disease’

Fake news is a disease that European society needs to be “vaccinated” against, the EU's Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said as she opened a call for public comments on possible EU responses to the spread of false information on internet platforms.
Data protection 18-10-2017

EU-US Privacy Shield pact to pass first annual review

A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers will get the green light from the European Union today (18 October) after the first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans’ data stored on US servers.
Freedom of thought 28-09-2017

Tougher EU hate speech guidelines urge tech giants to prevent ‘digital Wild West’

The European Commission wants internet platforms to take down illegal posts faster, and is considering new legislation as one way to satisfy pressure from countries like Germany and France.
Digital 27-09-2017

Vestager: We will ‘actively’ watch Google’s remedies

Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said on Wednesday (27 September) that the institution would “actively monitor” a set of remedies proposed by Google to open up its shopping service to competitors as from tomorrow.
Brexit 18-08-2017

Frankfurt and Dublin make bankers feel wanted in battle for Brexit jobs

"I'm here to send you the regards of the Federal Chancellor. I am entitled to tell you we want you in Germany." This private message from Angela Merkel, delivered by a regional politician to Wall Street bankers last year, is having the desired effect.
Digital 25-07-2017

Google, Facebook and Twitter face fines as EU grows ‘impatient’ with lax consumer rules

Google, Facebook and Twitter could face fines if they do not change their user conditions to meet the European Commission's demands.
Digital 25-07-2017

Alphabet profit hit by EU fine on Google

Google parent Alphabet on Monday (24 July) saw shares slide as the market reacted to a massive fine by the European Commission and word that success in mobile, cloud and YouTube is coming with higher costs.