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Technology 14-04-2022

DMA: significant additions made it into the final text

The long-waited final text for the Digital Markets Act, seen by EURACTIV, contains some unexpected last-minute changes.
Technology 24-03-2022

DMA: EU institutions agree on new rules for Big Tech

The new EU regulation targeting tech giants will become fully applicable in 2023, following an agreement reached between the EU co-legislators on Thursday (24 March).
Technology 22-03-2022

DMA: EU lawmakers ready to trade digital governance for tighter obligations

EU lawmakers are preparing to make concessions on the governance of the Digital Markets Act to obtain more ambitious obligations for gatekeepers, according to an internal note seen by EURACTIV.
Technology 04-03-2022

Digital Brief: RT ban, internet struggles, Big Tech takes sides

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We will not let Kremlin apologists pour their toxic lies justifying Putin’s war or sow the seeds of division...
Technology 23-02-2022

European Commission pitches data sharing obligations in Data Act proposal

On Wednesday (23 February), the EU executive presented its draft for the new data law with only minor changes compared to the proposal leaked by EURACTIV earlier this month.
Technology 02-02-2022

LEAK: Data Act’s proposed rules for data sharing, cloud switching, interoperability

The Data Act proposal defines the rules for sharing data, conditions for access by public bodies, international data transfers, cloud switching and interoperability, according to a draft seen by EURACTIV.
Technology 25-01-2022

EU must resist attempts to dilute Digital Markets Act 

The EU is on the brink of adopting new rules that will transform the dynamics of the digital economy and so significantly improve consumers’ experience. But it is crucially important that EU lawmakers resist last-ditch attempts by Big Tech companies to derail or neutralise these rules before they reach the statute book, writes Ursula Pachl.
Technology 20-01-2022

Voice assistants under fire in IoT competition report

Voice assistants have come under particular scrutiny in the conclusions of a Commission competition inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT) sector. 

EU parliament adopts regulation targeting internet giants

EU lawmakers adopted their version of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in a plenary vote on Wednesday (15 December), formalizing their mandate to enter interinstitutional negotiations on this key piece of digital legislation with the European Council and Commission.

Amendments crowd DMA’s plenary vote, and it’s not over yet

Despite a ‘gentlemen's agreement’ between the main political groups in the European Parliament, a number of alternative amendments to the proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA) have been tabled ahead of the plenary vote due on 14-15 December, and more surprises might come later in the week.

EU Parliament’s key committee adopts Digital Markets Act

The Digital Markets Act legislative proposal has been endorsed with an overwhelming majority by a key European Parliament committee and will now be voted on in the December plenary session.
Technology 18-11-2021

EU lawmakers reach agreement on law targeting Big Tech

MEPs have reached a compromise on the most controversial aspects of the EU regulation that will introduce strict obligations for internet giants.
Technology 09-11-2021

Facebook whistleblower asks European Parliament to get tough with DSA

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen called on EU lawmakers to "set a gold standard" and take a tough stance in regulating big tech and safeguarding democracy during her testimony before the Parliament on Monday (8 November).
Data protection 01-10-2021

EU countries green light new data governance framework

27 EU ambassadors have adopted the general approach to the Data Governance Act on Friday (1 October), providing a mandate that forms the basis for negotiations with the EU Commission and Parliament.
Technology 28-05-2021

Gaia-X cloud infrastructure project close to becoming operational

The European flagship cloud project Gaia-X, which aims to ensure Europe has its own trusted data and cloud infrastructure, came one step closer to becoming operational after the first specification round of the Federation Services was completed on Wednesday. EURACTIV Germany reports.
A contingent of 40 pan-European tech companies has penned a letter to MEPs, calling for members to support bolstered interoperability requirements in the Digital Markets Act.
Technology 30-03-2021

EU SMEs in bid for greater interoperability in Digital Markets Act

Forty pan-European tech companies have penned a letter to MEPs calling for support for bolstered interoperability requirements in the Digital Markets Act (DMA) while stressing the importance of keeping the rules aligned to developments in the area across EU nations.
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.
Technology 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.
Technology 20-10-2020

European coronavirus tracing apps are crossing borders

The German Corona-Warn-App now also works in Italy and Ireland, and vice versa, and more countries will be added soon. However, some are being excluded from the outset, because they use a central system, such as France. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Technology 16-07-2020

EU under tight schedule for ‘interoperable’ summer COVID apps

The European Commission is putting the final touches to its "interoperability gateway," a system that allows different contact tracing apps across member states to function with one another.
Technology 06-07-2020

Counterfeit and illegal sellers to be targeted in Digital Services Act, Vestager says

A crackdown on the sale of counterfeit and illegal goods across online platforms is likely to feature in the European Commission's upcoming Digital Services Act plans, the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager has said.
Technology 27-09-2011

EU checks complaints against Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype

The European Commission is determining whether to require the unbundling of the Internet phone service Skype from Microsoft's Windows operating system before authorising the planned merger of the two companies.
Technology 24-06-2010

Kroes to beef up scrutiny of EU digital industry

The European Commission will ensure that devices with always-on connectivity, like Apple's iPhone, don't lock consumers in to proprietary technology, Neelie Kroes, EU commissioner for the 'Digital Agenda', told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. A yearly scorecard will measure the industry's progress. 
Technology 24-06-2010

Kroes: Interoperability at heart of Digital Agenda

The European Commission plans to rewrite ICT industry rules to make sure dominant technologies, like devices with always-on connectivity, do not lock consumers into supporting monopolies and hamper innovation, Neelie Kroes, EU commissioner for the Digital Agenda, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Technology 21-04-2010

EU eGovernment push ‘threatens Microsoft supremacy’

EU telecoms ministers took an important step towards diluting the market dominance of Microsoft's Office software on Monday (19 April) when they agreed to roll out online services using more interoperable document formats, according to Brussels-based competition lawyers.