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Data protection 29-03-2017

EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet messaging apps like WhatsApp, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said yesterday (28 March), heeding calls from national interior ministers.

Digital 24-02-2017

Dreaming big can help reform gigabit society

Europe’s digital transformation will connect previously-isolated rural communities and create jobs in multiple sectors, as well as improving individual wellbeing through eHealth solutions and encouraging SMEs to flourish, writes Pierre Louette.

Digital 02-02-2017

Top telecoms regulator takes aim at Commission plan for cybersecurity labels

The top EU telecoms regulator criticised the European Commission's plans to introduce this spring a labelling scheme to rank the cybersecurity of internet-connected devices, arguing it would only reinforce big tech companies' dominance.

Digital 01-02-2017

‘Goodbye roaming’: EU clears final hurdle to end mobile charges abroad

The European Union clinched a preliminary deal early on Wednesday (31 January) to cap wholesale charges telecom operators pay each other when their customers use their mobile phones abroad, paving the way for the abolition of roaming fees in June.

Digital 31-01-2017

Ansip: Abolishing mobile roaming charges tests the EU’s credibility

The European Union's digital chief Andrus Ansip said that failure to solve the last remaining barrier to abolishing mobile roaming charges across the bloc in June would lead people to question its ability to deliver on promises.

Digital 27-01-2017

Chinese messaging app WeChat courts European business for ad sales and e-commerce

Messaging and e-commerce app WeChat is courting European businesses to advertise and sell to its more than 700 million users in China.

Digital 10-01-2017

Telecoms firms and internet services like WhatsApp face tougher new privacy rules

Telecoms providers will face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover if they're caught breaking new EU privacy rules that will also hit firms processing vast amounts of machine data in the internet of things.

Digital 15-12-2016

EU strikes tentative deal on 700 MHz band for mobile internet

The Slovak Presidency, which made bringing “deliverables” to EU citizens one of its priorities, reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament on the coordinated use of a key frequency band that will allow the introduction of 5G as of 2020.

Digital 13-12-2016

Companies face new data access rules under controversial Commission plans

Car manufacturers and other firms that increasingly rely on consumer data to make money could be subject to new EU rules that would force them to share that data with other firms, according to a leaked draft of the plans obtained by EURACTIV.com.

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Digital 13-12-2016

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Digital 02-12-2016

Ministers agree on ‘sustainably’ ending roaming charges

The Council agreed on a solution to end roaming fees in 2017, while lessening the impact on mobile operators. But consumer organisations warned against operators hiking domestic prices as compensation.

Transport 30-11-2016

Commission wants manufacturers to build more internet-connected cars

The European Commission wants car companies to make sure new models have a slew of digital technologies that can cut fuel use and be safer on roads, as part of an EU strategy on internet-connect vehicles published today (30 November).

Digital 04-11-2016

Telecoms regulators fight back against Commission plan for new EU agency

A fresh fight is brewing over the European Commission's plans to turn a group of national telecoms regulators into a full-blown EU agency, with several top watchdogs saying the move will compromise their independence and give Brussels too much power.

Digital 25-10-2016

EU considers concession to telecom firms to end roaming charges

Mobile telecoms operators across Europe could be allowed to charge each other higher fees for keeping customers connected when they travel abroad, under a Spanish proposal to help firms recoup their costs when roaming charges are abolished.

Commission wants fast internet in schools to fix digital illiteracy problem

The European Commission has been coaxing EU countries to improve technology education in an effort to cut unemployment and help companies as they rely more on internet-connected programmes and machines.

Trade & Society 11-10-2016

European Commission paralysed over data flows in TiSA trade deal

European Commission officials have struck a deal that could put a clause guaranteeing international data flows into a trade agreement with 22 countries outside the bloc, including the United States and Australia.

Commission plans cybersecurity rules for internet-connected machines

The European Commission is getting ready to propose new legislation to protect machines from cybersecurity breaches, signalling the executive's growing interest in encouraging traditional European manufacturers to build more devices that are connected to the internet.

Transport 30-09-2016

Carmakers fear EU plans to ease data flows will help tech rivals

European car manufacturers are seeking full control over the data sent to them by connected vehicles they put on the road, and fear a move by Brussels that would impose sharing that data with rivals.

Digital 28-09-2016

Pokémon’s Pikachu the ‘man of the year’ in telecoms

Pikachu is the man of the year in telecoms, according to the watchdog next in line to chair a powerful group of EU regulators.

Transport 27-09-2016

EU countries want legal change for driverless cars – but they’ll have to wait

Driverless cars have figured into several EU policy plans lately, as politicians have advocated for speeding up work on the technology to stop countries like the United States from having a leg up on European auto manufacturers.

Digital 21-09-2016

After botched first attempt, Commission proposes new roaming bill with no time limit

In a bid to save face after a wave of outrage following a botched first attempt earlier this month, the European Commission proposed a new bill today (22 September) to get rid of mobile roaming charges by next year.

How Oettinger surprised Brussels

Günther Oettinger has faced ridicule for his handling of EU tech policy since he took the job two years ago. But the digital Commissioner is finally getting some credit, and winning praise from some corners for a major overhaul of telecoms law.

Digital 15-09-2016

Free Wi-Fi in cities? ‘We panicked for five minutes. Then we realised it’s not serious’

Telecoms companies were as surprised as anyone when Jean-Claude Juncker announced Wednesday (14 September) that the European Commission wants every city and village in the EU to have free public Wi-Fi in some places by 2020.

Digital 14-09-2016

New telecoms rules mark ‘quiet revolution’ as Commission aims to boost internet speed

A set of EU telecoms laws will be remodelled when the European Commission proposes an overhaul today (14 September) of how the sector is governed.