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The former chief of disgraced data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, has not disputed accusations that he engaged in unethical commercial practices including 'bribery' and 'voter disengagement campaigns,' in a disqualification undertaking that will see him banned from heading-up companies for seven-years.
Data protection 24-09-2020

Ex-Cambridge Analytica boss admits to ‘unethical services’, accepts seven-year ban

The European Commission is not able to say when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available, EU health chief Stella Kyriakides admitted on Thursday (24 September), even though a senior EU official voiced hope earlier this month that the first vaccine could have market authorisation as early as November.
The European Commission has concerns that certain aspects of the UK's data protection regime may change in the future, negatively impacting the safety of EU personal data when transferred to the country, EU executive sources have informed EURACTIV.
Digital 23-09-2020

Commission fears UK data protection regime ‘may change in the future’

The European Commission has concerns that certain aspects of the UK's data protection regime may change in the future and negatively impact the safety of EU personal data when transferred to the country, Commission sources have informed EURACTIV.

Migration flow rises across Channel to Britain as political tension rises

British border agents brought ashore migrants in the port of Dover on Monday (10 August) after picking them up from an inflatable boat as they crossed the Channel, the latest in a surge of crossings that is causing political tensions with France.
Brexit 07-08-2020

UK says it’s confident of Brexit trade deal as EU changing tone

Britain's top minister overseeing Brexit talks said on Friday (7 August) he was confident a free trade deal would be clinched with the EU as there had been a distinct change of tone from the bloc in recent weeks.
5G 14-07-2020

Huawei banned from UK 5G network, pleads with Johnson to reconsider

The UK has excluded Huawei from its future 5G network infrastructure, the government announced on Tuesday (14 July). The Chinese telecommunications firm immediately urged Boris Johnson's administration to reconsider the decision, seen as a substantial setback for its business in Europe.
5G 06-07-2020

Huawei waits it out on possible UK ban

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has said it is remaining patient in light of media reports that the UK government is charting a gradual phase-out of its equipment in 5G network infrastructure, which could lead to a blanket ban.
Data protection 24-06-2020

Commission uncertain on future UK data adequacy agreement 

The European Commission has said that it 'cannot predict' whether the UK will be fit for a data transfer adequacy agreement with the EU as part of ongoing negotiations on a future trade deal between the two parties.
Digital 23-06-2020

LEAK: Commission pushes UK for ‘high degree of convergence’ in GDPR review

The European Commission will tomorrow (24 June) highlight the importance of the UK abiding by EU data protection rules as part of a future relationship between the two parties, in the first review of the landmark general data protection regulation, obtained by EURACTIV.
5G 25-05-2020

Huawei faces potential UK backlash in new probe

Bolstered US sanctions against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei have prompted UK authorities to launch a fresh probe into the company, a government spokesperson said on Sunday (24 May).
Economy & Jobs 14-04-2020

UK faces 35% economic slump from COVID-19 lockdown

The UK is expected to suffer a 35% drop in economic output as a result of the coronavirus lockdown measures, according to forecasts by the Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) published on Tuesday (14 April).
Politics 06-04-2020

PM Johnson’s health worsens, taken to intensive care

Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care on Monday evening (6 April) after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
Coronavirus 03-04-2020

UK opens first COVID hospital but criticism of testing plans mount

The UK opened its first emergency field hospital to combat the coronavirus pandemic on Friday (3 April) but the government continues to face growing criticism about its plans to increase testing for the virus.
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

UK unveils ‘wartime’ €400 billion COVID bailout programme

The UK unveiled an unprecedented £350 billion (€400 billion) financial rescue package to “support jobs, incomes and businesses” on Tuesday (17 March), in a bid to offset the economic damage unleashed by the coronavirus crisis.
Digital 12-03-2020

US industry hits out at UK digital services tax

Representatives from the US tech industry on Wednesday (11 March) hit out at the UK's plans to introduce a digital services tax from the beginning of April, following a period of uncertainty as to whether the UK would continue with the measures amid attempts to contract a US trade deal.
Digital 03-03-2020

UK to consider opposition to digital tax in pursuit of U.S. trade deal

Britain said on Monday (2 March) it would consider opposition to its plan to impose a new digital tax on big tech companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon as part of its ambition to agree a free trade deal with the United States.
Digital 26-02-2020

‘Prepare for all eventualities’ on UK-EU data transfers, EDPS says

There could be a series of 'obstacles' in terms of securing an EU-UK adequacy agreement on post-Brexit data transfers and the bloc should therefore 'take steps to prepare for all eventualities,' the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said this week.
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

UK broadcasting watchdog proposed as online harms regulator

The UK government has announced plans to grant the country's broadcasting authority, Ofcom, broad new powers in regulating the spread of harmful content across social media platforms.
Digital 05-02-2020

Alarm over BBC future as UK proposes fee changes

The British government on Wednesday (5 February) announced plans to stop prosecuting people who do not pay the BBC's compulsory subscription fee, sparking concerns about the broadcaster's future funding.
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Brexit 04-02-2020

Paris aims to become Europe’s top financial hub in post-Brexit world

London is currently Europe's leading financial centre but the French authorities dream of seeing Paris in the lead. However, it remains to be seen if the City will lose access to European markets after the UK-EU negotiations this year. EURACTIV's partner EUROEFE reports.
Digital 04-02-2020

UK to diverge from EU data protection rules, Johnson confirms

The United Kingdom will seek to diverge from EU data protection rules and establish their own 'sovereign' controls in the field, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (3 February). His comments came despite the EU affirming that the UK should "fully respect EU data protection rules.
Brexit 03-02-2020

MPs call for an Anglo-German post-Brexit ‘friendship treaty’

A British MP and his German counterpart have called for a post-Brexit “treaty of friendship” between the two countries, as concerns grow in Berlin that relations could turn increasingly hostile over the coming months.
Digital 28-01-2020

UK grants Huawei a limited 5G role

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday granted China’s Huawei a limited role in Britain’s future 5G mobile network, a choice that risks damaging relations with the United States which fears China could use the company to steal Western secrets.
Digital 28-01-2020

UK to make Huawei decision today, amid intensifying US pressure

Huawei's future involvement in the UK's future 5G network infrastructure hangs in the balance today (28 January), as Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits down with members of the UK's National Security Council to come to an agreement on the Chinese telecoms giant.
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