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Latest news and information on the Internet policies of the European Union.

Privacy activist can sue Facebook, but no class action: EU Court 15 November 2017, 22:54 CET
Austrian privacy activist Maximilian Schrems can sue Facebook Ireland before the Austrian Courts with respect to the private use of his Facebook account, an EU Court advisor said Wednesday.

EU bolsters protection against online fraudsters 15 November 2017, 20:47 CET
MEPs approved Tuesday EU-wide rules to protect consumers against scams and detect and stop rogue traders more swiftly, with a view to increasing consumers' trust in cross-border e-commerce.

Brussels mulls action to protect public from fake news 14 November 2017, 22:48 CET
The EU Commission launched a consultation on fake news and online disinformation Monday, setting up an expert group representing academics, online platforms, news media and civil society groups.

Study on Spectrum Assignment in the European Union 23 October 2017, 22:56 CET
The objective of the study on Spectrum assignments in the EU was to assess the specific elements, processes and conditions under which radio spectrum, in particular for 5G usage including wireless broadband, should be authorised and assigned by Member States and how timely access to spectrum can contribute more fully to the general objectives set out by the EU regulatory framework (SMART 2016/0019). The study has determined that both regulators and mobile operators would generally prefer to continue adopting the current approach to spectrum authorisation and assignment and that the current authorisation framework is generally fit for delivering current services.

EU-US Privacy Shield review finds room for improvement 18 October 2017, 21:03 CET
The EU- U.S. Privacy Shield is doing a good job in protecting the personal EU personal data but there is some room for improving its implementation, the Commission says in its first annual review.

Annual Review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield 18 October 2017, 20:38 CET
The European Commission published on 18 October its first annual report on the functioning of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield, the aim of which is to protect the personal data of anyone in the EU transferred to companies in the U.S. for commercial purposes.

Tech giants under increased EU pressure over illegal content 02 October 2017, 23:07 CET
The Commission presented guidelines and principles Thursday for online platforms to step up efforts to proactively prevent, detect and remove illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online.

Digital economy must gear up for EU tax reform 22 September 2017, 11:39 CET
The EU Commission launched its agenda to reform taxation of online business Thursday, paving the way for a legislative proposal on EU rules for taxation of profits in the digital economy.

Fair Taxation of the Digital Economy 21 September 2017, 18:48 CET
The European Commission Communication 'A Fair and Efficient Tax System in the European Union for the Digital Single Market' was adopted on 21 September 2017. The taxation of the digital economy is part of the EU's fair taxation agenda. It wants an ambitious EU agenda on the matter and a common EU approach to influence the international discussions and develop meaningful solutions to taxing the digital economy to be agreed at the international level by spring 2018.

EU targets end to data localisation 21 September 2017, 00:25 CET
The EU Commission proposed a framework for the free flow of non-personal data Tuesday, highlighting the removal of data localisation restrictions as key to unlocking the potential of Europe's data economy.

Brussels to launch new cyber-security agency 20 September 2017, 17:42 CET
The European Union proposed Tuesday a set of measures to step up its cybersecurity capacity, including a cyber-safety scheme and other tools to ensure Europe is better equipped to deal with cyber-attacks.

'Free wifi for Europeans' plan gains MEPs backing 12 September 2017, 17:29 CET
A financial scheme for local wireless access points in the EU, free of charge and offered without discrimination, is on its way, following a vote by the European Parliament Tuesday.

Brussels okays German state aid for high speed internet 14 August 2017, 22:32 CET
The EU Commission has endorsed under EU state aid rules three German virtual access products that will allow the use of so-called vectoring technology in state-funded high-speed broadband networks.

Antitrust: Google's record EUR 2.4 bn fine 27 June 2017, 16:45 CET
The European Commission fined Google EUR 2.42 billion on 27 June 2017 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google, it said, had abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.

Google fined EUR 2.4 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules 28 June 2017, 18:13 CET
The European Commission fined Google EUR 2.42 billion Tuesday for giving an illegal advantage to the U.S. search giant's own comparison shopping service, thus breaching EU antitrust rules.

MEPs target fake news and illegal online content 15 June 2017, 22:22 CET
Current laws regulating online platforms need to be updated for the digital age, the European Parliament urged Thursday, reflecting increasing public disquiet about fake news and illegal content.

Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech 2nd monitoring 01 June 2017, 23:12 CET
One year ago, the European Commission and four major social media platforms announced a Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech.

Social media giants making progress on hate speech, EU reports 01 June 2017, 23:16 CET
A code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online, signed by the EU and four major social media platforms a year ago, has delivered some important progress, the EU reported on Thursday.

EU agrees scheme for free wifi in public places 30 May 2017, 00:13 CET
EU Parliament and Council negotiators came to an agreement Monday evening on WiFi4EU, a scheme for more than 5,000 wireless internet connections in public areas across the European Union.

Data protection reform package 24 May 2017, 15:35 CET
The EU data protection reform package entered into force in May 2016 and will be applicable as of May 2018. It includes the General Data Protection Regulation ("Regulation") and the Data Protection Directive for the police and criminal justice sector.

MEPs greenlight online films and TV while abroad 18 May 2017, 22:29 CET
The European Parliament gave the green light Thursday to new rules enabling EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV series to access this content while temporarily in another EU country.

Slow progress on Digital Single Market: review 11 May 2017, 14:26 CET
A review of the state of play of the EU's Digital Single Market strategy, published Wednesday, picks out the data economy, cybersecurity and online platforms as three areas where a further push is needed.

Digital Single Market Mid-Term Review - Q&A 11 May 2017, 14:25 CET
The EU Commission has proposed all initiatives set out in the Digital Single Market strategy was adopted in May 2015. The of the mid-term review on 10 May 2017 gives an overview of the state of play of the Digital Single Market strategy, emphasising the political responsibility for the European Parliament and Member States to finalise key legislation and complete the strategy by 2018. The review also outlines three main areas where the EU needs to act further (data economy, cybersecurity and online platforms). The Commission also publishes today the annual Europe's Digital Progress Report 2017 (EDPR), which monitors progress in digital policies in the Member States, such as developments in connectivity, digital skills or use of internet by citizens and by business. The EDPR includes reports on telecom market and regulatory developments in each Member State.

EU antitrust investigations to target e-commerce sites 10 May 2017, 15:47 CET
EU competition authorities are looking to target their enforcement of EU antitrust rules at e-commerce markets, following publication of the Commission's final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry.

MEPs back lower VAT for e-books 10 May 2017, 15:46 CET
EU citizens could pay less for e-books after plans to allow EU Member States to reduce VAT on e-publications were backed by a European Parliament committee on Wednesday.