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

EU urges tech giants to step up fight against fake news
The EU Commission called on tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter Tuesday to intensify their efforts to crack down on disinformation in the run up to the 2019 European elections.

EU states agree better protection for whistleblowers
The EU is moving towards guaranteeing a high level protection to whistleblowers across a wide range of sectors, following agreement Friday by EU states' ambassadors.

EU-Japan data sharing agreement comes into effect
The EU Commission adopted Wednesday an 'adequacy decision' which allows personal data to flow freely between the European Union and Japan on the basis of strong protection guarantees.

Google 'right to be forgotten' applies only in EU, suggests EU Court
Google and other search engine operators need to guarantee the 'right to be forgotten' to users inside the European Union but not to users globally, the EU's Advocate General said in an Opinion Thursday.

A website has data responsibility for Facebook 'like' button: EU Court
A website's use of Facebook's 'Like' button, which processes users' personal data, makes the website jointly responsible for that stage of the data processing, says the EU top Court's Advocate General.

EU institutions reach deal on cross-border access to online content
Parliament, Commission and Council negotiators reached a political agreement Thursday on proposed EU copyright legislation to make online TV and radio programmes more easily available in Europe.

EU businesses need transparent and fair online platforms: MEPs
An EU Parliament committee approved Thursday a draft law which requires online platforms such as Google and Amazon to end unfair practices to businesses and set up effective redress mechanisms.

Single digital gateway
The single digital gateway will facilitate online access to the information, administrative procedures and assistance services that citizens and businesses need to get active in another EU country. By the end of 2020, citizens and companies moving across EU borders will easily be able to find out what rules and assistance services apply in their new residency. By the end of 2023 at the latest, they will be able to perform a number of procedures in all EU member states without any physical paperwork, like registering a car or claiming pension benefits.

EU looks to broaden use of .eu top-level domains
The European Parliament, Council and Commission reached a political agreement Wednesday on the revision of the Regulation concerning the .eu Internet top-level domain.

Russian interference prompts EU action against disinformation
Europe needs to join forces to protect its democracies against Russia's interference in elections and referenda, the EU Commission said Wednesday as it unveiled an action plan to counter disinformation.

EU vs Disinformation
This website is part of a campaign to better forecast, address and respond to pro-Kremlin disinformation. The ‘EU versus Disinformation’ campaign is run by the European External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force.

EU action against disinformation
The EU presented on 5 December an Action Plan to step up efforts to counter disinformation in Europe and beyond.

EU opens up free movement of non-personal data
EU ministers provided a boost to Europe's data economy Friday, signing off on a new directive aimed at removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU.

Local authorities can apply for free Wi-Fi hotspots from 7 Nov
The European Commission launched a call for applications for the scheme 'WiFi4EU', the EU scheme to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces throughout Europe, at 1pm on 7 November.

How digital is Europe compared to other major world economies?
The International Digital Economy and Society Index (I-DESI) provides an overall assessment of where the EU stands, compared to non-EU economies, in its progress towards a digital society and economy. First created in 2013, I-DESI compares the average performance of EU member States with 17 non-EU countries, using a similar methodology to the EU DESI index. It measures performance in five dimensions or policy areas: connectivity, human capital (digital skills), use of Internet by citizens, integration of technology and digital public services.

SELFIE
Is your school making the most of digital technologies for teaching and learning? SELFIE is a free, easy-to-use, customisable tool to help schools assess where they stand with learning in the digital age.

New EU tool supports digital teaching and learning in schools
The Commission unveiled a new tool Thursday aimed at helping all schools in the EU, as well as in Russia, Georgia and Serbia, to assess how they use digital technology for teaching and learning.

E-commerce in the EU: How you can make the most out of it as a consumer
The Internet has transformed the way we shop. However, persistent online barriers prevent us from enjoying the full access to the goods and services being offered by businesses in the EU. Since the launch of the Digital Single Market Strategy in May 2015, the European Union has been working to break down these barriers. This factsheet summarises what the EU has been doing to boost e-commerce and to create new opportunities for consumers, turning the Digital Single Market into a reality.

Family cop-out no excuse for copyright infringement: EU Court
Blaming another family member for illegal file-sharing does not exonerate the owner of an internet connection used for copyright infringements through file-sharing, the EU Court ruled on Thursday.

Code of Practice on Disinformation
Representatives of online platforms, leading social networks, advertisers and advertising industry agreed on a self-regulatory Code of Practice to address the spread of online disinformation and fake news. This is the first time worldwide that industry agrees, on a voluntary basis, to self-regulatory standards to fight disinformation. The Code aims to set a wide range of commitments, from transparency in political advertising to the closure of fake accounts and demonetization of purveyors of disinformation.

Single digital gateway: one-stop shop for online paperwork
The EU Council gave its green light to a single digital gateway Thursday, a one-stop shop for the EU's most common administration procedures, helping people to interact with public administrations.

MEPs' copyright changes put pressure on tech giants
Internet tech giants including Google and Facebook could be made to monitor, filter and block internet uploads under amendments to the draft Copyright Directive approved by the EU Parliament Wednesday.

Commission action to get terrorist content off the web
EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker set out in his State of the Union address 2018 new proposals to get terrorist content off the web.

Terrorist content removed from web in 1 hour under new EU rules
In his State of the Union address to the EU Parliament Wednesday, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker outlined new rules which would get terrorist content off the web within one hour.

EU, Japan edge towards data protection deal
Following the July conclusion of EU-Japan talks on personal data flows, the Commission launched Thursday a procedure for adoption of its decision on data protection adequacy between the two blocs.