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Internet Policy in the EU

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

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.

Digital rights open up for holidaymakers across EU
Following the end of roaming charges across the European Union last year, holidaymakers are now able to travel with their online TV, film, sports, music or e-book subscriptions at no extra cost.

Japan adequacy decision
The European Commission adopted on 23 January 2019 its adequacy decision on Japan, allowing personal data to flow freely between the two economies on the basis of strong protection guarantees.

Google fined EUR 4.34 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules
The EU Commission fined Google EUR 4.34 billion Wednesday for using Android to cement its dominance of internet search by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile operators.

Jehovah's Witnesses must comply with data privacy law: EU Court
The processing of personal data carried out by Jehovah's Witnesses during their door-to-door preaching must respect EU law on the protection of personal data, the EU's top court ruled on Tuesday.

MEPs send copyright reform proposal back for rethink
The EU Parliament rejected Thursday a committee proposal to update EU copyright rules, including measures to monitor and filter uploads to the Internet some described as a 'vote for mass internet censorship'.

Online markeplaces sign EU pledge on product safety
Four major online marketplaces, Alibaba (for AliExpress), Amazon, eBay and Rakuten - France signed a commitment Monday for faster removal of dangerous products sold on their online marketplaces.

EU agrees deal on free flow of non-personal data
The European Parliament, Council and Commission reached a political agreement late Tuesday on new rules that will allow data to be stored and processed everywhere in the EU without unjustified restrictions.

Free flow of non-personal data in the EU
The European Parliament, Council and the European Commission on 19 June reached a political agreement on new rules that will allow data to be stored and processed everywhere in the EU without unjustified restrictions.

MEPs' copyright reform proposals cause Internet concern
Plans to update EU copyright rules, including measures to monitor and filter virtually all uploads to the Internet, backed by MEPs Wednesday, have been termed a 'vote for mass internet censorship'.

Ultra-fast broadband behind target: EU auditors
Although broadband coverage has generally been improving across the EU, not all targets set for 2020 will be met, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors, published Tuesday.

Data protection - Rules for the protection of personal data inside and outside the EU
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive and other rules concerning the protection of personal data, as well as authorities tasked with enforcement.