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The EU wants police to be able to access encrypted messaging data

The EU wants police to be able to access encrypted messaging data

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Guest Blog, News with 0 Comments

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. Jourová said she will announce “three or four options” including binding legislation and voluntary agreements with […]

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The European Commission consults on FinTech regulation

The European Commission consults on FinTech regulation

Written by on March 24, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

The European Commission wants to create a special regime to attract FinTech companies in Europe and help the old continent compete globally on this promising new market, EU sources told EURACTIV.com. The Commission is considering a single EU-wide licence allowing tech companies in the financial services sector to operate across Europe. Part of the plan to boost […]

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Europe needs a global mentality to tackle digital transformation

Europe needs a global mentality to tackle digital transformation

Written by on March 8, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Europe lacks a “global mentality” when it comes to innovation in the digital technology sector, Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Digital) Willem Jonker told EURACTIV Spain. Jonker, in Madrid to attend the opening of EIT Digital’s Spanish HQ, said that “although there are many good ideas, we still think too […]

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Proposed IoT security labelling scheme criticised by top telecoms regulator

Proposed IoT security labelling scheme criticised by top telecoms regulator

Written by on February 3, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

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. “I think this is an idea that must be really be challenged,” Sébastien Soriano, chair of French telecoms regulator Arcep and this […]

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Can the EU and China together take e-commerce to another level?

Can the EU and China together take e-commerce to another level?

Written by on November 2, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

The Digital Single Market may offer China some inspiration for adopting an electronic world trade platform that can tear down national borders and boost international e-commerce. Today, it is impossible to talk about e-commerce without mentioning Alibaba and its charismatic founder Jack Ma. Home to the world’s largest population of netizens, China has surpassed the […]

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Wholesale roaming rates could go up in the latest EU wrangling

Wholesale roaming rates could go up in the latest EU wrangling

Written by on October 25, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

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. The European Union has committed to letting its 500 million citizens use their phones while travelling abroad within […]

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EU Telecoms legislation set to introduce security certificates for the IoT

EU Telecoms legislation set to introduce security certificates for the IoT

Written by on October 6, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

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. A new plan to overhaul EU telecoms law, which digital policy chiefs Günther Oettinger and Andrus Ansip presented three […]

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Tech firms angry over EU plans to curb surveillance software exports

Tech firms angry over EU plans to curb surveillance software exports

Written by on October 3, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

EU companies are about to get hit with a controversial new export control law that faced a wave of criticism this summer from technology firms that fear that it will destroy their business abroad. The European Commission proposed changes on 28 September to a seven-year-old law requiring special export controls for so-called dual-use items that can be used […]

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Juncker intervenes in surveillance software export battle

Juncker intervenes in surveillance software export battle

Written by on September 21, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

Jean-Claude Juncker intervened today (20 September) to postpone a controversial trade bill that would make it more difficult for EU countries to export surveillance software, marking the second time this month that the Commission chief pulled the brakes on a high-profile technology file. The export control bill on so-called dual-use products was done and dusted and […]

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EU Commission pushes controversial ‘Google tax’ to save news publishers

EU Commission pushes controversial ‘Google tax’ to save news publishers

Written by on September 19, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

The European Commission has presented a plan to charge internet companies for linking to online news following a heated, two-year-long fight over whether the “Google tax” will help publishers stay profitable—or simply be overzealous regulation that could “break the internet”. The measure is one of the most fought over parts of a controversial overhaul of EU copyright […]

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