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EU policy needs to bolster, not block, IoT innovation

EU policy needs to bolster, not block, IoT innovation

Written by on October 11, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

The internet of things – IoT – is at a crucial turning point. EU policymakers need to create the right environment to help it grow, write Brian Humphries and Joakim Reiter. We are at an inflection point: demand is growing, costs are falling, and technology is advancing quickly. It’s high time for dynamic, forward-thinking policy […]

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What happens to your online personal data after you pass on?

What happens to your online personal data after you pass on?

Written by on October 6, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

A group of lawyers are pressuring EU legislators to propose rules that could force internet platforms to hand over data that belongs to another person who had died or is being cared for. Lawyers pushing for new legislation argue that there is a need to create rules that apply across the bloc because internet companies, […]

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E-commerce companies ask EU to change payments proposal

E-commerce companies ask EU to change payments proposal

Written by on September 26, 2017 in Features, News with 0 Comments

Twenty-seven e-commerce companies and lobby groups have asked the European Commission to change a draft proposal to regulate payment services, arguing that additional security measures will drive shoppers away from online platforms. The Commission wants to cut down on online fraud by requiring consumers to use card authentication measures like reader devices, to scan their […]

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European Commission to bolster cyber security powers

European Commission to bolster cyber security powers

Written by on September 15, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

The European Commission will add funds and new powers for the EU cyber security agency and introduce a range of measures to limit threats from hackers, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced in his annual state of the union speech on Wednesday (13 September). Cyber security attacks can be “more dangerous to the stability of democracies […]

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EU cyber security legislation will not take away national powers: Ansip

EU cyber security legislation will not take away national powers: Ansip

Written by on September 6, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

One week before the European Commission is expected to present a slew of new cyber security proposals, Vice-President Andrus Ansip said that the new measures will not take away too much power from EU countries’ national authorities. “We respect the sovereignty of our member states but we know that maybe in 50% of member states […]

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Draft e-commerce bill may not be in consumers’ best interests

Draft e-commerce bill may not be in consumers’ best interests

Written by on September 4, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

A draft bill to give e-commerce shoppers the same rights everywhere in the EU could face a drastic overhaul in negotiations with the European Parliament and national governments—and consumer advocates are worried. The proposal to regulate online shoppers’ rights is still trudging through three-way negotiations between the EU institutions. Diplomats from the member states will […]

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Digital Commissioner chief to set up expert group on fake news

Digital Commissioner chief to set up expert group on fake news

Written by on September 1, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

New EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will set up an expert group this autumn on fake news as one of the first measures she is taking in the job. Gabriel took office in July and is preparing to set up a high-level expert group to advise her on fake news, she told journalists on Tuesday […]

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Tech companies pushing EU for change in data storage laws

Tech companies pushing EU for change in data storage laws

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

Tech companies want the European Commission to propose new legislation in autumn that they hope will bring down data storage costs in some countries. But rumoured changes have worried firms that France could pressure the executive to weaken the rules. A vocal group of firms have pushed the Commission to introduce a law that would […]

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17 EU countries call on Tusk for high level talks on digital policy

17 EU countries call on Tusk for high level talks on digital policy

Written by on June 22, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

On the eve of an EU summit, leaders from 17 EU countries have asked European Council President Donald Tusk for highest-level talks on EU digital policy, saying it was the single market’s main engine and should receive stronger political support. In a letter sent a day before the 22-23 June summit in Brussels, the leaders […]

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Some EU countries want looser rules for customer privacy

Some EU countries want looser rules for customer privacy

Written by on May 18, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

EU member states are divided over a proposal to change privacy rules for telecoms operators, with some countries calling for looser rules on when they can use consumers’ personal data. Draft rules detailing when telecoms companies and digital communication services like WhatsApp can process consumer data should be softened, according to a report dated 15 […]

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