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Europe’s recharged antitrust chief makes her five year pitch to be digital EVP

Europe’s recharged antitrust chief makes her five year pitch to be digital EVP Europe’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, set for a dual role in the next Commission, faced three hours of questions from members of four committees in the European Parliament this afternoon, as MEPs got their chance to interrogate her priorities […]

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Europe’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, set for expanded role in next Commission

Europe’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, set for expanded role in next Commission As the antitrust investigations stack up on US tech giants’ home turf there’s no sign of pressure letting up across the pond. European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen today unveiled her picks for the next team of commissioners who […]

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Europe’s top court sharpens guidance for sites using leaky social plug-ins

Europe’s top court sharpens guidance for sites using leaky social plug-ins Europe’s top court has made a ruling that could affect scores of websites that embed the Facebook ‘Like’ button and receive visitors from the region. The ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU states such sites are jointly responsible […]

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EU gov’t and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds

EU gov’t and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches […]

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Europe agrees platform rules to tackle unfair business practices

Europe agrees platform rules to tackle unfair business practices The European Union’s political institutions have reached agreement over new rules designed to boost transparency around online platform businesses and curb unfair practices to support traders and other businesses that rely on digital intermediaries for discovery and sales. The European Commission proposed a […]

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Big tech must not reframe digital ethics in its image

Big tech must not reframe digital ethics in its image Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s visage loomed large over the European parliament this week, both literally and figuratively, as global privacy regulators gathered in Brussels to interrogate the human impacts of technologies that derive their power and persuasiveness from our data. The eponymous social […]

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Europe’s parliament calls for full audit of Facebook in wake of breach scandal

Europe’s parliament calls for full audit of Facebook in wake of breach scandal The European Parliament has called for a full audit of Facebook following a string of data breach scandals —  including the Cambridge Analytica affair. MEPs are urging the company to allow European Union bodies to carry out a full […]

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Apple’s Tim Cook makes blistering attack on the “data industrial complex”

Apple’s Tim Cook makes blistering attack on the “data industrial complex” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has joined the chorus of voices warning that data itself is being weaponized again people and societies — arguing that the trade in digital data has exploded into a “data industrial complex”. Cook did not namecheck the […]

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Tech and ad giants sign up to Europe’s first weak bite at ‘fake news’

Tech and ad giants sign up to Europe’s first weak bite at ‘fake news’ The European Union’s executive body has signed up tech platforms and ad industry players to a voluntary  Code of Practice aimed at trying to do something about the spread of disinformation online. Something, just not anything too specifically […]

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European parliament gives thumbs up to controversial copyright reforms

European parliament gives thumbs up to controversial copyright reforms The European Parliament has just voted to back controversial proposals to reform online copyright — including supporting an extension to cover snippets of publishers content (Article 11), and to make platforms that hold significant amounts of content liable for copyright violations by their […]

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