Commission Opens Anti-Trust Investigation Against Apple

The European Publishers Council (EPC) welcomes the European Commission’s decision to open formal antitrust investigations against Apple who, through abuse of dominance, are undermining the ability of news and magazine publishers to have direct commercial relationships with their readers or to offer iOS-device users alternative cheaper purchasing possibilities outside of apps. The case will assess…

Digital Services Act

Yesterday (9th June) on the 20th anniversary of the agreement of the e-Commerce Directive, EDiMA (The European Digital Market Association) has called on legislators to build on the strong foundations offered by the Directive in the future Digital Services Act. Speaking on the anniversary, Siada El Ramly, Director General of EDiMA said: “The many millions…

Calls for Transparency on UK Scientific Advice

The UK Government has faced calls for greater transparency over the scientific advice given to ministers on the coronavirus outbreak. The calls came after it was revealed that the Prime Minister’s top aide, Dominic Cummings, had been attending meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Ministers have said they are following ‘the best…

UK Public Opinion on the use of smart phones for contact tracing

A new opinion poll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of British citizens want any coronavirus contact-tracing app to take account of civil liberties and people’s privacy. The Survation poll for the Open Knowledge Foundation has found widespread support for the introduction of a contact-tracing app in the UK at 65 per cent, but 90…

Data Protection To Help In War Against Coronavirus

The European Commission has published guidance on the development of new apps that support the fight against coronavirus in relation to data protection. The development of such apps and their take up by citizens can have a significant impact on the treatment of the virus and can play an important role in the strategy to…

Open Knowledge Foundation welcomes digital strategy

Commenting on the EU’s blueprint on shaping Europe’s digital future, published last week by the European Commission, Catherine Stihler chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said: “This long-awaited blueprint for Europe’s digital landscape is very welcome and a giant step forward for a fair, free and open future.”  “This is the greatest opportunity and…

EU Digital Transformation

The Commission has taken the wraps off its plans for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident.  It presents a European society powered by digital solutions that put people first, opens up new opportunities for businesses, and boosts the development of trustworthy technology to foster an open…

EPP Calls for Single Standard for Charging Cables

The EPP Group in the European Parliament has advocated for more than a decade for a single common charger for all electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers, smart cameras, wearable electronics and other small electronics.  The aim is to protect the environment and make people’s lives easier. Andreas Schwab MEP, EPP Group…

Digitalisation in the Financial Sector

The Commission has launched two public consultations on digitalisation in the financial sector.  The first consultation seeks views on the suitability of the existing regulatory framework for crypto-assets including “stablecoins”.  The second one asks for feedback on how the existing legislative framework can be improved to ensure that the financial sector can deal with cyber-attacks…

Digitalisation of Transport of Goods

The European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have reached a deal on the Electronic Freight Transport Information (EFTI) proposal late yesterday.  The new law will speed up the digitalisation of the transport of goods by creating an e-platform where businesses and authorities can digitally exchange information on road operations. “We laid down the foundations…