Digital Single Market: New EU rules for online subscription services

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, participates at the Startup Europe Week Launch Event in Brussels. © European Union , 2017   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Jennifer Jacquemart.

EU Regulators have found last week an agreement on new rules concerning online content portability, allowing EU citizens to access online subscription services with no restrictions while travelling within the Union. The new rules will practically end the so-called “geo-blocking tactics”, and will enable European consumers to access services such as Netflix, Sky’s Now and Spotify […]

EU’s tougher privacy rules: WhatsApp and Facebook set to be soon aligned with telcos

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, and Vĕra Jourová, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, gave a joint press conference on Digital Single Market. Date: 10/01/2017   Reference: P-033391/00-11   Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2017   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: François Walschaerts.

With an official statement, the European Commission last week published its proposal to reform the existing European online privacy rules. Companies such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Google will face tougher rules on the tracking of users under a wider update of the e-privacy directive, which will also impact cookies regulation. The EU says the new […]

How did Facebook fool the Commission that easily during the WhatsApp acquisition?

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Date: 07/12/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2016.  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service. Photo: Mauro Bottaro

The European Commission announced yesterday that a Statement of Objections was sent to Facebook accusing the company of providing incorrect or misleading information during the investigation under Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. The aforementioned information was that Facebook had initially reassured the EC that it was not possible to match the user accounts of Facebook and WhatsApp. However, […]

Apple’s tax avoidance scheme remains as creative as their new iPhone

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This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Mrs Rachel Everly. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. The annual report released by Apple is hinting very strongly that they are continuing to earn good profits, which are unfortunately being funneled offshore to avoid […]

Competing with Apple and leading innovation: Google’s world replies to EU on android charges

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It was not a surprise or an unexpected twiddle, when last week Google like a fine-tuned clockwork delivered its formal reply to the European Commission, regarding the Android antitrust case. With a blog post on Thursday, the US tech giant has officially dismissed the third set of formal charges by the European Commission, saying that […]

ITU Telecom World 2016: it’s all about working together

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Sponsored Content Our world is a connected one. A world where we increasingly have the power to reach anyone else, any time, wherever they may be, through voice, text, photos or videos. A whole new world of communication opening up new potential for working together to overcome problems and find solutions, facilitating innovation and collaboration. […]

Building cybersecurity capacity through benchmarking: the Global Cybersecurity Index

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Sponsored Content Cybersecurity is a theme that requires immediate attention. Societies and nation states are moving towards a level of digital dependence in which trust plays a critical role. Without this core element, we are enabling the continued emergence of a dark world of unrestrained cyber threats and attacks that threaten to subvert the current […]

Internet of Things: a Force for Good or Evil?

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Sponsored Content I will be chairing the panel on the Internet of Things: a Force for Good or Evil? at ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha in December this year. What is the Internet of Things? I would like to define it as anything that does not have a human involved. According to the GSM […]

Responsible Artificial Intelligence

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Sponsored Content Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help us in many ways: it can perform hard, dangerous or boring work for us, can help us to save lives and cope with disasters, can entertain us and make our daily life more comfortable. Advances in AI are occurring at high speed. The potential risks and problems of […]

Building an Inclusive ICT Innovation Ecosystem

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Sponsored Content Building an Inclusive ICT Innovation Ecosystem: A Success Story from Belarus Hi-Tech Park Established 10 years ago as a start-up initiative, Belarus Hi-Tech Park (HTP) has provided software and IT services production growth at 30-40% annually and is expected to reach $1b this year. 10 years ago, we could not have imagined such […]