A quick look at what is happening in the EU technosphere in February 2016 with leading tech journalist Jennifer Baker.
A quick look ahead at what is going to be on the ICT world agenda this month. First up, the Commission is to launch a public consultation on copyright, meaning that the long-awaited reform package will yet again be delayed. Could this be the ad hoc opportunity to revamp one of its controversial hot topic, ancillary copyright? Second, a few months after the revision of the cross-border portability of online content services proposal, Competition Commissioner Vestager seems to be willing to gear up and open up the market further. A step closer to the end of geoblocking? In other news, the ePrivacy Directive is to be reformed this year and the PNR package is not likely to be voted on until well into the second quarter of the year… Finally, despite the absence of EU-level proposals on encryption, the FBI vs Apple case is definitely something to watch out for. Jennifer Baker, leading Tech journalist, has the story.
Vice-President Ansip discusses with Jennifer Baker the first-ever proposal on a regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services.
9 December was a day to be set in stone for the Digital Single Market agenda. Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioners Věra Jourová and Günther Oettinger delivered the first-ever proposal on a regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services. Jennifer Baker, leading tech journalist, is joined by Vice-President Ansip to discuss this long-awaited proposal as well as other possibilities in the pipeline such as the infamous ancillary copyright and platforms regulation.
Exclusive interview with Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS Supervisor, on General Data Protection Regulation.
In the second part of his exclusive interview with viEUws, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) discusses the ongoing trilogue on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He is confident that a deal can be found before the end of 2016. He explores the impact of the recent European Court of Justice’s ruling on safe harbour on the implementation of the future data protection package. Giovanni Buttarelli gives an assessment of both the EU-US data protection “umbrella agreement” and the new EU proposal on Passenger Name Record. Finally, he presents his proposed EDPS new Ethics Board which is destined to unfold a new chapter for data protection. Jennifer Baker, leading Tech journalist, has the story.
EPP Spokesperson, Antti Timonen, unveils the agenda for 14 October 2015's mini plenary session.
A very busy mini-Plenary session awaits MEPs today. After having been deemed invalid by the ECJ, the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement needs shaking up and updating. ‘We would like a resolution on the topic (…) the invalidation of the Safe Harbor Agreement is a victory for data protection’ emphasises EPP Spokesperson, Antti Timonen. The second part of the agenda is the preparation of tomorrow’s EU Council, mostly dedicated to the issue of migration. The EU Council will focus on the allocation of an extra €401.3 million fund for asylum seekers relocation and resettlement. Last but not least, the Parliament will vote its position on the December COP21, where a new global agreement should be reached.
In this Brussels Briefing on Tech, Jennifer Baker provides an overview of the latest EU ICT policy developments for October 2015.
On Tuesday 6 October, the European Court of Justice invalidated the EU/US Safe Harbour Agreement for not-so-safe EU personal data sharing. In other news, the Council’s position on Data Protection Directive law enforcement is expected shortly as trialogues are still ongoing on the counterpart Regulation. Roaming charges will be abolished by 2017, but the Parliament needs to rubber stamp those and work out the whys and wherefores of how details will be managed. Seven Digital Single Market consultations are still on the table, amongst them platforms and geo-blocking. Finally, Commissioner Oettinger’s copyright proposals are to be revealed in next two months.
James Holtum, spokesperson for the ECR Group, talks about the Telecoms Digital Single Market package trialogue.
Jennifer Baker is joined by James Holtum, spokesperson for the ECR Group, who discusses the trialogue on the Telecoms Digital Single Market package.
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) MEPs are to meet on Monday to work on a compromise deal that will address a number of controversial issues including roaming charges and net neutrality. Holtum is hopeful for a deal on the Telecoms Package by 2016.
James Holtum talks with leading Tech journalist about the Copyright reform in the limelight of Julia Reda's report.
James Holtum, ECR Group spokesperson, joins Tech journalist Jennifer Baker to talk about the copyright reform.
EU copyright reform needs to strike a balance between the interests of creators, rights holders and consumers, Holtum advocates. He says the ECR supports the creation of a digital single market, but that any new legislation needs to clarify the legal position of those producing and distributing content. Harmonising copyright law across the EU is less of a priority.
A quick look at what is happening in the EU technosphere in February 2016 with leading tech journalist Jennifer Baker.
Leading TECH journalist, Jennifer Baker, delivers a brief yet thorough insight of the current most pressing issues in the EU Technosphere. First up is obviously the most debated rebranding strategy of the past weeks: Privacy Shield — turns out that it is not that different from its late cousin, Safe Harbour. Second, the Commission came up with some new proposals on Spectrum. Telecoms industry will get the valuable 700-MHz band for mobile, and TV broadcasters will have to relinquish it by 2020. Third, consultation is almost over and the Commission is set to give its feedback on its various plans for the Digital Single Market. The Platform situation seems to be stuck in red tape limbo. Could Competition Commissioner Vestager’s input prove useful accelerating EU policy-making? Watch this space. Google seems to be up the creek without a paddle and, this time, it is about taxes and controversial deals. Jennifer Baker has the story.
James Holtum, ECR Group spokesperson, outlines his block's stance and expectations for the Dutch Presidency of Council of the EU.
In early January, the Dutch took over the Council of the European Union Presidency with a fourfold work programme focusing on migration and international security, sound finances and a robust eurozone, innovation and growth, and forward-looking climate and energy policy. James Holtum, ECR Group spokesperson, outlines his block’s main expectations for the upcoming six months, urging the Presidency not to wait until the end of its term to come up with proposals. As part of the diplomatic protocol, Dutch PM Mark Rutte is to face MEPs’ questions on the Presidency’s priorities and workload on Wednesday 20 January.
This video demonstrates how Mobile Connect offers a solution by providing citizens with a secure and convenient way to prove who they are, with the device that’s always with them; their mobile phone.
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"Data protection as a bulwark for digital democracy", keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, the EDPS.
“Data protection as a bulwark for digital democracy“, keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, the EDPS, at the 6th International e-Democracy 2015 Conference on Citizen rights in the world of the new computing paradigms.
Overview of the Top 5 Tech priorities that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Dutch EU Presidency.
In this special briefing, leading journalist Jennifer Baker picks out the Top 5 Tech priorities that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Dutch EU presidency:
Encryption: The Dutch government took a strong stance against encryption backdoors.Smart borders: The plan is to set up a digital framework to monitor all non-EU nationals entering and exiting the EU.Safe Harbour: The Presidency will pay close attention Commissioner Jourova’s ‘Safer’ Harbour negotiations with the US.Digital Single Market: Justice and Home Affairs ministers and Competition ministers will meet several times over the next six months in an effort to move forward with the Digital Single Market.Spectrum Reform: Telecoms ministers in May will look at strategies for the future of the UHF broadcasting band and how to slice and dice the available spectrum.
Live discussion " Finishing line in sight for the GDPR: the devil is in the details", panellists: Wojciech Wiewiórowski (EDPS, Assistant Supervisor) and Jan Philipp Albrecht MEP.
European data protection regulations are about to get a much tougher. The new Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), currently in trialogue discussions between the European Parliament, Commission and Council is due to be finalised by the end of the year. It is the biggest update to EU Privacy law since the 1990s – a pre-Internet Age!
The regulation will see new definitions of “personal data” as well as binding requirements in the case of data breaches. As a regulation it will be uniformly applied across the EU, but national data protection agencies (DPA) will have a huge job with enforcement. How DPAs will coordinate with one another is still a grey area, making it difficult for businesses to get their policies in order in anticipation of the law.
Since the ECJ Schrems ruling, many are asking how international businesses can cope with differing rules in the EU and US. Smaller businesses are scared that compliance costs will soar and citizens need a clear procedure to follow when something goes wrong.
Tackling all these questions in our ViEUws discussion are Jan Philipp Albrecht, the European Parliament Rapporteur and regulator, and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, the deputy European Data Protection Supervisor.
Exclusive interview with Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS Supervisor, on the Safe Harbor ruling.
On 6 October 2015, the European Court of Justice deemed the infamous Safe Harbor Agreement invalid, triggering varied reactions in and outside Brussels. In an exclusive interview for viEUws, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) gives Jennifer Baker, leading Tech journalist, an overview of the lessons to be drawn from the ruling, the impact of the decision on EU citizens as well as the efficacy of new instruments aimed at ensuring a high level of data protection.
Highlights of the presentation of the EDPS Strategy 2015-2019 (2 March 2015)
Giovanni Buttarelli presented the EDPS Strategy 2015-2019 at a launch event on 2 March 2015. He and other speakers highlighted that this is an historic moment for data protection. They emphasised the importance of the EDPS’ role as an independent institution working both with the EU legislature and with data protection authorities (DPAs) to address new and evolving challenges to data protection and privacy.
Richard More O'Ferrall, spokesperson of the Greens Group, on the ECJ Ruling of EU/US Safe Harbor Agreement.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is to release today a highly anticipated judgement on whether EU citizens’ data shared with the US in the framework of the Safe Harbor Agreement are, actually, safe. The Parliament has repeatedly demanded the Commission to put an end to this Agreement. The Greens group hopes that the ECJ will deem said data sharing illegal, forcing the Commission, that has thus far ignored MEPs’ plea, to revoke the Safe Harbor Agreement.
This Brussels Briefing on Tech provides an extensive update on the latest digital & ICT policy developments in the European Union for June 2015.
In this Brussels Briefing on Tech, leading journalist Jennifer Baker provides an extensive update on the latest EU digital & ICT policy developments:
European Commission negotiations over net neutrality and roaming have stalled.French president Francois Hollande announces plans to create a legal definition of net-neutrality.Digital Economy Commissioner Günther Oettinger says he will launch an Audiovisual Media Services Directive in the coming weeks.The Commission launches a comprehensive assessment of the role of online platforms.Telecoms sectors mergers: Competition Commissioner Vestager denies political motivations in her targetting of big U.S. tech firms.Anti-trust cases: Google asks for an extension to prepare its defence to the probe for alleged abuses of its dominance in the search sector.Copyright: 8 July sees a plenary vote on Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda’s report.The Council finds common ground on the General Data Protection Regulation: the first trialogue meeting is scheduled for 24 June.
Featuring a statement from EU Commissioner for Digital Economy Günther Oettinger, Pastora Valero – head of the head of Government Affairs for the EMEAR (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia) region at Cisco and James Holtum, ECR Group spokesperson.
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