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  • EU privacy watchdog weighs in on data protection reform, shares concerns

    As European Union lawmakers in the Commission, Parliament and Council debate a new data protection law, the EU's data protection watchdog has chimed in, expressing some concerns and saying individuals' privacy rights should be at the core of the legislation.

    Written by Loek Essers29 July 15 02:10
  • EU Parliament takes strong stance against geoblocking

    A large majority of the European Parliament took a strong stance against geoblocking of online content in a report calling on the European Commission to reform E.U. copyright laws.

    Written by Loek Essers10 July 15 23:28
  • Europe prepares to enforce its take on net neutrality

    European Union citizens got their first look at draft net neutrality laws on Wednesday, more than a week after the European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached an agreement. Digital rights activists are guardedly optimistic about the guarantees it offers for access to an open Internet.

    Written by Loek Essers and Peter Sayer10 July 15 02:34
  • EU sets June 2017 as date to end mobile roaming charges

    European Union citizens will have to wait another couple of years before they are able to use their mobile phones anywhere within the EU without surcharge, after a compromise reached by lawmakers Monday night.

    Written by Peter Sayer and Loek Essers01 July 15 02:20
  • EU Parliament committee moves copyright reform forward

    The European Parliament's legal affairs committee is taking a strong stance against geo-blocking online content in a report on copyright reform that is largely in sync with the Commission, which is drafting new legislation intended to tackle issues that have arisen in the digital world.

    Written by Loek Essers17 June 15 02:30
  • EU Parliament votes for tougher rules on use of conflict minerals

    The European Parliament wants to apply strict disclosure requirements on companies whose products contain so-called conflict materials, often used in laptops, tablets and smartphones and other consumer electronics.

    Written by Loek Essers21 May 15 02:38
  • EU cars to get automatic emergency call system from 2018

    Cars and light vans in the European Union will be fitted with an automatic emergency call device as of March 2018, now that the European Parliament approved rules that make such a system mandatory.

    Written by Loek Essers28 April 15 23:02