EPRS Briefing: Digital challenges for Europe [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The rapid development of digital technologies is posing a challenge to the European Union, spurring initiatives to catch up with the US and China in the area, notably in the context of the digital single market. Among the dilemmas are how to reconcile Europe’s sensitivity towards protecting private data with the need to use them in many algorithms, and ensure that automation and artificial intelligence strengthen rather than weaken labour market participation. This note offers links to a series of some recent commentaries and reports from major international think tanks and research institutes on digital challenges. Many earlier papers on the issue can be found in a previous item in the series, published in July 2018. Many reports on cybersecurity are available in a publication from October 2018.

Proposal concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)

Revised Presidency text of the ePrivacy proposal to be discussed at the WP TELE of 22 October 2019.

Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (6 November 2019)

Agenda items concern digital, food & drink and internal market policies.

Agenda: Audiovisual Working Party (morning only) (24 October 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (22 October 2019)

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Agenda: High Level Group on Internet Governance (main group) (10 October 2019)

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Event: IGF 2019 Pre-event: Leaving Hotel California: promoting alternatives to the Internet giants (Berlin, 25 November 2019)

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Public Consultation: BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation of the Open Internet Regulation

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UPDATED – Agenda: 14th Plenary Session of the EDPB (8-9 October 2019)

Update: a press release from the session is now available.

On 8 October, the Chair will provide information on the LIBE Hearing, the Meetings with Commissioners-designate, the European Commission evaluation of the GDPR, ECJ Judgements and the Status of ePrivacy negotiations. The meeting will then discuss the current focus of the EDPB, including the 3rd Annual Review of Privacy Shield, the Guidelines on the lawful basis for processing under Art. 6.1 (b) GDPR in the context of the provision of online services to consumers, the Art. 64 GDPR Opinion on Equinix BCRs, the Art. 64 GDPR Opinion on UK accreditation requirements for code of conduct monitoring bodies and the new ISO standard relating to data protection.

On 9 October, there will be an exchange of view on data protection and competition. Items for discussion and/or adoption include the Response letter to Sophie in’t Veld on PNR and the Letter to the Council Working Party on Sports Anti-Doping Code.

Press Release: Cybercrime is becoming bolder with data at the centre of the crime scene

Europol’s 2019 cybercrime report provides insights into emerging threats and key developments.

Cybercrime is continuing to mature and becoming more and more bold, shifting its focus to larger and more profitable targets as well as new technologies. Data is the key element in cybercrime, both from a crime and an investigate perspective.

OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President-designate for Europe fit for the Digital Age (8 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

Press Release: Fighting Terrorism Online: EU Internet Forum committed to an EU-wide Crisis Protocol

Today, the participants of the 5th EU Internet Forum, hosted by Commissioners Avramopoulos and King, have committed to an EU Crisis Protocol – a rapid response to contain the viral spread of terrorist and violent extremist content online. The Commission, Member States and online service providers, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, JustPaste.it and Snap have committed to working together on a voluntary basis within the framework set out by the Crisis Protocol, while ensuring strong data protection and fundamental rights safeguards. The EU Internet Forum also discussed the overall progress made in ensuring the removal of terrorist content online since its last meeting in December 2018 as well as how to strengthen cooperation on other challenges, such as child sexual exploitation online.

Call for tenders: European Digital Media Observatory

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5th Ministerial Meeting of the EU Internet Forum in Luxembourg (Luxembourg, 7 October 2019)

The EU Internet Forum will discuss the progress made in ensuring the removal of terrorist content online since its last meeting in December 2018 and look at the emerging challenges. Moreover, following discussions during the May meeting in Paris, organised in the aftermath of the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, and as part of the “Christchurch Call for Action”, the EU Internet Forum will seek commitment from industry and Member States on a common approach in addressing the online dimension of terrorist and violent extremist attacks as set out in the EU Crisis Protocol.

Event: Bloggers and influencers vs. encyclopaedias (Brussels, 9 October 2019)

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Proposal for a Regulation concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)

Revised Presidency text of the ePrivacy proposal to be discussed at the WP TELE of 11 October 2019.

Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (11 October 2019)

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Press Release: EU law does not preclude a host provider such as Facebook from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal

In addition EU law does not preclude such an injunction from producing effects worldwide, within the framework of the relevant international law which it is for Member States to take into account

Judgment in Case C-18/18 Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook Ireland Limited

Event: EDPB Stakeholder Event on Data Subject Rights (Brussels, 4 November 2019)

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Stakeholder Report: The Role of Competition Policy in Protecting Consumers’ Well-being in the Digital Era

By BEUC 

The report published by BEUC for the conference on “The Role of Competition Policy in Protecting Consumers’ Well-being in the Digital Era” makes several proposals to optimise the enforcement of EU competition law in the digital economy.

Event: Second Meeting of the CEPS Task Force on AI and Cybersecurity (Brussels, 29 October 2019)

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Event: Criminal Justice in the Digital Age (Brussels, 10 October 2019)

Digitalisation rapidly transforms our world and has profound effects on criminal justice in the European Union. On the one hand, it is a catalyst to cross-border crime, such as terrorism and cybercrime, but also offers new opportunities to effectively fight criminal activity. Europe must define and adopt solutions for both judicial and law enforcement authorities to ensure justice can be done and guarantee an effective security chain.

This event will provide an opportunity to reflect on the need for digitalisation of criminal justice cooperation in Europe and possible available solutions.

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