The European Commission adopted the 2018 revision of the ISA² rolling work programme on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. The work programme includes 53 actions, of which 36 are ongoing from the previous years and 10 are new. For seven actions from the previous years, no additional funding is necessary to ensure their completion. The budget for 2018 is EUR 26.4 million.
The European Commission has today proposed new rules to ensure that digital business activities are taxed in a fair and growth-friendly way in the EU. The measures would make the EU a global leader in designing tax laws fit for the modern economy and the digital age.
Liberal and Democrat MEPs have this evening welcomed the expected announcement by the European Commission tomorrow of a new “Digital Tax”, targeting large multinational digital companies, aimed at ensuring they are taxed based on where they generate revenue, rather than where they have their regional headquarters.
Today, S&D MEPs called for representatives from Cambridge Analytica and Facebook to come to the European Parliament to explain allegations that data of over 50 million Facebook users had been harvested without their permission and used for political purposes.
On 14 and 15 March 2018 Europol’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) took part in two Referral Action Days with colleagues from the national referral units of Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, targeting terrorist content located on WordPress.com, a blogging service, and VideoPress, a video-hosting service for WordPress sites. The intensive referral campaign identified over 900 items of branded terrorist propaganda that were swiftly flagged to the platform moderators for further review and eventual removal.