Joint Industry Letter: Time to rethink ePrivacy

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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.

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.

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

OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Didier Reynders, Commissioner-designate for Justice (2 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

Event: CONNECT University session “Workshop on the practices of online disinformation creation” (Brussels, 11 November 2019)

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Event: CONNECT University session “The Joint Action Plan of the European Commission on online disinformation and its implementation” (Brussels, 8 November 2019)

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Event: CONNECT University session “Disinformation: a social and political challenge” (Brussels, 21 October 2019)

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Agenda: Group of Experts for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy (main group) (14 October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP LIBE Committee – Vote on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online (24 September 2019)

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Stakeholder White Paper: Digital Ambitions for Europe 2024

This is a wide-ranging dossier on Europe’s regulation of the digital, telecom and media sectors towards 2024.

By Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE)

Press Release: The prohibition on processing certain categories of sensitive personal data applies also to operators of search engines

In the context of a request for de-referencing, a balance must be struck between the fundamental rights of the person requesting the de-referencing and those of internet users potentially interested in that information.

Judgment in Case C-136/17 GC and Others v Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL)

Press Release: The operator of a search engine is not required to carry out a de-referencing on all versions of its search engine

It is, however, required to carry out that de-referencing on the versions corresponding to all the Member States and to put in place measures discouraging internet users from gaining access, from one of the Member States, to the links in question which appear on versions of that search engine outside the EU.

Judgment in Case C-507/17 Google LLC, successor in law to Google Inc. v Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL).

Event: Modernizing Europe’s Rules for Digital Services (Brussels, 20 November 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: High Level Group on Internet Governance (main group) (21 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Antitrust Case: AT.40099 – Google Android

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9th Meeting of the Digital Single Market Strategic Group (DSM Strategic Group) (26 March 2019)

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