Google AdSense Publishers Must Now Obtain EU Visitors’ Consent Before Collecting Data

Sarah Perez, Tech Crunch,  Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Google has announced a change to its user consent policy which will affect website publishers using Google products and services, including Google AdSense, DoubleClick for Publishers and DoubleClick Ad Exchange, as well as whose sites or apps have visitors arriving from the European Union. Under the new policy, publishers will have to obtain EU end users’ consent before storing or accessing their data, says Google.

EU Privacy Watchdog Backs Strict Fines for Firms Abusing Data

Natalia Drozdiak, Wall Street Journal,  Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Europe’s data-protection watchdog is advising European Union lawmakers to slap strict fines on businesses violating new data-privacy rules that will tighten guidelines on how companies — including U.S. firms operating in Europe — manage their customers’ data. The European Parliament, representatives of the national governments and the European Commission — the bloc’s executive body — are trying to hammer out the final version of the law by year-end in so-called trilogue negotiations.

My competition philosophy

Margrethe Vestager (European Commissioner for Competition), POLITICO EU,  Monday, July 20, 2015

Effective competition puts companies to a test — it makes sure they have an incentive to invest and to innovate, to keep up with their rivals. It also gives companies a fair chance — they can compete on their merits, without being pushed out of markets by unfair practices or by subsidized rivals. So they can contribute to job creation and economic growth, while allowing consumers to share the benefits of the single market.

UK High Court strikes down British data retention law

David Meyer, POLITICO EU,  Saturday, July 18, 2015

The U.K. High Court struck down a key piece of the country’s surveillance legislation on Friday, but gave the government nine months to rewrite it. The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) had been fast-tracked a year ago as “emergency” legislation, after Europe’s highest court struck down the data retention directive for the European Union. The U.K. law gives enforcement and intelligence agencies a way to force communications providers to store records of their customers’ activities.

Principles for the Digital Single Market

Andreas Streim and Constantin Gissler, Bitkom,  Thursday, July 16, 2015

The leading tech trade bodies in the UK, France and Germany have today set out the eight principles that they argue should guide the development of the Digital Single Market. Together they are calling on policy makers and politicians to apply these principles as they develop the policy and legislative proposals that will be at the heart of the European Digital Single Market. The three trade associations will be meeting with EU policy makers and MEPs ahead of the first raft of digital single market proposals that will be published by the European Commission in the autumn.

Google antitrust proceedings: Digital business and competition

European Parliamentary Research Service,  Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Google case may provide an opportunity for the Commission to clarify some aspects of competition law with regard to certain digital practices, and to close the difficult gap between the rights of companies who dominate the market, free competition and consumer protection.

Challenges for Competition Policy in a Digitalised Economy

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Parliament,  Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This study describes the challenges that competition policy faces in relation to the digital economy. It explores the specific characteristics of digital economy markets and how these characteristics impact competition policy. This study was well underway when the Commission presented its Digital Single Market (DSM) plans on 6 May 20151, including the announcement of an e-commerce sector inquiry. It is expected that the sector inquiry will deliver its first results in 2016. This study already offers a first overview on market developments and its implications for competition policy. The study focuses on to the economic and legal analysis of competition problems that are caused by the characteristics of the digitalised economy. As such, competition policy and its instruments such as anti-trust laws, merger regulation, State aid, and sector regulation are at the centre of the study. Other policy fields, for instance trade policy, industrial policy and consumer protection fall outside the scope.

Managing accessibility in the public procurement of ICT

European Committee for Standardisation,  Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The scope of the Accessible ICT Procurement Toolkit is based on the contents of EN 301 549 and related Technical Reports produced in the context of Mandate 376. Nevertheless, the Toolkit includes a wide range of support and guidance material to facilitate procurers in incorporating accessibility as a criterion in the procurement of ICT products and services.

Access to Electronic Data by Third-Country Law Enforcement Authorities: Challenges to EU Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS),  Friday, July 10, 2015

This study examines the challenges to European law posed by third-country access to data held by private companies for purposes of law-enforcement investigations in criminal proceedings. The proliferation of electronic communications is putting cloud-computing companies under severe strain from multiple demands from the authorities to acquire access to such data.

EU Privacy Regulations: Who Will Own Your Data Now?

Frances McLeod, Corporate Counsel,  Wednesday, July 08, 2015

As Europe edges toward new data-privacy legislation, tech companies like Google and Facebook won’t be the only corporate entities that will have to exercise greater care in handling data. The Data Protection Regulation that the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union are currently working toward finalizing by the end of this year will introduce a plethora of issues that will affect how corporations, as well as their risk management advisors and data analysts, use data. And executives at multinationals doing business in E.U. countries or employing citizens from those countries will no longer be able to skirt rigorous policies and procedures around data privacy and protection.