EU Media Policy

Not Neutrality but ‘Open Internet’ à l’Européenne

On 27 October, the European Parliament approved a new regulation which will abolish roaming charges across the EU. However, in the same regulation, there was also discussion of the more technical question of net neutrality, a thorny issue which centres on the principle of equal treatment for all web traffic.  In this piece, Chris Marsden, Professor of Internet and […]

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    EU drops the net neutrality principle – will it mean content restrictions?

EU drops the net neutrality principle – will it mean content restrictions?

Monica Horten is a European expert on internet policy and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Here, she explains how the new EU regulation on telecoms may be good news for travellers with mobile phones, but argues that pressing issues remain on the future of net neutrality in Europe.

A new EU telecoms law adopted on […]

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    Children and the internet: mapping the patterns of policymaking

Children and the internet: mapping the patterns of policymaking

In July 2015, the European Commission published the Better Internet for Kids benchmarking tool (the BIK map). Elisabeth Staksrud and Dag Grytli, from the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Oslo, present the most important findings of the new report and explain why the EU Kids Online survey stands out from other related research tools, ahead of The Safer Internet Forum taking place […]

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    Negotiating the Data Protection Thicket: Life in the Aftermath of Schrems

Negotiating the Data Protection Thicket: Life in the Aftermath of Schrems

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) declared that the Safe Harbour agreement which allowed the movement of digital data between the EU and the US was invalid. The Court was ruling in a case brought by Max Schrems, an Austrian student and privacy campaigner who, in the wake of the Snowden revelations of mass […]

(Un)Safe Harbour: Stop! Or the Court of Justice will shoot

In the following post, Diana Dimitrova of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law, discusses the implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (ECJ) ruling that the Safe Harbour scheme is invalid, and looks at the powers of national supervisory authorities in ensuring compliance with the rights to privacy and data protection.

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Safe Harbour: Key Aspects of the ECJ Ruling

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) declared that the Safe Harbour agreement which allowed the movement of digital data between the EU and the US was invalid. The Court was ruling in a case brought by Max Schrems, an Austrian student and privacy campaigner who, in the wake of the Snowden revelations of mass surveillance, […]

The AVMS Directive: lacking a long-term political vision?

Ross Biggam, Director General of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe, explains that he is among the few hundred people around the EU, predominantly in Brussels’ EU quarter, who were last week putting the finishing touches to responses to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive consultation. He was drafting a response on behalf of European commercial broadcasters, but here offers […]

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    European Digital Single Market Consultations Tackle Cross-Border Copyrights & Content

European Digital Single Market Consultations Tackle Cross-Border Copyrights & Content

Sally Broughton Micova of the University of East Anglia explains the relevance of the new public consultations recently launched by the European Commission as part of its Digital Single Market initiative. For more information about upcoming consultations see here.

On Friday 25 September, the European Commission launched two consultations that really get to the heart of what was envisioned in […]

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    Data transfers to the US: Safe Harbour declared invalid. What are your options now?

Data transfers to the US: Safe Harbour declared invalid. What are your options now?

One of Europe’s most senior lawyers, Advocate General (AG) Bot, yesterday declared the EU-US Safe Harbour regime invalid. His opinion has profound implications for organisations transferring personal data to the US or importing personal data from Europe. Ross McKean, from Olswang LLP, explains here the practical implications for companies transferring personal data from Europe to the US.

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    The Willems judgment: CJEU’s missed chance to rein in biometric data usage

The Willems judgment: CJEU’s missed chance to rein in biometric data usage

In her fourth post on data retention and border controls, Diana Dimitrova from KU Leuven looks at the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) judgment in the Willems case. Diana discusses the Court’s reasoning on the applicability of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (CFREU) to the further usage of the biometrics (facial and fingerprint […]