Brookings Institution: EU Code of Practice on Disinformation

Brookings Institution: EU Code of Practice on Disinformation. “As platform signatories continue to grow their products and services, and disinformation continues to evolve, the larger question is whether cooperation between the private sector and the European Commission will make a meaningful difference against the spread of disinformation online. Ultimately, the EC will have to assess whether companies are significantly improving under self-regulatory codes, or if stricter legislative frameworks like the DSA are needed in the future.”

Reuters: EU antitrust regulators quiz developers on Google app payments – sources

Reuters: EU antitrust regulators quiz developers on Google app payments – sources . “EU antitrust regulators have asked app developers whether Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) unit Google’s threat to remove apps from its Play Store if they use other payment options instead of its own billing system has hurt their business, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.”

CNET: Europe’s Sweeping New Internet Rules Adopted by EU Parliament

CNET: Europe’s Sweeping New Internet Rules Adopted by EU Parliament. “The package consists of two pieces of legislation: the Digital Services Act, which protects the rights of internet users, and the Digital Markets Act, which is designed to create fair and open competition in the digital realm. Together the pair of laws propose a set of new rules for all digital services, including social media and online market places.”

Reuters: Google targeted in fresh EU consumer groups’ privacy complaints

Reuters: Google targeted in fresh EU consumer groups’ privacy complaints. “Alphabet unit Google has been targeted by a French consumer group and its peers in complaints to privacy watchdogs over its vast trove of users’ personal data harvested via their Google accounts, European consumer organisation BEUC said on Thursday. In addition to the French consumer group, others in Greece, the Czech Republic, Norway and Slovenia have taken their gripes to their data protection authorities, BEUC said.”

TechCrunch: Amazon agrees to drop Prime cancellation ‘dark patterns’ in Europe

TechCrunch: Amazon agrees to drop Prime cancellation ‘dark patterns’ in Europe. “Amazon has agreed to simplify the process required for cancelling its Prime membership subscription service across its sites in the European Union, both on desktop and mobile interfaces, following a series of complaints from regional consumer protection groups. The coordinated complaints about Amazon’s confusing and convoluted cancellation process for Prime were announced back in April 2021 — so it’s taken just over a year for the e-commerce giant to agree to change its ways.”

Bloomberg: EU reaches agreement on crypto regulation requiring personal data collection on every transfer

Bloomberg: EU reaches agreement on crypto regulation requiring personal data collection on every transfer. “The European Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement to force crypto providers to provide identifying information on all digital asset transactions, despite an industry backlash. The so-called transfer of funds regulation, or TFR, seeks to strengthen anti-money-laundering requirements to ensure that crypto transfers can always be traced and suspicious transactions blocked.”

Exclusive: Google Hit With Antitrust Complaint by Danish Job Search Rival (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Google Hit With Antitrust Complaint by Danish Job Search Rival. “Google was hit with an antitrust complaint on Monday after a Danish online job-search rival took its grievance to EU regulators, alleging the Alphabet unit had unfairly favoured its own job search service. The complaint could accelerate EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s scrutiny of the service, Google for Jobs, three years after it first came under her microscope.”

Euractiv: Italian data protection authority strikes another major blow to Google Analytics

Euractiv: Italian data protection authority strikes another major blow to Google Analytics. “The decision is the last in a row against Google Analytics, which data protection authorities accuse of illegally transferring data to the United States, a country that is considered not to have an adequate level of data protection since the landmark Schrems II ruling of the EU Court of Justice in July 2020.”

Search Engine Journal: Google, TikTok, & Others Agree To New EU Anti-Disinformation Code

Search Engine Journal: Google, TikTok, & Others Agree To New EU Anti-Disinformation Code. “Google, Meta, TikTok, and other tech giants reportedly agree to revisions of EU’s anti-disinformation code, which will have the companies share more information with the European Commission. A confidential report obtained by the Financial Times includes the details of an updated code of practice that some of the world’s largest tech companies have signed onto.”