Items tagged "European Union"

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The Copyright Directive Is SOPA Part 2, and It’s Coming for Your Internet

April 8, 2019 Copyright , copyright directive , EU , European Union , SOPA

Last week, the European Parliament voted 348 to 274 to pass the Copyright Directive. Unless something truly extraordinary happens during the upcoming meeting of the European Council — think of it as the Senate of the EU, where the governments of Member States are represented — draconian and highly disruptive new rules on content licensing and monitoring will become EU law.

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The Horrible EU Copyright Idea You Aren’t Hearing About

January 29, 2019 Copyright , copyright directive , European Union , Global , Platform Regulation

If you follow global tech policy, you probably know that the European Union is in the process of adopting a Copyright Directive to update its copyright framework. The Copyright Directive is infamous on this side of the Atlantic because of the mandate for automated web filters contained in Article 13 of the same. Elsewhere, we’ve written about the harmful effects for free expression that Article 13 would have.

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How Europe’s New Copyright Directive Targets Your Favorite Mods

July 5, 2018 copyright directive , European Union , gaming , mods

How many images or videos have you seen of Minecraft? If you’ve seen versions of the game with fantastic characters from some of your favorite franchises or exotic lands, then you may have been looking at a mod. Modifications (or “mods”) are how members of the gaming community add to the games they love. Companies realize that mods are great for business and keep games alive and popular, enabling them to stand on their own for much longer.

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The Five Worst Things About the Proposed EU Copyright Directive

July 3, 2018 Censorship , Copyright , copyright directive , European Union , journalism

On July 5, the European Parliament will vote on the Copyright Directive. Although the Directive is being sold as an attempt to modernize copyright law in Europe, it is an ill-conceived policy that will hurt consumers and stifle innovation. Here are the top five reasons to oppose this legislation.

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The European Privacy Law You Haven’t Heard Of

June 15, 2018 Data Protection , European Union , GRPR , Privacy

The GDPR entered into force late last month, but that doesn’t mean the European Union’s mission to protect online privacy has stopped.

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The First Tangible Effects of the GDPR

May 10, 2018 Data Protection , European Union , GDPR , Priavcy , security

Over the past two weeks, you’ve probably received numerous privacy policy updates from online companies. For example, last week LinkedIn sent its users an e-mail informing them of changes to its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, explaining, “[w]e now meet the high standard for data privacy introduced by the new European data protection law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect later in May.”

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Will Europe Force the U.S. to Move Faster on Privacy Reform?

April 17, 2018 Cybersecurity , Data Security , European Union , International , Privacy

On April 12th, the Irish High Court elevated a series of questions to the European Court of Justice (ECJ, the Supreme Court of the European Union) regarding the validity of key legal instruments used by American tech companies to process Europeans’ personal data. Judge Caroline Costello of the Irish High Court is concerned about the national surveillance practices of the United States and the level of privacy rights observed there.

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Net Neutrality Challenges in the World: Zero-Rating in the European Union

July 18, 2017 European Union , Net Neutrality , Zero Rating

We all hate running out of mobile internet data. The solution? Unlimited mobile data plans that are usually too expensive for the average consumer, or in many places simply not available. In these circumstances, zero-rating (where a network operator offers unlimited data for specific applications or services) may appear to be an appealing answer. But, as economists like to say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

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