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Clothilde Goujard is a POLITICO journalist based in Brussels, Belgium.
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Big Tech firms first in line for fines under the EU’s content law

06 Apr 2024  |  politico.eu
Tech giants such as Meta, X (formerly Twitter), TikTok, and Google may face investigations and fines by the European Union for not adequately addressing toxic content in compliance with the Digital Services Act (DSA). The EU Commission could fine companies up to 6% of their global annual revenue and even temporarily ban them. The DSA aims to hold platforms accountable for content moderation, with a focus on high-profile companies that have previously faced scrutiny for their handling of harmful content. The article details the potential impact on specific companies and their readiness for compliance, as well as the broader implications for the tech industry.

Europe warming up to Macron’s ‘strategic autonomy’ push away from US

04 Apr 2024  |  politico.eu
European Council President Charles Michel has indicated a growing favorability among EU leaders towards French President Emmanuel Macron's concept of 'strategic autonomy' from the United States. Michel's comments follow Macron's remarks on Europe's need to reduce dependency on the US and avoid involvement in non-European crises. Michel also defended his use of private jets and the European Council's international travel budget, emphasizing the importance of the EU's global presence in countering misinformation, such as that spread by Russian Minister Sergey Lavrov in Africa.

Ireland gambles on China’s big tech billions

19 Mar 2024  |  www.politico.eu
Ireland, traditionally allied with U.S. Big Tech, is now courting Chinese tech firms amidst global trade tensions. Former data protection chief Helen Dixon has expressed concerns over China's non-democratic status. Ireland's IDA has increased its presence in China, and Chinese Premier Li Qiang visited Dublin to meet Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Ireland's economy has benefited from tech giants like Apple and Google, but there is a risk of over-dependence on foreign companies. The government aims to diversify, welcoming firms like OpenAI and Chinese companies TikTok, Shein, and PDD Holdings. However, this diversification comes with challenges, including trade disputes, espionage, and data privacy issues. The EU is taking measures to protect critical technology, and U.S. restrictions on chip exports to China have impacted Ireland's semiconductor trade.

Pornhub sues EU over online content rules

07 Mar 2024  |  politico.eu
Europe's largest porn companies, including Pornhub, Stripchat, and Xvideos, have filed legal challenges against the European Union's Digital Services Act (DSA), contesting their classification as very large online platforms and the associated obligations. The European Commission had designated these websites as such, subjecting them to stricter content moderation requirements. The companies are also seeking to pause a rule mandating the creation of a public ad library. Pornhub's parent company Aylo disputes the Commission's user number calculations and emphasizes its intent to comply with the law. Xvideos and Stripchat have not commented on the matter.

EU goes after TikTok over child protection

19 Feb 2024  |  www.politico.eu
The European Union is investigating TikTok for potentially failing to protect children and privacy on its platform, examining issues such as addictive design, age verification, and default privacy settings. The probe, which could lead to fines, is a test of the EU's new powers under the Digital Services Act to police social media. TikTok, owned by Bytedance, has been asked to explain its safeguards for children's mental and physical health and its handling of illegal content. The company claims to have implemented features to protect teens and prevent under-13s from using the platform.

Hezbollah fires rockets at Israel in response to killing of Hamas leader

06 Jan 2024  |  politico.eu
Hezbollah launched a rocket attack on Israel, targeting an air surveillance base as retaliation for the killing of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri in Beirut. Israel responded with a drone strike. The escalation occurs amid U.S. diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, with Secretary of State Blinken discussing reconstruction and a multi-national force with Turkey, which has criticized Israel's actions. The EU's foreign policy chief and the UN's humanitarian chief expressed concerns over the conflict's regional impact and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Pornhub to face EU’s toughest online content regime

20 Dec 2023  |  politico.eu
The European Commission has designated Pornhub, Xvideos, and Stripchat as very large online platforms, subjecting them to stringent content moderation rules under the EU's Digital Services Act by April 2024. These platforms, visited by over 45 million Europeans monthly, must crack down on illegal and harmful content or face fines up to 6 percent of global turnover. The decision follows scrutiny over the platforms' handling of illegal content and pressure to implement age verification measures. While Pornhub and Stripchat reported monthly user numbers below the threshold, Xvideos did not meet the deadline and later reported over 160 million EU users. The Commission will oversee compliance, and companies can appeal their designation.

After Musk, EU gives Zuckerberg deadline to address Hamas content

12 Oct 2023  |  www.politico.eu
European Commissioner Thierry Breton has contacted Mark Zuckerberg of Meta to detail his plan to combat disinformation and illegal content related to Hamas attacks in Israel, in compliance with the EU's Digital Services Act. The DSA mandates swift removal of such content by platforms like Facebook and Instagram, with potential fines for non-compliance. Meta's spokesperson Al Tolan stated that a special operations center has been established to monitor the situation and limit misinformation. Similar requests were made to Elon Musk of X (formerly Twitter) and TikTok's Shou Zi Chew. The DSA also aims to address deepfakes ahead of upcoming elections in Poland and the Netherlands.

Europe wields new tech law to protect EU election

03 Oct 2023  |  www.politico.eu
The European Union is mandating major tech firms like Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok to enhance their efforts against disinformation and online threats ahead of the EU elections in June, under the new Digital Services Act (DSA). The European Commission has issued guidelines for these platforms to mitigate risks such as viral falsehoods and coordinated bot campaigns. Companies failing to comply could face significant fines. The Commission also plans to conduct stress tests with major platforms to ensure compliance with the DSA.

Big Tech’s to-do list under new EU content rules

23 Aug 2023  |  politico.eu
The EU's Digital Services Act (DSA), adopted in 2022, mandates 19 large online platforms and search engines to comply with new content rules aimed at curbing illegal and harmful digital content. Companies like Facebook, TikTok, and Amazon must remove illegal content, assess societal risks, and increase transparency. The European Commission can fine non-compliant companies up to 6% of annual global revenue and even temporarily ban them. The DSA also requires detailed reporting, user empowerment, targeted ad restrictions, and disclosure of operational information. Regulators and researchers will have access to company data and algorithms.

Europe fixed its poor intelligence sharing. Now it’s a privacy risk.

02 Jun 2023  |  POLITICO
The European Data Protection Supervisor has initiated an investigation into the EU border agency Frontex for sharing data from interviews with detained migrants and asylum seekers with the EU police agency Europol. This practice, aimed at combating smuggling and terrorism, may violate EU privacy laws. Frontex has shared information on 13,000 potential suspects since 2016. The EDPS audit raised doubts about the legality and respect for fundamental rights in Frontex's operations, which systematically collect data on potential suspects. The expansion of Europe's surveillance capabilities, including new powers for Europol and proposed laws for biometric data sharing, has also raised privacy concerns. The EDPS has given Frontex until the end of the year to make changes to ensure legal compliance.

ChatGPT could come back to Italy by end of April

26 Apr 2023  |  politico.eu
The Italian data protection authority, The Garante, has given OpenAI until April 30 to comply with privacy requirements, potentially lifting ChatGPT's temporary ban in Italy. OpenAI must verify users' ages, explain data processing, obtain consent, and allow data correction or deletion. An information campaign is required by May 14, and a detailed plan for a system to restrict access to minors under 13 is due by May 31. The temporary ban was due to alleged GDPR violations, including not verifying minors' ages. OpenAI is exploring age verification options and looks forward to making ChatGPT available in Italy again. The European Data Protection Board will discuss related issues, including a GDPR investigation into Meta.

Facebook, Twitter to face new EU content rules by August 25

25 Apr 2023  |  www.politico.eu
The European Union's Digital Services Act will require major social media platforms and search engines, including Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok, to address illegal and harmful content by August 25 or face significant fines. The European Commission will designate 19 large platforms and search engines that must comply with these new regulations, which include removing illegal content, protecting minors from targeted ads, and limiting disinformation. Companies must also conduct annual risk assessments and ensure high levels of privacy and security. Non-compliance could result in fines up to 6% of global annual turnover or temporary bans. The first major test will be the Slovak elections in September, with the Commission planning a compliance check at Twitter's headquarters in June.

ChatGPT is entering a world of regulatory pain in Europe

10 Apr 2023  |  www.politico.eu
ChatGPT, created by OpenAI, is facing significant regulatory challenges in Europe, including a temporary ban in Italy due to potential GDPR violations. European data protection authorities are coordinating to address privacy concerns, with potential investigations and enforcement actions. OpenAI has not established a local headquarters in the EU, making it vulnerable to actions from any member country. The situation highlights broader issues with AI regulation, as European lawmakers negotiate legal frameworks for the technology. OpenAI's lack of transparency regarding the dataset used to train ChatGPT has also been noted, and the company has faced criticism from various advocacy groups and individuals.

EU to Elon Musk: We’re snubbing your paid Twitter verification plan

06 Apr 2023  |  www.politico.eu
The European Union institutions, including the European Commission and European Parliament, have decided not to participate in Twitter's new paid-verification program, 'Twitter Blue'. This decision affects hundreds of official EU accounts, including those of high-profile figures such as Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Parliament President Roberta Metsola. The move comes amid concerns that the paid verification could lead to an increase in fake accounts and violate the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. Twitter has begun issuing gray checkmarks to government accounts, but the full implementation of the new policy remains unclear. Twitter's CEO Elon Musk's response to media inquiries about the program was dismissive, using a poop emoji.

Italian privacy regulator bans ChatGPT

31 Mar 2023  |  POLITICO
The Italian privacy regulator has temporarily banned ChatGPT, an AI tool by OpenAI, citing privacy violations and non-compliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The ban will remain until OpenAI addresses the issues, including a recent data breach and concerns over processing minors' data. OpenAI, which has disabled ChatGPT in Italy, disagrees with the findings and claims GDPR compliance. The company's CEO, Sam Altman, expressed respect for the Italian government's decision and his fondness for Italy.

Greek prime minister apologizes over country’s deadliest train crash

05 Mar 2023  |  politico.eu
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis apologized for the country's deadliest train disaster and announced plans to seek help from Brussels to modernize Greece's railway network. The collision in Tempe on February 28 killed at least 57 people and injured 85. Mitsotakis attributed the disaster to human error but acknowledged the need for modernization amid ongoing mass protests and criticism of the government's handling of rail safety. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a contract for upgrading the rail system, and the Greek government has formed an expert committee to investigate the crash, which has been met with opposition skepticism.

EU leaders fire warning shots at TikTok over privacy

10 Jan 2023  |  www.politico.eu
EU officials, including European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová and Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, warned TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew to comply with EU laws and address privacy concerns. The social media company, owned by China's ByteDance, is under scrutiny for potential unlawful data transfers and children's privacy. The meetings in Brussels focused on TikTok's commitment to EU regulations, data safety, and upcoming digital rules. Concerns were also raised about TikTok's data use regarding journalists and the need for transparency in political advertising and influencer marketing.

Europe turns on TikTok

10 Jan 2023  |  politico.eu
European officials, including French President Emmanuel Macron, have raised concerns about TikTok's data privacy practices and potential for spreading disinformation. Macron has called for regulation of the app, which is facing EU privacy probes and will need to comply with the EU's new digital rulebook. Germany's SPD and FDP have also suggested examining a ban on TikTok on government phones, echoing U.S. actions. The European Commission and Parliament are considering restrictions, while Ireland's privacy regulator is conducting investigations into TikTok's data transfers to China and child safety on the app.

The Swedes Europe needs to know

05 Jan 2023  |  www.politico.eu
Sweden's upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union is set to face challenges such as the economic crisis from the Ukraine war and a packed legislative agenda. Key figures include Lars Danielsson, the chief negotiator and Swedish ambassador to the EU; Jessika Roswall, the new European affairs minister; Christian Danielsson, state secretary to the EU affairs minister; Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs; Gertrud Ingestad, director general for human resources and security; and MEPs Jessica Polfjärd, Karin Karlsbro, and Sara Skyttedal. These individuals will play significant roles in navigating the presidency, pushing Sweden's priorities, and working on crucial EU laws.

Le plan massif de 200 milliards du chancelier allemand Olaf Scholz pour plafonner les prix de l'énergie

06 Dec 2022  |  LCP-Assemblée nationale
L'article discute le plan de 200 milliards d'euros annoncé par le chancelier allemand Olaf Scholz pour plafonner les prix de l'énergie en Allemagne. Cette initiative suscite des inquiétudes parmi les autres membres de l'Union européenne qui craignent une distorsion de la concurrence. L'émission 'La faute à l'Europe ?' présentée par Yann-Antony Noghès depuis le Parlement européen à Bruxelles, aborde cette question avec des invités et chroniqueurs. Ils offrent divers points de vue sur l'actualité européenne, y compris les perspectives de la France et les analyses de Jean Quatremer, un expert reconnu de la construction européenne.

Could Trudeau and Merkel work together in the Trump era?

On Jan. 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire at a mosque in Quebec city, killing 6 and injuring dozens.

(only producing, shooting and editing) Durante el 12° Foro Mundial Social en Montreal, Canadá los asistentes reclamaron justicia por el asesinato de la ambientalista hondureña Berta Cáceres asesinada el 3 de marzo.

Less than two dozen residents in Saint-Apollinaire Quebec voted to reject a plan to allow a cemetery for Muslims in the Quebec City region

After Mélanie Doucet was drugged at a music festival and a security official refused to help her, she started a petition calling for the City of Montreal to make crowded public events, like festivals, safer for women. The city listened.

In Canada, Syrian refugees cope with day-to-day life Welcomed with open arms — some even received coats from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself — the Syrian refugees who arrived in Canada a year ago are now facing their share of difficulties. Among them, 50-year-old Fahed Fattouh came with his wife and their two children after they fled the war-battered city of Aleppo via Beirut in 2012. A voiced AFPTV report. (AFP Video)

Muslims lose referendum for cemetery in Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec

17 Jul 2017  |  Canada's National Observer
In Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec, a referendum to decide on the creation of a Muslim cemetery resulted in its rejection. The vote, which was limited to 49 residents living near the proposed site, saw 19 votes against and 16 in favor, with one spoiled ballot. The Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City had been seeking a cemetery for a decade, and the need became more pressing after a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque. The rejection has been attributed to fear and misinformation by the mayor of Saint-Apollinaire, Bernard Ouellet. The incident has highlighted issues of intolerance and the challenges faced by the Muslim community in finding local burial grounds.

A film on the life of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela -- "Mandela: Long walk to freedom" -- premiered in London on Thursday in the presence of his daughter Zindzi Mandela as news broke of Mandela's death.

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