French secretary of state and European Parliament rapporteur agree on key aspects of the Digital Markets Act
Cédric O, French secretary of state for the digital sector, and Andreas Schwab, rapporteur in the European Parliament lead committee, agreed that the draft EU Digital Markets Act should only target a limited number of players, should be more flexible to tackle potential future unfair practices by gatekeepers, and its enforcement should be centralised at EU level.
Negotiations between EU and US authorities continue over a new framework for EU-US data transfers
A new durable framework for EU-US data transfers is a top priority for both the European Commission and the US government, following the invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield.
EU Digital Economy Weekly Report
This week’s edition features stories about an in-depth analysis by Cullen International of the European Commission’s proposal to regulate the use of artificial intelligence in the EU; calls by the European Parliament for a proposal by June 2021 for a new EU digital services tax; agreement between Parliament and the Council on temporary rules allowing over-the-top communication apps to deviate from the e-privacy rules to detect child abuse material; a conference discussing a new framework for EU-US data transfers fully compliant with the Schrems 2.0 judgement; and a conference discussing cross-border enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation against big tech companies and shortcomings in the one-stop-shop mechanism. The report also lists events taking place this week.
New legislation adopted in Germany reflects 5G security concerns
The new law will empower the Federal Ministry of the Interior to ban the use of critical components (potentially including 5G equipment) by telecoms operators due to concerns regarding national security and public order. However, there is no outright ban on the use of 5G equipment from certain suppliers.
Belgian and French courts respond differently to data retention ruling by EU’s top court
Whereas the French supreme court gave six months to the government to annul the contested provisions in national data retention legislation, the Belgian constitutional court annulled the contested provisions in national data retention legislation with immediate effect.
AI regulation: analysis of European Commission proposal for a legal framework on artificial intelligence
The European Commission presented on 21 April 2021 its long-awaited proposal to regulate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe. This flash message provides an in-depth analysis of the proposal.