Almost one in three Europeans say they would like to be able to use their streaming and online services cross border, according to a new survey from the EU’s Digital Agenda for Europe.
Despite geo-blocks, a significant number of Internet users are aware of how to access restricted content through VPNs, according to new research from Global Web Index.
The European Commission is considering a formal competition inquiry into geo-blocking in Europe that would make services like Netflix accessible regardless of country. Margrethe Vestager, European Competition Commissioner, said that it was not acceptable that European customers cannot access the content they are already paying for when they visit other countries. This goes against the Read More
Privacy activist Max Schrems is taking a case against Facebook to the European Court of Justice today to prevent US government agencies accessing user data.
The vice president of the EU’s digital single market initiative believes that geo-blocking should be a thing of the past.
France is proposing new legislation that will make social media sites like Facebook and Twitter partially responsible for terrorist content posted on their sites. President Francois Hollande said the new draft law, set to be presented next month, will make social media sites “accomplices” if they do not block terrorism-related content from their sites.
Vince Cable, the UK’s Business Secretary, has backed calls for a single European digital market, which would mean removing geo blocks on Netflix content across Europe.
If you’ve been keeping a close eye on the status of the Sony attacks over the past month, you should know there’s been a bit of rampant speculation as to who was actually responsible for bringing the movie studio to their knees over the release of a Seth Rogen buddy comedy.
Following last week’s terrorists in Paris and yesterday’s solidarity march, several EU ministers have proposed new Internet censorship and surveillance tactics. The statement issued on Sunday said the world’s leaders must fight radicalism “notably on the Internet”. The statement goes on to say:
Pirate Bay, the most popular torrent website, was shut down on December 9, 2014 in the ongoing fight against online piracy, but it has shown almost no effect on the piracy levels, as the numbers rose back to the same levels over the following days.