Children need quality content online to stimulate their imagination and help them learn, but they also need the skills and tools for using the Internet safely and responsibly.
Companies may collect information about consumers’ online activity and use it to tailor adverts or content shown, in a manner that is not always visible or easy to control for consumers. This is called Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA). Following Commissioner Neelie Kroes’ initiative, the European advertising ecosystem (publishers, advertisers, agencies, online advertising and media companies) has worked jointly through the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) on a comprehensive self-regulatory Best Practice Recommendation for OBA. Together with the Online Behavioural Advertising Framework of IAB Europe, it brings new means for the interaction of companies with consumers and establishes new standards for transparency and user control for OBA.
The Licences 4 Europe stakeholder dialogue was launched in February 2013 to ensure that copyright and licensing stay fit for purpose in this rapidly evolving digital context. The main purpose was to seek to deliver rapid progress in bringing content online through practical industry-led solutions. The dialogue concluded in November 2013 with 10 stakeholder pledges to bring more content online.
Cloud computing revolutionises the way we can access computing resources and brings many potential benefits to the European economy. Established as part of the European Cloud Computing Strategy, the European Cloud Partnership (ECP) brings together industry and other bodies to facilitate the faster adoption of cloud computing throughout all sectors of the economy. The Steering Board and Cloud Select Industry Group (C-SIG), with its three subgroups, provide input and advice on the implementation of policy actions.
Ideas for the future, set out in the Trusted Cloud Europe vision document, have been presented for comments to interested stakeholders (read the survey assessment).
A good example of SR/CR action is the work on a code of conduct for cloud computing providers that supports a uniform application of data protection rules, submitted for approval to the Article 29 Working Party.