• Digital Agenda: further action needed to safeguard children – Commission report
    Press release13 September 2011

    How Member States are implementing EU Recommendations ensuring children can enjoy the digital world confidently and safely are reviewed by the European Commission in a report presented today. Member States and industry are increasingly making efforts to implement EU Recommendations dating from 1998 and 2006 on the protection of minors using audiovisual and online services. But the measures taken have been insufficient overall.

  • EU Kids Online - Final report
    Report / Study1 September 2011

    EU Kids Online aims to enhance knowledge of the experiences and practices of European children and parents regarding risky and safer use of the internet and new online technologies, in order to inform the promotion of a safer online environment for children.

  • Future Internet Conference & Future Internet Assembly, Budapest May 2011
    Report / Study15 July 2011

    Since the 'Bled declaration' during the Slovenian EU Presidency in 2008, a large community of researchers and other stakeholders has worked tirelessly to drive forward the vision for Europe’s internet-enabled future. “A significant change is required,” the declaration stated, “and the European Internet scientific and economic actors, researchers, industrialists, SMEs, users, service and content providers, now assert the urgent necessity to redesign the Internet, taking a broad multidisciplinary approach, to meet Europe’s societal and commercial ambitions.” In the warm spring sunshine of Budapest this dialogue was continued. The technical issues of the future internet were firmly placed within their political and societal context. Concerns and challenges were shared, ideas voiced, suggestions debated. Europe is still a hotbed for internet research and the FIA is the place to discover the cutting edge of this endeavour.

  • Commission consults on practical rules for notifying personal data breaches
    Press release14 July 2011

    The views of telecoms operators, Internet service providers, Member States, national data protection authorities consumer organisations and other interested parties are being sought by the European Commission on whether additional practical rules are needed to make sure that personal data breaches are notified in a consistent way across the EU. The revised ePrivacy Directive (2009/136/EC), which entered into force on 25 May 2011 as part of a package of new EU telecoms rules, requires operators and Internet service providers to inform, without undue delay, national authorities and their customers about breaches of personal data that they hold. The Commission wants to gather input based on existing practice and initial experience with the new telecoms rules and may then propose additional practical rules to make clear when breaches should be reported, the procedures for doing so, and the formats that should be used. Contributions to the consultation are welcome until 9th September 2011.

  • Internet essentials
    Speech28 June 2011

    OECD High Level Meeting on the Internet Economy, Paris, 28 June 2011.

  • Only two social networking sites protect privacy of minors' profiles by default
    Press release21 June 2011

    Only two social networking sites (Bebo and MySpace) tested on behalf of the European Commission have default settings to make minors' profiles accessible only to their approved list of contacts and only 4 sites ensure minors can be contacted by default by friends only (Bebo, MySpace, Netlog and SchuelerVZ). However, a majority of 14 social networking sites tested do give minors age-appropriate safety information, respond to requests for help and prevent minors' profiles from being searched via external search engines. The number of minors using social networking sites in the EU is growing - currently 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds who use the Internet.

  • Digital Agenda: "Best children's online content" competition winners
    Press release17 June 2011

    Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda has presented awards to the creators of the best online content, intelligent games, interactive online magazines or websites aimed at under 12 year olds. The Commission, together with Safer Internet Centres from 14 countries, received 780 projects in response to the "Best children's online content" competition, designed to encourage the creation of quality content and to highlight the existing potential for kids online. This first competition was open to young people and adults, NGOs, public and commercial organisations. Three winners in each of the two categories (young people and adults) received the awards. Winners came from Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and Poland.

  • 2nd European Summit on the Future Internet
    Event6 June 2011 to 7 June 2011

    One year after the 1st European Summit on the Future Internet, which took place in Luxembourg, the pace of technological development has continued unabated. Multiple initiatives have been launched worldwide in an attempt to identify the business and technological opportunities as well as the challenges that lie ahead in the transition to Internet enabled smart infrastructures. The 2nd European Summit on the Future Internet will be held on the 6th June 2011 and will provide a natural forum for the presentation and discussion of the issues, trends and actions confronting the future of the Internet. The summit will be the focal point for the exchange and sharing of lessons learnt and for the presentation and discussion of some of the developments that have taken place in the domain of smart cities. Particular emphasis will be given to presenting the first set of successful projects from the Future Internet PPP call. Future Internet Summit Award: Please see the open call for Innovative Ideas on the conference website!

  • Statement by Vice-Presidents Viviane Reding and Neelie Kroes on International Missing Children's Day
    Press release25 May 2011

    European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes said: "The pan-European hotline number 116 000 is a crucial tool for finding missing children. Today, 25th May, marks the deadline for EU Member States to implement new telecoms rules requiring them to 'make every effort to ensure that citizens have access to a service operating a hotline to report cases of missing children', and stipulating that 'the hotline shall be available on the number 116 000'".