EC Proposes Broad Data Protection Rules

On 25 January the European Commission published a broad legislative package aimed at safeguarding personal data across the EU. The proposal, if approved, is expected to strengthen citizens’ rights and could have a far-reaching impact on the way online data are collected and processed.

EC President Picks New Digital Agenda Commissioner

Yesterday, European president José Manuel Barroso unveiled his new team for the next four years. ICT and Telecoms – the so-called Digital Agenda – will be in the hands of current Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

Europe: No Agreement on Telecoms Reform Package

A user’s Internet access cannot be restricted without prior ruling by the judicial authorities, the European Parliament (EP) insisted on 6 May. This could throw the telecoms reform package into jeopardy.

ITU Forum Focuses on NGN, Internet Public Policy to Drive ICT

The Lisbon Concensus, adopted at the fourth ITU World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF-09) addressed telecommunications policy and regulatory issues associated with technological change and convergence in the rapidly evolving world of ICT.

EC Backs Commissioner Reding on Data Caps

The Council of EU Telecoms Ministers has agreed to force caps on the price of roamed data and text messages, to EUR0.11 and EUR1 per MB respectively, to be introduced in July 2009. Read the full press release… Source: EC, The Register

Europeans Pay over €10 Billion a Year in Spurious MTRs

The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) yesterday claimed that lucrative wholesale charges imposed by incumbent mobile operators for connecting calls to each other’s networks are both excessive and discriminatory. As a result, European consumers are being penalized.

Progress on EU Telecoms Reform Package, Says Reding

In a speech delivered after the gathering of EU Telecoms Ministers in Luxembourg, EC Commissioner Mrs. Viviane Reding said that there is a consensus about the need to maintain and strengthen competition in the European telecoms market and that all ministers see the need to ensure more regulatory consistency.

Europe to Allow Mobile Phone Use on Aircraft

The European Commission yesterday introduced rules to harmonize the technical and licensing requirements for mobile communication services on aircraft. Passengers’ phones will communicate through an onboard cellular network connected to the ground via satellite.