The EU has some digital issues to deal with.
Today, the European Parliament is voting on whether to update a copyright bill. The changes would make it so platforms like Facebook and Google would have to pay artists and media cos whenever their links are uploaded. And be required to check every upload for copyright infringement. Earlier this year, EU politicians said ‘nope’ to all this, but members of parliament are bringing it back for round two. Supporters say this would help artists and the music industry. Critics say this would hurt online platforms that carry user-generated content (say byeee to remixes, fan videos, and memes).
The EU’s top court is hearing about the “right to be forgotten” – or when you can ask companies to remove certain personal info from their search engine. The court is debating whether to expand the right to countries outside of Europe. But Google’s not a fan and arguing ‘what happens in Europe, should stay in Europe.’
Both of these cases will take a couple rounds to get ironed out. But the EU has become a major player when it comes to your rights on the internet. See: