Germany: ‘Digital Agency’ To Enforce Consumer Rights Online

Germany’s Federal Ministries of Economic Affairs and Justice are considering creating a central agency that would enforce issues related to competition, markets and consumer rights. This would enhance the country’s digital agenda, which asks for ‘more security, sovereignty and self-determination in the digital economy.’
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eco Becomes Association of the Internet Industry

  • Renaming in anniversary year
  • Reaction to globalization of Internet industry
  • Continual growth in international membership

For its twentieth birthday, the Internet industry association with the largest membership in Europe has been renamed: The word “German” has been removed from the association name – the official name, effective immediately, is now “eco – Association of the Internet Industry e. V.”. The association is reacting to the globalization of the Internet industry, as well as to world-wide association and business relationships, and to the continual growth in international member company numbers. Continue reading


eco Reports on the State of the Cyber-Crime Nation

7 October, 2.30pm, IT Security Expo and Congress it-sa (Nuremberg), Auditorium (Hall 12, stand 675)

Around 40% of computers in Germany are infected with malware. On average around ten different viruses, worms, Trojans or other malware are on infected computers. In one case over 1,000 malicious programs were found on a single computer. These figures are among the key points eco - Association of the German Internet Industry highlight in current analyses on the “State of the Cyber-crime Nation”. “Despite all of the educational efforts, we have to say that the infection rate in German computers is still very high,” explains Oliver Dehning, Leader of the eco Competence Group Security. Continue reading