Category Archives: Policy and Law

WHD.global 2017: political.ARENA powered by eco

28 March 2017 – Booth S18, 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Face 2 Face with the Experts – Get first hand information on the Industry´s hot topics Privacy Shield, Critical Infrastructures and Data Retention.

Meet Internet Policy Makers and Data Protection Experts at the political.ARENA powered by eco. Continue reading

WHD.global 2017: Transatlantic Business At Stake – Will Europe Draw Its Trumps?

28 March 2017 – Cinema 4D (.NET Arena), 10:05 AM

Since October 2015, the EU-US Safe Harbour protections are gone. This has changed the transatlantic transfer of personal identifiable information. In July 2016 the EU Commission adopted “Privacy Shield” as a valid possibility for legal data transfer. But “Privacy Shield” is under attack – unfettered access of law enforcement and intelligence to personal data of European Citizens are still a daily occurrence.

As if that weren’t enough, with protectionism being on the rise, transatlantic business is facing a lot of risks. How will the political sector respond to the challenges of the new U.S. administration? Continue reading

Photo of Harald Summa, sw, 300 dpi

Germany and France Must Drive Digital Transformation in Europe

On today‘s German/French Conference on the Digitalization of the Economy, Harald Summa, CEO of eco – Association of the Internet Industry e.V, says:

"The action plan that the German Young Digital Economy Advisory Board (Beirat Junge Digitale Wirtschaft) has put forward jointly with the French Digital Council (Conseil National du Numérique), formulates clear recommendations for action for German/French digital policy. Two points are especially important from my perspective: Firstly, the internationalization of European digital companies, and secondly, the development of fair conditions for competition. Continue reading

Five Questions on State Surveillance: Klaus Landefeld

We asked Klaus Landefeld, eco Director for Infrastructure & Networks, five questions on the digital policy topic of the month: State Surveillance.

1.) Mr. Landefeld, how important are fundamental principles like freedom and openness for the Internet?

We claim that we are living in a free democratic basic order, in which privacy, the right to express our opinions, the rejection of censorship, and similar civil rights are seen as self-evident.

These principles should also apply to the Internet as a medium of communication: The safeguarding of the open Internet supports the freedom of information and opinion and guarantees diversity with regard to social concerns. Continue reading