More than a year after Heartbleed, has anything changed ?


In April 2014, a major security bug was discovered in the OpenSSL cryptography library, which is widely used across the Internet (chances are that if you've been on a secure site with an URL starting with https, you've used OpenSSL). The bug itself was promptly fixed, but the fact that it could even have existed for two years without anybody noticing raised major concerns. How could such a crucial ... [Continue Reading]

How will Europe address users’ trust in cloud computing?


The latest data from Eurostat indicates that only one out of every five EU enterprises makes use of cloud computing services, despite the benefits of such services being widely underlined and the untapped potential of cloud computing being universally agreed.Several discrete barriers have been identified as impeding the desired further uptake of cloud computing. Ranking very high are security and ... [Continue Reading]

On software bundling and user choice


Last week, on July 30, Chris Beard, CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, wrote an open letter to Microsoft’s CEO, lamenting the fact that upgrading to Windows 10 does not save the user's preferences, and, in particular, his or her choice of default browser. Beard called on Microsoft to "reconsider [its] business tactic" and "respect people’s right to choice and control of their online experience".Upon ... [Continue Reading]

German court ruling brings into focus the EU rules for intermediary liability


Disclaimer: Google, which is mentioned in this blog post, is a member of OFEThe Higher Regional Court in Hamburg in Germany revisited the topic of liability of online intermediaries in its ruling of 1 July, opposing Google YouTube and GEMA, the German collecting society. The official press release is available only in German and it follows the preliminary ruling of the European Court of Justice ... [Continue Reading]

How open is EU public procurement data ?


A huge amount of data is generated daily by public procurement authorities throughout the EU. This is of course immensely useful as that data can be mined to identify interesting trends and produce analysis (such as our very own Procurement Monitoring Reports which aim to document the practice and discriminatory impact of referring to specific brand names when procuring for ICT solutions). Most of ... [Continue Reading]