18 July 2018
The European Commission today fined Google (Alphabet Inc.) for breaking EU competition law in abusing its dominance in the market of mobile operating systems. Google’s Android is by far the most popular operating system among phone and tablets manufacturers, with a market share of more than 80% in Europe.
10 July 2018
Today, Parliament regrettably missed an opportunity to establish mandatory security requirements for connected products such as smart watches, baby monitors or smart locks. This is the outcome of a vote in its industry (ITRE) committee.
05 July 2018
Today the European Parliament cast an important vote on the reform of EU copyright law. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) very much welcomes the Parliament's decision to reopen the debate and allow changes to a heavily unbalanced position.
Our work areas
The internet has come to be a central plank in so much of the commercial, personal and professional lives of European consumers. While this new environment grows ever bigger and more important, it must be remembered that consumers deserve as much protection online as they do off. The issue of privacy and how personal data is defined, processed and retained is at the forefront of EU work and we aim to ensure the regulatory update ensures a robust level of protection for consumers.
For consumers to reap the benefits of the Digital Era, access to telecom networks and services needs to be guaranteed. We work to ensure the accomplishment of a Telecoms Single Market which delivers on consumers’ expectations, fosters competition and safeguards their rights. We work to ensure that the openness and neutrality of the Internet is protected and that consumers enjoy fair and transparent contracts.
BEUC has worked a lot to keep roaming charges under control. Since June 2017 they are a thing of the past.
The internet allows almost infinite possibilities in terms of access to knowledge, culture, diversity of products and services. Despite its borderless character, consumers are confronted with access restrictions depending on their nationality or country. Our work is to ensure consumers have access to a vibrant market of consumer-friendly and affordable legal offers for music and audiovisual content across Europe.
- Ensure consumers enjoy a high level of personal data protection and that the new framework restores consumers’ control over their data
- Ensure the Telecoms Single Market delivers to consumers’ expectations of fair competition, better pricing and stronger consumers’ rights such as greater ease in switching provider if dissatisfied
- Restore and protect Net Neutrality at EU level, so that users can be assured the freedom to access the online content, services, applications, of their choice, using any device they want to without undue traffic management
- Put an end to ‘roaming costs’ for voice, SMS and data communication within the EU, while prompting competitively priced domestic telecommunication services
- A balanced and future proof copyright framework and foster the development of new legal offers for music and films online that would be accessible to consumers across Europe without restrictions according to their nationality and place of residence