All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘European Union’

AdSense Gets New User Consent Policy

Google announced the implementation of a new user consent policy for AdSense as the result of demands from the European Union. The policy makes publishers who have site visitors from the EU ask permission for using their data. Here’s the actual full text of the policy: When using Google products that incorporate this policy, certain disclosures must be given to …

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Angela Merkel Regrets Rise of Populism in EU

On Sunday, 21 of the 28 member-states of the European Union held votes for seats in the European Parliament, a vote which occurs every five years. The European Parliament is effectively the legislative body of the European Union and is second largest democratically-elected electorate in the world behind India’s Parliament. As such, these elections are one of the most important …

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Crimea: Ukraine Withdraws Amid Sanctions

Thousands of Ukrainian troops are preparing to withdraw from Crimea, as Western leaders begin sanctions against Russia for attempting to annex the region. “We are working out a plan of action so that we can transfer not just servicemen, but first of all, members of their family who are in Crimea, quickly and effectively to mainland Ukraine,” Secretary of Ukraine’s …

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Europe Parmesan Requesting a Name Change

Europe called and it wants its Parmesan Cheese back. If the European Union has its way, the names of European cheeses like Brie, Feta, Fontina, Muenster, Asiago, Romano, Gorgonzola, and Parmesan will be called something else when they are made outside of their home countries. Why? The Europeans don’t think that American-made cheeses are the real deal, so they shouldn’t …

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Ukraine: European Union To Offer Billions In Aid

Ukraine has been in economic trouble for some time, and it’s only getting worse. Frustration over the country’s money troubles was what lit the fuse ahead of massive protests late last year. Citizens, particularly pro-European Ukrainians, longed for a stronger economic connection to the rest of Europe. They believed being part of the European Union was the right way forward. …

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Angela Merkel Discusses EU Reform with David Cameron

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a much-anticipated visit to London on Thursday. The visit included a meeting with British Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader David Cameron at his official residence in Downing Street, a rare address to both houses of Parliament, and tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Merkel’s visit comes as the British Prime Minister finds …

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Ukraine: President Declares Truce Finally Reached

If reports are to be believed, a truce has been declared between the Ukrainian government and anti-government protesters. This news comes just after a majorly violent clash, the worst seen in the country since Ukraine first broke away from the Soviet Union. The recent attempt by Ukrainian police forces to clear the main protester stronghold in Kiev resulted in at …

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Google Antitrust Probe Finally Over?

Google has reached a settlement with the European Union to end a three-year antitrust investigation. The EU announced this morning that it has obtained “an improved commitments proposal” from the company. In the proposal, Google guarantees that whenever it promotes its own specialized search services (products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals “selected through an objective method” will …

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Ukrainian Rally Draws Massive Anti-Government Crowd

Even after violent confrontations with police this past week, Ukrainian anti-government protesters have shown they will not be deterred. Well over 200,000 disgruntled citizens packed into Independence Square in Kiev. They marched through ultra cold temperatures in a bid to make clear their dissatisfaction with the current administration. Protests began on November 21st when current president, Viktor Yanukovych, made the …

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European Commission Approves Microsoft Nokia Deal

The European Commission announced today that it has approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile device business. The deal was first announced in September, and gained shareholder approval last month. The Commission said, “The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns, in particular because there are only modest overlaps between the parties’ activities and the links between …

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Germany Elections: Can Angela Merkel Save Aging, Dying Europe?

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political party won Germany’s national elections on Sunday and was poised to register close to a majority in German parliament. Merkel, therefore, is slated to be only the third German leader since World-War II to win a third straight term. The other two leaders to win three terms in a row were Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl, …

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Pirate Attack Fought Off By EU Navy

The European Union Naval Force this week fended off Somali pirates, saving 14 Indian sailors. According to the EU Navy, an Indian cargo ship sent out a distress call on the morning of June 5. Twelve pirates had attacked the ship and taken control of the vessel. The Royal Swedish Navy warship HSwMS Carlskrona and the Dutch warship HNLMS Van …

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Google’s Competition Proposals Not Good Enough For EU

Last month, the EU finally released a public document discussing Google’s proposal to end a lengthy antitrust investigation. With the document, the Commission began seeking feedback on the commitments Google offered to address concerns. Unsurprisingly, the feedback has included demands from some that Google do more. Here is the list of Google’s proposals, as shared in the EU’s announcement: Google …

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EU Hits Microsoft With $731 Million Antitrust Fine

In July of last year, Microsoft was found to be in violation of an agreement it had made with EU regulators over a Web browser choice screen that was to be installed on every Windows PC sold in the region. There were talks of a fine for the past few months, but nothing had been done until now. Reuters reports …

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Google Fights For ‘Free Expression’ In European Court

Google is battling data protection authorities in Spain over whether or not search engines can be ordered to block search results that link to legal content on Spanish newspaper and government sites. Google has a post on its Europe Blog today discussing the matter. William Echikson, Head of Free Expression, EMEA at Google writes: In the case before the CJEU …

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No Google Antitrust Decision Until After Summer Break [Report]

It’s looking like this Google antitrust thing won’t be resolved anytime soon in Europe. Reuters is reporting that EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said that the European Commission can reach an agreement after the summer break. “We can envisage this as a possible deadline,” he’s quoted as saying. As Reuters notes, the Commission is closed for summer break throughout most …

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CleanIT Gets Rid Of Browser Surveillance, Opts For Terrorism Button In Browsers

In September of last year, we brought you word that the European Union was working on a proposal called CleanIT to stop the spread of terroristic content online. The plan called for a number of outlandish proposals such as browser-level surveillance and requiring all Internet users to go by their real names when using online services. Since then, the plan …

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ACTA Is Officially Dead In Europe

There was much rejoicing in the streets earlier this year when the European Parliament rejected ACTA, a multinational trade agreement that many felt would hurt online innovation in profound ways. There was one sliver of hope for ACTA’s continued existence, however, as the European Commission submitted the treaty to the European Court of Justice for review. Now that last avenue …

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Microsoft Being Investigated In The EU For Potential Privacy Violations

Microsoft hasn’t had the best of luck in the EU in 2012. The company was previously under investigation for potential antitrust issues, and now its privacy policy is under fire. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft’s recent service agreement update to its online services has caught the eye of data privacy watchdogs in the EU. The data protection commission, led by Luxembourg …

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Google Reportedly Facing Privacy Policy Issues In Europe

This year, Google changed its privacy policies, consolidating policies for various products into a more unified policy encompassing most Google products. This was announced back in January, and was implemented in March. Google faced a fair amount of criticism over the move at the time, but for the most part, the concern had evaporated from the headlines. Now, however, it’s …

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Leaked Clean IT Document Is Frightening

Europe can not catch a break. Somebody in government is constantly trying to push some kind of law or treaty to regulate the Internet. The technology has those in power running scared and they need something to convince the general public that they should be allowed to control it. After ACTA failed, they’re now going for the terrorist angle. EDRI …

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Galaxy Tab 7.7 Banned From Being Sold In 27 European Countries

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been banned from being sold in Europe, following a ruling in a German court. That’s certainly not good news for Samsung, nor is it good news for Google, who is trying to gain ground in the tablet market with its Android operating system. Apple announced yesterday that it sold 17 million iPads last quarter. …

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Microsoft Admits That 28 Million PCs In Europe Don’t Offer Choice Of Web Browser

On every PC sold in the U.S., Internet Explorer is the default Web browser. There’s nothing wrong with that since most of us have the decency to shove it to the side and download Firefox, Chrome or Opera instead. The European Commission obviously thinks there was something wrong with it as they’ve been forcing Microsoft to display a “Browser Choice …

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Guess Who’s Back? SOPA And ACTA Are Sneaking Into Law Behind Your Back

The Internet has won the fight. SOPA and ACTA are both dead after having been eviscerated by the combined powers of the world coming together to fight for what they believe in – basic digital human rights. We can now rest easy knowing that the war has come to an end. Politicians would never think to bring them back, even …

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You Will Be Able To Resell Your Steam Games… In Europe

One of the major problems I find myself in after a Steam sale is that I bought a lot of games that I just don’t really want. I partially blame myself, but some of those games have achievements which I can use to win other games. It would be a bit better if I could offload some of those digital …

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Microsoft European Commission Fine Upheld at $1.1 Billion

The General Court of the European Union has held up a regulatory fine against Microsoft in the amount of €860 million ($1.07 billion). Microsoft had appealed the 2008 decision which levied the record-breaking fine against the company for failing to comply with the European Commission’s 2004 order to reveal proprietary software to competitors in Europe. The €860 million judgement is …

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ACTA Is Going To Be Passed Whether You Like It Or Not

ACTA is almost dead. The treaty is heading towards the European Parliament next week where many people feel that it will be rejected after four committees rejected it as well. It will also receive a ruling from the European Court of Justice to see if ACTA was ever compatible with European law. It’s looking bad for the treaty that everybody …

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ACTA Now On Life Support, May Not Make It Through Vote

Warriors of the Internet have good reason to be relieved today. ACTA got hit with a rejection so big that it may sway the vote in the Internet’s favor. It seems that people actually going outside and protesting on behalf of the Internet can get things done. RT is reporting that the International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament …

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ACTA Supporters Might Resort To Dirty Tactics For Approval

The response to ACTA throughout Europe has been the stuff of legends. People from all walks of life have taken to the streets to protest the amendments in the treaty that only help to serve copyright industries while hurting the Internet in much the same way that SOPA proposed. The political response to the protest has also been encouraging with …

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G-20 Summit Will Meet In Los Cabos, Mexico To Discuss European Crisis

To say that the eurozone crisis is, well, a crisis would be an understatement. Its collapse would put a halt on any economic progress that has been made over the past few years. With the election in Greece on Sunday pushing tensions to all new highs, world leaders need to find a solution and fine one fast. A meeting in …

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