European Union Articles

ACTA Referred To European Court of Justice

Is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement treaty, otherwise known as ACTA, compatible with what is referred to as the EU’s “fundamental rights and freedoms?” Some EU officials are asking that very question, and to help determine the answer, EU trade chief …

EU Court: Social Networks Not Responsible For User Content

A European court has found that social networks can’t be held responsible for the content its users post – score one for the Internet. SABAM is a name you may not be familiar with but it’s essentially the RIAA of …

Germany Delays Signing ACTA

Have all the anti-ACTA protests started to sway European politicians? Maybe this weekend’s plans for mass protest is what did it, but there does appear to be some headway being made against the overreaching attempts at Internet regulation that have …

Anti-ACTA Protests Going Worldwide Tomorrow
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While there’s no way of knowing if the upcoming anti-ACTA protests will have the same chilling effect the Internet blackout did on SOPA/PIPA, citizens on a worldwide basis are preparing to speak out against the ACTA treaty. Loudly. Tomorrow (February …

Copyright Reform or ACTA?

Which method is best for combating piracy and other forms of Internet related intellectual property infringement? If you were to listen the average European Union citizen, the reaction towards ACTA has been understandably negative. However, various governments of the European …

Samsung Target Of European Antitrust Investigation Samsung Target Of European Antitrust Investigation
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The European Commission has announced it is launching a formal investigation into Samsung for anti-competitive business practices in Europe. The statement alleges that Samsung may have used its patent rights in a way that violated the European Union’s antitrust rules. …

Just Say “NO to ACTA”

By now, especially in light of the SOPA/PIPA fallout, you’ve probably heard about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which is also lovingly known as ACTA. The international treaty, once ratified, is currently making its rounds through various European governments, even as …

As ACTA Gets Signed, Europeans Protest
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At a ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, more members of the European Union signed ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), ratifying the treaty for the countries that signed it. However, because the European Union parliament as yet to weigh in, ACTA is not …

ACTA: French MEP Resigns Over “Charade” In Parliament
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ACTA has taken a blow already today with the resignation of the French MEP (Member of European Parliament) who was in charge of investigating the bill. On his Web site, Kader Arif posted a statement titled, “ACTA: A masquerade I …

ACTA Signed By European Union ACTA Signed By European Union
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ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, has just been signed in by the European Union. ACTA, for those who don’t know, is kind of like SOPA’s big brother. It’s a multi-national trade agreement that seeks to protect copyright through a brutish …

European Union Proposes New Data Privacy Laws European Union Proposes New Data Privacy Laws

If you could erase all your personal data on the Internet, would you? The BBC is reporting that a new law is going to be proposed to the EU on Wednesday. It would include the provision for a “right to …

Google Antitrust Regulation Still Up In The Air In Europe Google Antitrust Regulation Still Up In The Air In Europe

Google may or may not face a “statement of objections” from the EU’s antitrust department. Apparently it could go either way, as the regulators have so far been unable to decide whether or not to go this route. I guess …

Google, EU Said To Be In “Tentative Discussions”

The group that’s fined companies like Microsoft and Intel billions of euros in the past few years might reach a less harsh solution where its antitrust probe of Google is concerned.  Rumors indicate that Google and the European Commission are holding talks.

Note: these rumors are very much unproven, with even the unnamed source who leaked them indicating that negotiations aren’t far along.  Google could still be in a lot of trouble.

EU Authorities Find Search Engines Still In Breach Of Privacy Law

Even if Facebook’s received the lion’s share of attention from privacy advocates today, a group of European data protection authorities hasn’t forgotten about Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft.  The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party said earlier they’re still not obeying an EU data protection directive.

The companies are all supposed to anonymize search data after no more than six months.  Google’s keeping it for nine, instead, and the Working Party asserted in an open letter to the search giant that it’s doing a poor job of anonymization afterward.

Microsoft May Be Making Antitrust Progress

Maybe Microsoft won’t get fined a gazillion dollars by the European Union, after all.  The software giant is supposedly making an attempt to settle two antitrust probes, and according to the same report, even has a firm cut-off date in mind. 

European Union Scrutinizes Google Book Search Deal
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The Google Book Search team may have access to all sorts of literature, but the simple term "clear sailing" is probably fading from members’ vocabulary.  Another obstacle has come up as the European Union has decided to study if a recent settlement complies with local copyright law. 

EU Commissioner Pushes For Independent ICANN

In about five months’ time, the current agreement between ICANN and the U.S. government will expire.  At that point, Viviane Reding, the European Union’s Commissioner for Information Society and Media, is hoping ICANN will become a fully independent organization with a more international support network. 

EU Lawmakers Approve Online Child Safety Program
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The vote’s been tallied, and the European Union’s new Safer Internet program turned out to be roughly as controversial as claiming that water’s wet.  While almost three percent of members abstained, a full 96 percent of the European Parliament agreed to spend 55 million to protect children online.

EU Appreciates Google’s Latest Privacy Step

It’s not hard to imagine Google and the EU as an out-of-shape individual and a tough personal trainer.  Since Google decided to hold onto personally identifiable search data for nine months instead of 18, the European entity is praising its progress, but at the same time, pushing for even more of a reduction.

Copiepresse Vexing Google With $77M Demand

Storing news articles from properties managed by Belgium’s Copiepresse returned as an issue for Google, as the newspaper group wants damages for Google’s normal indexing of their content.

EU Says Online Travel Sites Misleading

A third of European consumers are being misled or ripped off by Web sites selling airline tickets, according to EU Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva.

"It is unacceptable that one in three consumers going to book a plane ticket online is being ripped off or misled and confused," Kuneva told a news conference.