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EU changes tack on Google, threatens record fine

24.09.14 @ 08:49

Google could face a record fine for breaching EU competition rules, the European Commission's competition chief has said, warning that its four year investigation into the US search engine could eventually rival the ...

EU to investigate Galileo launch failure

26.08.14 @ 09:28

The European Commission has set up an inquiry into the failure to correctly launch the latest two satellites of its ill-fated Galileo space programme. The two satellites, Doresa and Milena, were launched from French ...

OpinionLooking on the bright side of the euro crisis

11.02.14 @ 12:31

As the European Parliament elections approach many cite the lack of a European public sphere as the reason for the disinterest in European politics and the inevitable low voters’ turnout. But is this really so? Or is ...

MEPs back higher medical safety standards following PIP scandal

22.10.13 @ 18:53

Medical devices ranging from pacemakers to breast implants will be subject to stricter controls under rules agreed by MEPs on Tuesday (22 October). Deputies voted by a large majority to support two new laws covering ...

OpinionEnd mass surveillance - a call to action for Obama and Merkel

18.06.13 @ 09:10

On Tuesday (18 June), the German chancellor and the US president will embrace each other. Eyes will be shining as both sides praise the German-American friendship. After all, this visit from Washington is an election ...

EU to slap ban on online blocking

12.06.13 @ 09:37

The EU will ban Internet service providers from manipulating and blocking access to certain websites, according to a European Commission official. Speaking with EUobserver on Tuesday (11 June) following an internal ...

FocusTurning computer science into a game

03.06.13 @ 17:19

A recent European Commission paper remarked that it is "intriguing" that so few people choose to go into information and communication technology (ICT) careers. Not enough young people, it noted, were making the leap ...

OpinionGoogle's collision course with member states

08.04.13 @ 09:45

European Union regulators have taken their first step to making good on their recent threat to take “repressive action” against Google by summer. Following last month’s final meeting between Google and European ...

Lobbyists downgrade EU countries on cloud computing

08.03.13 @ 09:29

Industry lobbyists have downgraded EU countries in their world ranking of top performers on cloud computing, as the Union prepares to overhaul its data protection rules. Japan, Australia and the US are top of the cloud ...

Online giants in firing line on EU data privacy law

09.01.13 @ 18:55

MEPs are set to come under industry pressure from the likes of Facebook and Google over legislation restricting their right to use and sell personal data collected online. The report by German Green deputy, Jan-Philip ...

EU cyber directive 'nearly finished'

19.12.12 @ 20:04

The EU executive will release a draft directive on cyber security in 2013, in the latest indication that the bloc is moving towards a harmonised online rulebook. The bill is likely to propose the creation of a co- ...

'Historic day' as EU patent deal ends 40-year wait

12.12.12 @ 08:34

The 40-year-long quest to create a single European patent ended on Tuesday (11 December) when the European Parliament ratified a deal which will come into force in 2014. Speaking in the assembly in Strasbourg, EU single ...

EU data protection rules 'on schedule' despite delay

06.12.12 @ 10:48

Despite not having begun formal deliberations in committee, the European Parliament is on course to define its position on the EU's new data protection regime by mid-2013, according to data privacy expert Sophie In't ...

Google privacy policy breaks law, EU data chiefs say

16.10.12 @ 20:22

Search-engine Google has been ordered to re-write its data collection rules after EU regulators found that they were in breach of EU data protection laws. A letter to Google CEO Larry Page signed by 24 of the EU's 27 ...

Cloud computing a "game-changer" for EU economy, Kroes says

28.09.12 @ 10:25

Digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes unveiled the EU's long awaited cloud computing strategy on Thursday (27 September), describing it as a "game-changer" for the European economy. The commission says that a €45 ...

Prepare to invest billions in the cloud, EU warns businesses

20.09.12 @ 09:29

Governments and industry should invest €45 billion in cloud computing by 2020 as part of an EU strategy to generate an estimated €900 billion in GDP and an additional 3.8 million jobs by the end of the decade. The bold ...

FocusPressure mounts on EU cloud deal as deadline looms

05.09.12 @ 09:24

The European Commission is under pressure to keep to its self-imposed September deadline to publish an EU cloud computing strategy, as new evidence revealed widespread public confusion about it. Figures collected by ...

Customers still 'in the dark' on cyber crime, warns EU agency

29.08.12 @ 09:47

Cyber crime worth billions of euros is going unreported because companies are failing to admit to security breaches, according to a paper released Tuesday (28 August) by the EU's internet security agency. In "Cyber ...

EUobserver on your phone

09.08.12 @ 09:54

By popular demand EUobserver is now available in a version optimised for smartphones. When you access content on EUobserver from your phone you will be automatically redirected to a new phone-friendly version of our ...

OpinionFor the United Statelets of Europe

01.08.12 @ 17:58

Alfred Heineken did more than just brew beer. He also thought about things, like the future of Europe and how best to proceed. "I propose a United Europe of 75 states," he wrote in a pamphlet published in the summer of ...

FocusFirms must protect cloud data, EU watchdog says

06.07.12 @ 18:37

Companies using cloud computing services must "guarantee" compliance with EU data rules, according to the Article 29 Working group, the EU's leading data protection watchdog. In a 27-page legal opinion released this ...

FocusBrussels silent as Google tries to avoid record EU fine

04.07.12 @ 16:53

The European Commission is refusing to be drawn on steps made by Internet search-engine Google to avoid an EU fine of up to €3.8 billion for breaching EU competition rules. Google issued a statement on Monday (2 July) ...

FocusActa unraveling as Netherlands joins nay-sayers

29.06.12 @ 17:27

The controversial anti-counterfeit treaty Acta is in danger of unraveling, with Dutch and Australian politicians the latest to cast doubt on it, despite a rearguard effort by the EU commission and the creative ...

FocusEurope failing to reach digital agenda targets, admits Commission

23.06.12 @ 07:18

The EU is set to miss targets for its digital agenda programme, according to a report released this week by the European Commission. Earlier this week (18 June) the commission published its second annual Digital Agenda ...

FocusParliament demands single EU voice on cyber-security

13.06.12 @ 22:11

MEPs in Strasbourg have urged the European Commission to propose harmonised EU measures to combat cybercrime. A non-binding report drafted by Bulgarian centre-left MEP Ivailo Kalfin analysing the extent of online ...

FocusGoogle given July deadline by EU anti-trust chief

08.06.12 @ 17:09

EU competition boss Joaquin Almunia Friday (8 June) confirmed that Google has until early July to put in place changes to its business practices to avoid formal sanctions resulting from an anti-trust investigation into ...

FocusEU clouds two years behind US, says IT report

04.06.12 @ 21:15

EU cloud computing will lag two years behind the US due to European privacy rules and the eurozone crisis, said a report on the future of cloud computing released on Friday (1 June) by US technology research company ...

FocusCommission delivers anti-trust ultimatum to Google

22.05.12 @ 14:36

The European Commission has given Google “a matter of weeks” to propose a “remedies package” in order to avoid formal legal proceedings and possible fines over allegations that the online search giant is abusing its ...

VideoWikipedia founder: European red tape hampering growth

09.05.12 @ 08:34

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales tells EUobserver why entrepreneurs do better in America: in the US, you can start your own business in five minutes. In Greece, it can take up to 10 months.

FocusBritish MPs demand London court to counter EU patent costs

04.05.12 @ 18:16

MPs on the UK's House of Commons European Scrutiny committee have demanded that the new EU patent court be based in London in order to mitigate against what it described as "the most damaging effects of a unitary EU- ...

FocusChild-proof the Internet or face regulation warns EU Commission

03.05.12 @ 17:52

The European Commission has threatened to table a comprehensive set of child internet safety rules if the software industry fails to self-regulate to protect children online. Unveiling its "European strategy for a ...

FocusFirst EU cloud software set to go airborne

02.05.12 @ 18:25

The EU's first cloud computing project is ready for use, according to a statement on Tuesday (May 1st) by the EU-funded Optimis project. The scheme will make its first cloud software available from 1 June to be ...

FocusNo ban on second-hand software, says EU court

26.04.12 @ 17:50

EU copyright law does not ban the re-sale of computer programme licences, according to a ruling on Wednesday (25 April) by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice. The judgement by the EU court follows a dispute ...

FocusKroes demands internet security strategy

25.04.12 @ 08:36

EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes Tuesday (24 April) reiterated her call for an EU-wide internet security strategy, arguing that EU authorities have not done enough to establish defence mechanisms to prevent ...

Officials study futurology of EU parliament

16.04.12 @ 17:12

While MEPs continue to relish the extent of the European Parliament new powers in making EU laws, officials at the heart of the institution are looking into how the world's biggest transnational assembly is being ...

FocusMEPs get set for death blow to anti-counterfeit pact

13.04.12 @ 11:11

The MEP charged with scrutiny of the little-loved anti-counterfeit 'Acta' treaty has called for a boycott, raising prospects that parliament will kill it in June or July. David Martin - a British member of the centre- ...

FocusBelgian trades EU for US to build Star Trek medical device

15.03.12 @ 09:44

Start Trek fans will know about the Tricorder, a handheld device used by Captain Kirk and company to, among other things, scan the biological state of the living creatures they encountered on their interplanetary voyage ...

FocusThe EU and e-health: a European disease

14.03.12 @ 09:01

Healthcare, strictly speaking, is none of the EU's business. It is a sensitive issue that member states have largely preferred to keep in their own hands. They have allowed the EU to do little more than "support, co- ...

FocusPrivacy fears hang over EU-wide patient data system

13.03.12 @ 09:27

A man from Italy enters a pharmacy in Athens, Greece, to get some medication. Only, he has no prescription. Oh no! Fortunately, he has an e-prescription. A what? An e-prescription, an online prescription saved under his ...

FocusDemand for web neutrality law following IP blocking tactics

13.03.12 @ 09:26

Leading Internet freedom group La Quadrature du Net has reiterated its demands for an EU web neutrality law following last week’s disclosure that European Internet operators regularly use traffic management techniques ...

FocusE-health business is good business

09.03.12 @ 09:46

Early investors in Zenicor, a Swedish medical technology company founded in 2003, are probably congratulating themselves on their foresight. "Over the last three years, we have had an annual growth of more than 50 ...

FocusPutting the 'e' in e-health

07.03.12 @ 17:03

The 'e' for electronic has become a familiar sight in front of words like mail, book, or commerce, but health has long been spared the token affix of the digital age. Until recently that is. Now e-health has arrived and ...

FocusPower to the patient

07.03.12 @ 16:31

Doctors, it is said, are not exactly what might be called early adopters of new technologies. It took them almost a generation to get used to the stethoscope after it was invented in the early 19th century. Today, they ...

FocusEU institutions take on Google over privacy regime

02.03.12 @ 15:25

Online search engine Google is under fire for its new privacy policy, which came into force yesterday (1 March), with the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) saying it breaches EU law. Justice commissioner Viviane ...

FocusEU parliament joins commission on Acta court probe

02.03.12 @ 15:15

The debate on the controversial anti-counterfeit treaty, Acta has moved to the European Parliament, with MEPs set to pose their own questions to the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice. At the first meeting of ...

FocusUS Internet rights bill 'clearest' ever on data privacy

29.02.12 @ 19:51

President Obama’s chief Internet advisor has described the administration’s Online Bill of Rights as the most decisive statement on Internet privacy by the US government. Speaking to EUobserver, Commerce Department ...

FocusGermany leads EU countries on cloud computing

23.02.12 @ 09:13

Five EU countries rank among the world’s top ten for policies that promote cloud computing, according to a study published on Wednesday (22 February) by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), an ICT body representing ...

FocusPhone apps to boost access for disabled Europeans

06.12.11 @ 18:12

Life on the road for people with disabilities may become just a little bit easier after the winners of the first ever Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards for easy-access smartphone apps were announced on ...