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Google must respect 'right to be forgotten', rules EU court

13.05.14 @ 20:16

Google must remove information about ordinary people from their search results if requested by the individuals concerned, the EU's top court has ruled. People have the right to request information be removed from search ...

MEPs back net neutrality law

03.04.14 @ 18:40

MEPs have backed open access to the Internet by tightening plans by the European Commission on net neutrality. In a vote on Thursday (3 April), a coalition of centre-left and liberal deputies backed amendments to ...

Post EU ElectionsEU politicians 'overwhelmed' by power shift to social media

02.04.14 @ 17:27

Power is moving to the internet and only politicians and political parties that adapt to this new reality will survive in the future is the stark message sent to MEPs on the eve of EU elections. "Power is shifting from ...

Internet providers can be forced to block access to illegal downloads, rules EU Court

28.03.14 @ 09:44

EU-based internet service providers can be ordered to block customers’ access to a copyright-infringing website, following a ruling on Thursday (27 March) by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The judgement follows a ...

EU bids to end US dominance in internet control

14.02.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission wants to end US control over the governance of the internet, according to a report published Wednesday (12 February). The EU paper on "Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet governance" ...

EU urges Turkey to change internet law

07.02.14 @ 09:30

Turkey's crackdown on the internet raises "serious concerns" and "needs to be revised in line with European standards," the European Commission has said. The commission's spokesman on enlargement, Peter Stano, on ...

Google on brink of EU settlement

05.02.14 @ 18:12

Google is on the brink of ending a three-year competition battle with the European Commission, after the EU executive indicated it is ready to accept its latest offer to change the way it runs web searches. In November ...

OpinionBringing the EU's political debate to social media

07.01.14 @ 08:00

Three years ago, I moved from Silicon Valley to Europe. Since then I’ve met with countless politicians and civil society leaders in many nations – from Hungary to Germany, Jordan to Morocco – to learn about how they ...

AgendaEmbattled Greek government in Brussels this WEEK

02.12.13 @ 09:24

The Greek government is in town as the EU's institutions hope to enjoy a week of relative calm following the high drama of last week's eastern partnership summit. Prime minister Antonis Samaras and his ministerial team ...

Merkel to seek intelligence rule book with US

25.10.13 @ 06:25

France and Germany plan to negotiate an agreement with the US on the work of intelligence agencies, as the latest revelations of snooping by US security dominated day one of the EU's October summit. German Chancellor ...

Snowden to EU: Whistleblowers need protection

01.10.13 @ 08:52

Surveillance of whole populations is one of the greatest challenges facing human rights, former NSA agent Edward Snowden told the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee at a hearing on whistleblowers. In a ...

EU data watchdog to investigate Prism scandal

20.08.13 @ 09:10

EU data regulators will carry out their own investigation into whether privacy rules have been breached by secret US surveillance programmes, according to the bloc's privacy experts. In a letter published on Monday (19 ...

InterviewFacebook, Skype challenged in EU over spy affair

18.07.13 @ 09:18

A group of Austrians, led by law student Max Schrems, has challenged the EU-based subsidiaries of Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Skype and Yahoo on data privacy following revelations that they allowed US intelligence ...

Barroso: Banking union bill to be published next week

06.07.13 @ 06:55

The EU will present the next round of banking union legislation next week, the president of the European Commission said Friday (5 July). Speaking in Vilnius, prior to the opening ceremony launching Lithuania's six ...

Kroes: Spy scandal could harm US Cloud firms

05.07.13 @ 09:27

Revelations about America's spy programmes could drive Europeans away from US Cloud providers, according to the EU's digital agenda commissioner. Speaking on Thursday (4 July) at an IT event in Tallinn Neelie Kroes, a ...

AgendaUS bugging allegations in spotlight this WEEK

01.07.13 @ 17:31

Fallout from allegations that US security services bugged EU officials and buildings is expected to be uppermost in lawmakers' minds this week. Documents leaked to The Guardian by US whistleblower Edward Snowden ...

EU commission 'stood firm' on US data privacy

13.06.13 @ 18:52

The European Commission says it "stood firm" in the face of pressure from the US when drafting its overhaul of the bloc's data protection regime. Mina Andreeva, spokesperson for EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding, ...

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 ...

Brussels to table net neutrality rules in July

05.06.13 @ 09:14

The European Commission will table 'net neutrality' rules to prevent internet providers blocking access to rival sites within weeks, the bloc's digital agenda chief has said. Speaking at an event on the digital economy ...

Criminals prefer virtual currencies

15.05.13 @ 09:27

Criminals are using bitcoins and other unregulated digital currencies as a payment method of choice when blackmailing companies following a data breach. Belgian-based Buy Way Personal Finance told this website on ...

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 ...

Companies must report cyber attacks, EU says

07.02.13 @ 19:19

Large EU-based companies will have to disclose major cyber-attacks to designated national authorities, under new legislative rules proposed by the European Commission on Thursday (7 February). “Under our proposal, ...

US free to grab EU data on American clouds

28.01.13 @ 09:18

An obscure section in a US law is said to entitle authorities to access, without a warrant, data stored by any EU citizen on clouds run by American companies. Although highly controversial for its indirect effects on ...

Estonian President: EU citizens should trust the state on data rights

24.01.13 @ 09:04

Estonia's President told data protection experts in Brussels on Wednesday (23 January) that the state is the only "fundamental guarantor of a citizen's digital life." Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who also chairs a steering ...

Unknown hackers stealing EU files for past five years

14.01.13 @ 18:49

Russian Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab says unknown hackers have been stealing EU and Nato-encrypted files. The operation - dubbed "Red October" - claimed victims in embassies, government and military institutions ...

EU and US joining forces on Internet child abuse

10.01.13 @ 18:46

Law enforcement authorities in Europe and the US are joining forces to help stop online child abuse. A recent joint investigation by authorities on both sides of the Atlantic led to the arrest of some 245 people. "We ...

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 ...

US cloud snoops pose questions for EU cybercrime body

09.01.13 @ 18:02

The EU's new cybercrime centre is to be officially launched at the end of the week, but privacy specialists say the Union is failing to protect personal data. The Danish chief of the new body, Troels Oerting, told ...

Criminals steal €1.5 billion from EU credit cards

08.01.13 @ 09:25

EU citizens are losing some €1.5 billion every year as criminals siphon off their money through the fraudulent use of debit and credit cards. A new report released on Monday (7 December) by the EU police agency Europol ...

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- ...

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 ...

US to EU: data laws could 'cripple' law enforcement

11.10.12 @ 20:17

EU data protection reforms could "cripple" international law enforcement said the head of international law of the US department of justice at a European Parliament hearing on Wednesday (10 October). The deputy ...

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 ...

EU cyber-crime chief fears massive proliferation

18.09.12 @ 09:29

Europe's new online crime centre faces an almost insurmountable task, its incoming chief Troels Oerting has said. "There is no absolute security, it is a myth," Oerting, who is from January to run the European Cybecrime ...

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 ...

FocusGoogle in EU privacy row over Street View data

03.08.12 @ 08:09

Search-engine Google is at the centre of an embarrassing data privacy row after French and British regulators demanded access to all Wi-Fi data collected for its Street View site. The move came when Google's legal ...

Hackers stole Van Rompuy's emails

30.07.12 @ 18:13

Hackers last summer raided the emails of EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy and 10 other senior officials. The breach was exposed last week by a team of US academics and cyber security firms which has been tracking a ...

FocusGoogle to avoid record anti-trust fine as it closes on EU deal

26.07.12 @ 09:32

Search-engine Google is set to avoid fines worth up to $4 billion after the European Commission's competition boss Joaquin Almunia publicly acknowledged that a deal is close. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday ...

FocusPublic consultation on 'net neutrality' to delay EU rules on ISPs

24.07.12 @ 20:07

Plans for tighter EU rules on Internet service providers have been pushed back to 2013 after the European Commission this week launched a public consultation lasting until mid-October. The EU executive is seeking ...

OpinionMoving the single market for online music

11.07.12 @ 09:14

Music is everywhere, and the digital age has only increased its presence. Today, (11 July) I am proposing a modernised system of collective rights management that will use the single market – the EU's most powerful ...

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 ...

Acta in tatters after MEPs wield veto

04.07.12 @ 19:47

The little-loved anti-counterfeit treaty, Acta, has collapsed after MEPs in the European Parliament vetoed it by an overwhelming majority. After comfortably rejecting a request by the centre-right EPP group to postpone ...

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) ...

Cyber criminals steal millions from EU banks

27.06.12 @ 09:29

Cyber attacks have siphoned off at least €60 million from personal and business accounts in 60 banks located in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Security firms Guardian Analytics and McAfee published the ...

FocusAnti-counterfeit treaty faces make-or-break vote in July

21.06.12 @ 17:24

MEPs on the European Parliament's international trade committee on Thursday (21 June) voted to reject the controversial anti-counterfeit treaty Acta. With a majority of 19 to 12 endorsing the recommendation to reject ...

Police should not be exempt from privacy rules, says EU data chief

21.06.12 @ 13:08

EU data protection chief Peter Hustinx has warned governments not to water down new rules on data protection by excluding police and law authorities from the scope saying that such steps would be "inappropriate." The EU ...