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European Council okays new data privacy rules – Now what?

After over a year of debate, lobbying and negotiation, the European Council this week approved its version of the European General Data Protection Regulation, which would replace the decades-old EU Data Protection Directive.

Kroes', Reding's replacements in EC debate suspending US Safe Harbor

If the Federal Trade Commission fails to take visible steps toward enforcing privacy policies on European citizens' data stored on U.S. servers, storing it there in the first place could become illegal.

News Scan: EU focuses on mobile regulation; Quip adds spreadsheets to mobile app; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Thursday, Oct. 9, including the EU shifting its regulatory focus from fixed-line to mobile telephony, Quip adds spreadsheets to word processing app, startups will be main source of IoT solutions according to Gartner, Google launches low-priced AndroidOne in India and the shipments of elderly care wearables will double this year according to ABI.

US, European network operators meet to discuss inter-modal competition

Wouldn't it be nice, suggests Verizon's CEO, if all the communications services competed on a single, "Open" playing field? Sure, says Neelie Kroes, if you're willing to accept over-the-top competitors.

Spotlight: Why make Microsoft pick whether to violate EU or US law?

For  eWeek  over the weekend, Wayne Rash presents exclusive news that the European Commission is considering approaching the U.S. Justice Dept. about its concerns over a U.S. court ruling forcing Microsoft to turn over data on one of its customers--data that had been stored on one of its Ireland-based servers

The European Commission's digital agenda

Our European friends are every bit as conflicted over big data as we Americans are. Everyone can see both the benefits and the dangers in big data. It's just that none of us can figure out how to have the one without the other.

News Scan: Microsoft teams with Qualcomm on IoT standards; European regulator clears Telefonica's $11.7B E-Plus buy; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Wednesday, July 2, including Microsoft joining Qualcomm in an IoT standards group, Telefonica's E-Plus buy approved by European Commission, firms outsourcing mobile marketing efforts due to lack of in-house talent, increase of mobile broadband traffic and China's fastest growing Android phone maker Xiaomi reports 271 percent sales increase.

Will massive robotics initiative create or kill jobs in Europe?

Will a € 2.8 billion investment in the robotics industry in Europe create 240,000  new jobs as hoped, or will it come at the expense of existing workers?

Lack of data privacy rights in US may end European 'Safe Harbour' agreement

The European Commission may suspend the 'Safe Harbour' agreement, which waives restrictions on the transfer of sensitive information to U.S. companies, by the middle of next year if concerns over NSA and other U.S. government snooping are not adequately addressed.

European commissioner calls for single data privacy law

Despite recent revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance practices, interest in cloud computing remains very high in Europe. Because of that, Europe needs a single data privacy law to cover the entire European Union, according to Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission and the EU's commissioner for justice.