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
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.
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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?
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.
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.
Allegations of widespread U.S. government surveillance could undermine trust that European firms and organizations have in U.S. cloud providers, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars for U.S. firms, warned Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission.
The European Commission is getting ready to impose trade sanctions on Chinese telecom gear makers Huawei and ZTE over what it sees as illegal subsidies, Reuters is reporting. The latest moves might be what is needed for the Chinese government and telecom firms to sit up and take notice.
The European Commission issued on Monday a preliminary ruling that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its mobile patent dominance when it tried to get an injunction against Apple's iPhone in Germany.
The Microsoft-backed complaint against Google in Europe is the latest in a tit-for-tat regulatory battle between the two companies. Perhaps it is time for them to focus on their customers, instead of on the courts and regulatory agencies.