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.
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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.
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 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.
Google uses its Android operating system as a "Trojan Horse" to engage in anti-competitive behavior in the mobile marketplace, argued a complaint by FairSearch.org filed on Tuesday with the European Commission.