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.
A genuine movement may be under way in the EU government to define a new kind of "net neutrality" as a system where no single provider of Internet service can leverage its popularity for mere financial gain.
The telecoms package is nearly the law of the continent, and puts telecom operators in the position of defending a net that's more neutral than Parliament perceives it.
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A key European Parliament committee has decided that some Internet services are exempt from net neutrality regulations. But in a sly maneuver, the list of which services those are has been deleted from its bill.
Microsoft does not encrypt its server-to-server data communications, a senior Microsoft official told a European parliament committee this week, Ars Technica reports.