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From toothbrushes to coffee makers to computers: Europe fines Asus, Pioneer, Philips for rigging prices of kit

The European Commission has sent a slightly belated message to the consumer electronics industry that it frowns upon price fixing, this week fining four manufacturers a total of €111m (US$130m, £99m) for breaking European rules as long as seven years ago. The companies on the business end of the regulators are Asus, Denon & …
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Dob in naughty data slurps to top EU court, privacy groups urge

More than 60 privacy groups and activists have demanded that member states still engaging in blanket data retention of communications info – despite it being ruled unlawful – are referred to the EU's top court. In an open letter (PDF) to the European Commission, the signatories refer to two landmark privacy judgments, in 2014 …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jun 2018
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Shazam! The sound of EC shoving probe in Apple's plan to buy name-that-tune app

The European Commission is causing Apple more angst by probing its acquisition of Shazam. Apple announced its intention to acquire the London-based music recognition pioneer for $400m in December. In a note today the commission says it is opening an in-depth investigation into the music service because it is "concerned that …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2018
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Tech giants should take the rap for enabling fake news, boffins tell EU

Giant US tech platforms are spreading misinformation and deliberately hiding their algorithms to evade scrutiny, according to a report for the European Commission. The expert working group on fake news and disinformation headed by law professor Dr Madeleine de Cock Buning warned there's no quick fix to the problem – and …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2018

Euro Commission gives tech firms an hour to take down terror content

The European Commission has given tech firms three months to set up systems that will allow them to take down terrorist content within an hour. The Commission's missive is a recommendation and builds on a communication made last September – although it is technically a legal text in EU-ese, it isn't legally binding for the …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Mar 2018
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Internet giants removing 70 per cent of reported hate speech, crows European Commission

Tech firms are removing more hate speech faster than before – so now EU lawmakers want them to improve their feedback to users. According to the European Commission's latest review of the big four internet firms' action against illegal content online, the removal rate is, on average, 70 per cent of content reported. That's an …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jan 2018
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Europe to spend €1bn on supercomputers and big data infrastructure

The European Commission’s decided to throw €486 million at high performance computers. The Commission expects that member states will chip in another €500m-plus for a total spend of over €1 billion by the year 2020. All that moolah will be spent on at least four supercomputers, research efforts to develop their hardware and …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2018
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European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

The European Commission has stepped into the ongoing battle between Microsoft and the US government to make sure European laws are “correctly understood”. The case, which kicked off in 2014, saw the US Department of Justice take Microsoft to court over the firm’s refusal to hand over emails held on servers in Ireland. The …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Dec 2017
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EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc. In an attempt to tackle the rise of citizens using encryption and its effects on solving crimes, the commission decided to sidestep the well-worn, and well-ridiculed, path of demanding …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017
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Intel's €1bn EU antitrust appeal: What the heck is the AEC test?

Analysis The European Court of Justice's ping-ponging of Intel's billion-euro EU antitrust suit appeal might mark an evolution of rebate-based competition case law, legal eagles have said. The chipmaker's long-running battle to overturn the $1.06bn fine it received from the ECJ in 2009 - following allegations from rival AMD that it …
Andrew Silver, 7 Sep 2017
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EC puts Qualcomm-NXP investigation on hold, slowing merger approval

Qualcomm would like to spend around US$39 billion to acquire NXP Semiconductors, but the European Commission is taking its sweet time over its approval for the takeover. Dutch automotive and Internet of Things specialist NXP became a takeover target in June 2017. As we reported at the time, the US Department of Justice waved …
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Europe seeks company to monitor Google's algorithm in €10m deal

The European Commission is seeking a company to police Google’s algorithm in a tender worth €10m, following its record antitrust fine against the advertising business of €2.4bn (£2.1bn). The tender is for a "Technical expertise to support the Commission on issues relating to an antitrust case in the IT sector." It called for …
Kat Hall, 30 Jun 2017
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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

Google was today hit with a record antitrust fine of €2.42bn (£2.1bn) from the European Union today for promoting its own shopping search service over those of smaller rivals. The regulator found that Google had abused its market dominance as a search engine "by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its …
Kat Hall, 27 Jun 2017
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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

If he listened to the latest advice from HR types working for the European Commission, Brexit secretary David Davis may today be sat in a darkened room, dressed in cabana wear, as talks with the EU’s chief negotiator begin. The political debate is heating up as the UK starts the two-year process of exiting the Union of 27 …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2017
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EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal

The European Commission has fined Facebook €110m (£94.4m) for giving misleading or incorrect information about its takeover of messaging giant WhatsApp. There were two separate offences – one when Facebook first notified the European Commission that it wanted to buy WhatsApp and a second when it responded to an EC request for …
John Oates, 18 May 2017
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Mozilla wants EU to slow down its ePrivacy Directive process

Mozilla wants the EU to tap the brake on a privacy process slated to deliver a new ePrivacy Directive by May 2018, calling the timeline “overly aggressive”. While saying it supports the main features of the proposal currently in front of the European Commission, in this post by legal advisor Sherrie Quinn, Mozilla hopes Europe …

Europe will fine Twitter, Facebook, Google etc unless they rip up T&Cs

The European Commission is threatening to fine Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social networks unless they overhaul their terms and conditions to pull out legal escape clauses. An official from the EC's consumer protection authorities confirmed it intends to "take action to make sure social media companies comply with EU …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Mar 2017
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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

Apple has filed its defence against the European Commission's claim it owes €13bn in back taxes in Ireland. Apple on Monday filed a defence in which it dismissed the very idea of the US$13.75/£11bn bill, calling for the total or partial annulment of the European Commission decision that set the case in motion and suggesting …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2017

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