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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

Comment European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has lost patience with phone makers insisting on using different connector designs for charging, and promised an impact study on the consumer pain that Lightning and USB causes. Vestager confirmed the policy in a Parliament Answer this month. In 2011, in response to pressure from the …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2018
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United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield ... or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

The Privacy Shield agreement – which governs the flow of personal data between America and Europe – should be suspended if the US doesn't comply by 1 September, the European Parliament has said. At the plenary session of the European Parliament today, MEPs voted 303 to 223 in favour of a resolution that criticises the US and …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Jul 2018
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EU summons a CYBER FORCE into existence

Lithuania's proposal that the European Union create an international cyber-force has been endorsed, and the effort already has seven countries on board. The baltic country announced yesterday that EU member states have agreed to create “EU Cyber Rapid Response Force” teams, with a declaration of intent signed in Luxembourg …
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EU court: No, expat Frenchman can't trademark France.com

An EU court has tried to forestall ongoing US legal proceedings by declaring that an expat Frenchman can’t trademark a logo containing the domain name France.com. The EU General Court, a division of the EU Court of Justice, ruled today that Jean-Noel Frydman’s company France.com Inc was not entitled to register the domain name …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2018

EU-US Privacy Shield not up to snuff, data tap should be turned off – MEPs

The deal governing transatlantic data flows doesn't properly protect European Union citizens and should be suspended unless the United States complies with its terms, MEPs have said. The Privacy Shield agreement, which aims to protect personal data transferred from the EU to the US, was set up after a legal challenge by …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Jun 2018
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EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

Calls are mounting for the European Commission to issue a non-compliance notice against Google over attempts to address complaints about its market dominance. In June the commission found Google had abused its general search supremacy to illegally favour its own service over rival comparison shopping websites – landing it a €2 …
Kat Hall, 20 Apr 2018
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Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

The European Commission has outlined its desire for a new legal instrument that would require carriers, clouds, email service providers, and operators of messaging apps, to produce someone's data within six hours to assist investigations of “criminals or terrorists”. The proposed European Production Order will "allow a …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2018
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UK.gov: Snoop laws not 'significant' obstacle to EU data protection talks

The UK's Snooper's Charter should not be a "significant" obstacle to data protection negotiations with the European Union, the government has said. In a letter (PDF) to peers, digital minister Matthew Hancock reiterated that the UK was still aiming to gain an adequacy-plus model on data protection after the UK leaves the bloc …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Oct 2017
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WhatsApp? You still don't get EU privacy laws, that's WhatsApp

WhatsApp's privacy policies have come under fresh scrutiny from the European Union's data protection regulators, who say the Facebook-owned business has failed to smarten up its act. The Article 29 Working Party, which comprises data regulators from EU nations and the EU itself, believes that WhatsApp's latest terms and …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Oct 2017
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EU tells Facebook and Twitter: Obey us or we'll start regulating

The EU Commission has fired a shot across Facebook and Twitter's bows, having issued a proclamation decreeing that "social media platforms" must do more to remove "illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online". Although what is said in the EU proclamation is nothing new – indeed, in the UK, the measures …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2017
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EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

Opinion A group of European governing institutions has approved a programme to invest €120m (£105m, $134.7m) in public Wi-Fi hotspots in over 6,000 municipalities in all European Union member states by 2020. The WiFi4EU initiative, first proposed last September, is a stern disregard for recent history – which has seen the closure of …
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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have all decided that the in-El Reg's-view-inexplicable WiFi4EU project is a fine idea worthy of €120m to ensure “every European village and every city with free wireless internet ac­cess around the main centres of public life by 2020." The agreement between the Parliament, …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2017

Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

Uber is really a transport company, not an internet company, in official advice given to the European Court of Justice. If it's followed by the court, the opinion will have significant impact on horizontally integrated platforms operating in Europe that present themselves as intermediaries and thus bypass many regulations. …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 May 2017
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UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

The internet is buzzing with claims about the role of data and use of algorithms by politicians to swing votes. Whether data played so important a part in campaigns from 2015 General Election to the EU referendum and how far data will shape the outcome of the upcoming snap General Election is interesting, but – ultimately – …
Jane Fae , 10 May 2017
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European Investment Bank tosses €25m to MariaDB

The European Investment Bank has decided MariaDB Corporation is worthy of €25 million funding under the European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe. The Plan is often referred to as the “Juncker Plan”, reflecting its status as a pet project of European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who wants more investment in …
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Brit firm lands £58m EU spy drone 'copter contract

A British firm has won a contract with the EU to supply border control surveillance helicopter drones. Martek Marine boasts that the £58m EU Maritime Safety Agency contract will see its products being used for “border control activities, search & rescue operations and monitoring of pollution, as well as the detection of …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Mar 2017

New EU rules on portability of online content services move closer

Planned new EU laws aimed at making online content more accessible to those that subscribe to it are closer to being finalised after a deal struck on the new rules earlier this month was endorsed by representatives of national governments across the EU. At the beginning of February, the Maltese presidency of the Council of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Feb 2017

EU wants power to fine behavioural data bad boys and the ad men aren't happy

The EU has proposed only incremental changes to data protection law in Europe, but their significance lies in a new ability to fine digital services – including the giant platforms – for privacy breaches. The law covers the consent users give to the acquisition and processing of behavioural data. This is considered valuable by …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jan 2017

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