Jennifer Baker Brussels correspondent, IDG News Service

Jennifer Baker reports on the European Union: Commission, Parliament, technology policy, regulation, and competition.

Germany Taken to Court for Failing to Implement Data Retention

European authorities have taken Germany to court for failing to implement the E.U. Data Retention Directive.

Five EU Countries Taken to Court for Failing to Implement Cookie Law

Europe's top regulatory authority is taking five E.U. countries to court for failing to implement so-called cookie laws.

Law to Lower Roaming Charges the Fastest Approved in EU

A new law to lower the price of mobile phone roaming was approved on Wednesday, making it the fastest piece of legislation to be passed by the European Union...

EU Telcos Call for Less Regulation

European telcos on Wednesday called for E.U. authorities to reduce regulation on the industry.

Critics Say EU Guidelines on Avoiding Software Vendor Tie-in Ignored by Slovak Authorities

A company in Slovakia is being penalized for failing to submit official documents via a system that only works with Microsoft Windows.

EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Admits ACTA Is Probably Dead

For the first time, on Friday, a European Commissioner has said openly that the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is more or less dead in...

EU and Japan to Make the Internet Safer for Children

Europe and Japan are to work together to make the Internet safer for kids.

Programming Languages Not Copyrightable Rules Top EU Court

Europe's top court ruled on Wednesday that the functionality of a computer program and the programming language it is written in cannot be protected by...

Germany Misses EU Data Retention Deadline, Could Face Court Action

Germany could face court action for failing to implement the E.U.'s Data Retention Directive it was confirmed on Friday.

Help Us Roll out High-speed Internet More Cheaply Says EU

European lawmakers have asked for help and advice on how to roll out high-speed Internet across the E.U. more cheaply.

EU Lawmakers Warn Six Countries They Must Implement E-money Rules

The European Commission on Thursday asked six E.U. countries to explain their delay in enforcing the binding e-money Directive.

Open Software Activists Urge Politicians to Throw off Digital Shackles

What do Mitt Romney, the Pope, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and actress turned politician Glenda Jackson have in common? Answer: they were all sent handcuffs...

EU Lawmakers Take Tough Stance on Independent Data Protection

The European Commission underlined its commitment to data protection on Wednesday by referring Hungary to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over the...

EU Investigates Spanish Aid for Broadcasters Going Digital

The E.U.'s plans to free up radio spectrum for wireless broadband and other new technologies has raised sticky issues for television broadcasters in Spain.

European Data Protection Official Criticizes ACTA Treaty

Europe's top data privacy watchdog has strongly criticized the international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) warning that it could lead to widespread...