Jennifer Baker Brussels correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Consumer Watchdog Urges EU to Block Google's Motorola Deal

A United States consumer group has written to the European Commission asking it to block Google's Motorola deal and to launch an investigation into the Internet...

EU's Data Protection Proposals Likely to Include 24-hour Breach Notification

After weeks of controversy, lobbying and concessions, the European Commission looks set to unveil its new data-protection proposals on Wednesday.

EU Digital Commissioner Asks for Feedback on Megaupload Take-down

Europe's Commissioner in charge of the digital agenda has asked the public what it thinks about the shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload by U.S. authorities...

Dutch MP Wants Ban on Sales of Surveillance Tech to Despotic Regimes

The Dutch Green party has called for a change in the law to ban the sales of surveillance technology to countries that violate human rights, and European...

EU Electronic Retailers Must Take Back Old Equipment Without Charge or Sale

The European Parliament on Thursday approved plans to force large electronic retailers to take back old equipment.

EU Takes Action on Hungary's Poor Data Protection

The European Commission has launched infringement measures against Hungary over concerns that binding data protection rules are being undermined.

EU Mobile Roaming Proposals Face Flack From All Sides

Both new and existing telecoms operators have expressed caution about the European Union’s plans to extend price caps on European roaming charges.

Reduced Copper Network Access Prices Would Hurt Fiber, Say EU Groups

The European Commission’s plan to lower access prices to copper networks in order to boost next generation networks is flawed, say Europe’s leading telecoms...

EU Police Agency Arrests 112 Over Online Child Porn

Europe’s police force has arrested more than 100 people in a major crackdown on online child porn, but warned that the Internet is making it easier for offenders...

IBM Strikes Deal With EU Over Antitrust Complaint

Computer giant IBM has made legally binding concessions to European Union regulators in order to avoid a fine for anticompetitive practices.

EU to Give Secret Anti-censorship Software to Human Rights Activists

The European Union plans to distribute new software to help human rights activists and dissidents in authoritarian regimes circumvent censorship.

EU to Make All Public Data Available in Digital Formats

European Union member states will be forced to digitize all their government data it was revealed on Monday.

Surveillance Tech Companies Should Not Sell to Despots Says EU

Surveillance technology companies have a moral obligation not to sell to repressive regimes warned Europe’s Digital Agenda Commissioner on Friday. Her views were...

EU Foreign Ministers Stick up for Wikileaks

The European Union’s foreign ministers issued a statement on Thursday reiterating the rights of whistleblowing websites such as Wikileaks.

Consumers Misled by Online Behavioral Advertising Companies, EU Group Says

Consumers are being misled about online behavioral advertising and what happens to their data says Europe’s biggest consumer rights organization.