Jennifer Baker Brussels correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Google's Schmidt Meets EU Antitrust Regulator Amid Objection Rumors

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt met with the European Union’s antitrust commissioner on Monday amid rumors that the Internet search giant will be hit...

European Distrust of US Data Security Creates Market for Local Cloud Service

Concern over the laxity of United States data protection laws has created a new market for Europe-based cloud computing services.

EU Funding Could Hurt Open Source Licensing, Critics Say

Europe’s pirate party member of parliament has warned that a new funding package for IT innovation could seriously damage open source development.

European Commission Proposals Would Help Online Shoppers Resolve Disputes

New European Commission proposals could prove a boon to online shoppers.

Programming Languages Cannot Be Copyrighted, Says Senior EU Court Adviser

The functionalities of a computer program and the programming language cannot be protected by copyright according to the European Court of Justice’s senior...

Free Software Activists to Take on Google With New Free Search Engine

Free software activists have released a new peer-to-peer search engine to take on Google, Yahoo, Bing and others.

Western Digital Hard-disk Drive Takeover Approved, With Conditions

Western Digital will be allowed to take over Hitachi’s hard disk drive business, but only if it sells off a 3.5-inch hard disk drive production plant.

Business Software Alliance Withdraws Support for Stop Online Piracy Act

The United States’ Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would allow domain names seizures by U.S. authorities on copyright ‘infringing’ websites, has taken...

European Parliament Joins Criticism of SOPA

The European Parliament has added its voice to those criticizing the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the United States criticizing the use of...

EU Parliamentarians Speak out Over Gag Order on Data Deal

A leading Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has said that she will not be gagged on the shortcomings of a new deal to pass European airline travelers’...

Net Neutrality Should Be Enshrined in EU Law Says Parliament

Net neutrality should be enshrined in European Union law says the European Parliament.

New EU Rules on Spectrum Ignore Interference Issues, Group Says

The latest text to set new rules on spectrum use in the European Union fails to deal with the potential problem of interference in consumer equipment, according...

IANA Contract Is up for Renewal, Only to U.S. Bidders

A new tender document for the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) aims to strengthen the transparency, independence and accountability of the next IANA...

German Court Rules That Free Software Can Be Modified as Users Wish

A major challenge to the principles of free software was thrown out of a German district court on Tuesday.

Too Much Social Networking Could Lead to Big Brother Fears, Agency Says

Europe’s biggest cyber security agency, ENISA, has warned that social networking could lead to a feeling of being continuously under surveillance and paranoid...