Jennifer Baker Brussels correspondent, IDG News Service

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


EU institutions' sites move toward compliance on cookie-tracking laws

Europe’s top law-making body is working to bring its websites into line with the cookie tracking laws it enforces on other entities.

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US cyberspying damages trust, European Union leaders say

Europe’s top privacy watchdog and the Digital Agenda Commissioner both said Monday that more transparency and trust is needed between the European Union and the United States following the Prism scandal.


EU commissioner wants to protect citizens from Prism

Europe’s Justice Commission said Friday that she would not sacrifice European citizens’ rights for United States’ national security.

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New EU law mandates eCall in all new cars

From October 2015 all new cars in the European Union will have to be fitted with an eCall device according to new draft legislation announced Thursday.

European Commission denies watering down data protection laws

The European Commission on Thursday strenuously denied watering down its proposals for data protection laws as a result of United States lobbying.

European commissioner demands Prism answers from US attorney general

Europe's justice commissioner has given the U.S. attorney general until Friday to explain how far the so-called Prism program went in collecting European citizens' data.

European Parliament delays vote on sharing passenger data with US authorities

European Union lawmakers have delayed a vote on what authorities can do with airline passengers' data following the revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism data collection system.

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EU countries must be able to sentence hackers to two years, draft law says.

Hackers would face a minimum two-year prison sentence under a new European Union law approved by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee on Thursday.

EU commissioner tells parliamentarians that delivering net neutrality will garner votes

Digital Agenda Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, on Thursday called on the European Parliament to support her plans for an end to roaming charges and guaranteed net neutrality. Yet contrary to media reports, no concrete legislation has been presented.

EU aims to beat US in chip race

Europe's Digital Agenda Commissioner on Thursday set out plans for the European Union to produce more micro- and nano-chips than the United States in the next seven years.

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are secret backers behind European Privacy Association

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have been confirmed as the secret backers behind the European Privacy Association (EPA) which was accused of a lack of transparency by an independent watchdog on Thursday.

Russia signs international privacy pact

Russia on Wednesday took a step toward protecting private data by ratifying the so-called Convention 108, established in 1981 and legally binding in 45 countries.

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Specter of ACTA hangs over TTIP negotiations

European civil liberties representatives on Wednesday advised the European Commission's trade department that the intellectual property chapter should be left out of the current trade negotiations with the United States and that the deal should not be agreed in secret.

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Google rival Foundem urges EU to reject remedies

A Google competitor that filed a complaint against the search giant said on Tuesday that the company's proposals to address the European Commission's antitrust concerns do no such thing.

EU data protection vote delayed again

An important vote on the future of the European Union's privacy laws has been delayed again.