Jennifer Baker Brussels correspondent, IDG News Service

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

EU government telco provider was subjected to major attack

The Internet service and telco provider to all the European Union’s official institutions was subjected to a malware attack that “no single company or authority could withstand on its own” admitted the company’s secretary general on Thursday.

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Rivals to again review Google's promises in EU antitrust case

The European Union is to put Google’s latest proposals to the marketplace in order to allow competitors and rivals to assess the search giant’s plans to avoid antitrust sanctions.

Apple should be forced to conform to a standard charger, say EU politicians

Members of the European Parliament’s internal market committee voted Thursday unanimously for a new law mandating a universal mobile phone charger.

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Cancel data sharing deal with US, EU politicians urge

European politicians on Tuesday demanded the suspension of a wide-reaching data sharing agreement between the United States and the European Union following allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) tapped into the international bank transfer company, Swift.

EU unveils plan to end roaming charges for mobile phones

The proposed law includes both “carrot-and-stick” elements to encourage mobile phone operators to remove roaming charges for customers who use mobile phones while traveling in the E.U.

Digital rights activist: EU's proposed net neutrality law 'as useful as an umbrella in a hurricane'

Without the proposed law, 96 percent of Europeans would be without any legal framework at all for net neutrality, said Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

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EU commissioners clash over proposed net neutrality law

A new draft law on net neutrality and mobile roaming in Europe has caused division between lawmakers.

EU politicians want suspension of data-sharing deal amid new NSA spying allegations

The Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) provides the U.S. Treasury with data stored in Europe by the international bank transfer company Swift.

Google's rivals want to review new concessions in EU antitrust case

Google's rivals on Monday called for a second full review of the search giant's latest proposed measures aimed at avoiding a fine from the European Commission for allegedly breaking competition rules.


EU Parliament told to expect more revelations about NSA spying

The committee is investigating the extent of data surveillance by U.S. authorities as well as any monitoring carried out by E.U. countries in the wake of the reports about NSA spying, including a U.S. program known as PRISM.

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EU net neutrality seen in peril from draft law

Digital advocacy group, La Quadrature du Net (QdN), has accused Europe’s Digital Agenda Commissioner of caving in to pressure from telcos and abandoning her promise to protect net neutrality.

EU researchers get 2T bps capacity thanks to network upgrade

The superfast pan-European research network is now available to Europe's educational institutions, research facilities, and hospitals.

Penguin terminates ebook deal with Apple in EU

Ebook publisher, Penguin has agreed to terminate its agency agreement with Apple and to allow Amazon to set its own prices for e-books in settlement of a European Union antitrust case.

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Who will benefit from the new EU telecoms regulation?

Removing mobile phone roaming charges in the European Union may prove more expensive for customers in the long run, a telecoms expert has warned.

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EU privacy watchdog criticizes 'Big Brother' database

Europe’s data privacy watchdog said Friday that a plan to set up a massive database of every non-E.U. citizen entering and leaving the bloc was disproportionate.