Jennifer Baker Brussels correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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European Commission asks Google for more concessions in antitrust case

Europe’s competition chief confirmed Wednesday that he has written to Eric Schmidt to ask for better assurances from Google in an ongoing antitrust investigation.

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EU competition watchdog raids Telefónica, Deutsche Telecom, and Orange

It emerged Thursday, that Europe’s top antitrust watchdog carried out unannounced raids on Telefónica, Deutsche Telecom and Orange on Tuesday.

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EU pledges €4.8 billion to boost electronics sector

In a new effort to boost Europe’s electronics manufacturing capabilities, the European Commission on Wednesday proposed €4.8 billion in funding for research and innovation partnerships with the private sector and European Union member states.

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New EU law could open the door for more online music

European Union music lovers may soon have more ways to buy music online, thanks to a draft law approved by the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee on Tuesday.

European lawmakers may abolish all roaming charges

The prospect of downloading data, sending text messages and making calls while travelling in Europe, without incurring huge ‘roaming’ charges came a step closer on Tuesday when politicians voted in favour of new legislation.

EU-US data-sharing deals reviewed amid Prism scandal

A European Union team will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Monday to assess how the United States is using data it receives from the E.U.


EU Parliament OKs stricter penalties for cyber attacks

Cyber criminals will face tougher penalties across the European Union, under new rules adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday.

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Stop spying on us, European Parliament tells US

The European Parliament on Thursday gave its consent to suspend data-sharing deals with the United States following the allegations about spying and the Prism scandal.

EU demands answers on alleged U.S. spying of European Union embassies

E.U. politicians at both national and European level on Monday demanded that the United States answer allegations of spying on European Union embassies, while others called for asylum for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Top EU court says printers can be taxed to compensate for piracy losses

Europe’s top court ruled Thursday that it is legal for countries to impose a levy on printer manufacturers such as Canon, Epson, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Kyocera and Xerox in order to compensate rights holders for unauthorised reproduction of their work.

Rivals: Google should be regulated like telcos and electricity companies

Companies who have been assessing Google’s planned remedies to anti-competitive practice on Tuesday called on the European Commission to reject them and to consider regulating Internet search.

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EU guide helps governments avoid vendor lock-in

A new European guide aimed at avoiding IT vendor lock-in could save the public sector more than €1 billion a year.

There is no "right to be forgotten" by search engines, says top EU court advisor

The senior advisor to Europe’s top court said Tuesday that Google is not responsible for third party information in its search results and that there is no universal “right to be forgotten” under the current data protection laws.

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Encryption would exempt ISPs from data breach notification to EU customers

European Union telecoms providers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will have to comply with new rules in August to ensure that customers in all E.U. countries receive the same information if their personal data is lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised.

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EU cloud computing contracts to go under the microscope

The way in which European cloud computing contracts are drawn up is to come under scrutiny by a team of experts.