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Tag Archives: EU

UK Sued for Violating Privacy Laws

Posted in Internet Privacy
Privacy International sued the UK government for violating the privacy of citizens using “servers of global internet companies located in the US such as Google, Facebook or Yahoo.” Computerworld reported that “the expansive spying regime is seemingly operated outside of the rule of law, lacks any accountability, and is neither necessary nor proportionate.” Privacy International’s … Continue Reading

UK Orders Google to Update Privacy Policy

Posted in Internet Privacy
Google now has until September 20, 2013 to revise its Privacy Policy or be fined by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which is dissatisfied with Google’s March 2012 Privacy Policy. In April, 2013 six EU states (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United-Kingdom) launched an enforcement action against Google to change its … Continue Reading

Google’s Android Operating System Now Target of EU Antitrust Charges

Posted in eCommerce
FairSearch.org filed a complaint with the EU asserting that Google’s use of the Android operating system dominates the mobile marketplace and is anticompetitive. FairSearch states that it “is an international coalition of 17 specialized search and technology companies whose members include Expedia, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, and TripAdvisor.” In the complaint FairSearch states: Google is using … Continue Reading

EU Fines Microsoft $732 million for Antitrust Violation

Posted in eCommerce
The EU Competition Commission concluded that Microsoft failed to comply with its 2009 agreement to offer browser choices to 15 million Windows customers so rather the customers were stuck with Internet Explorer. Under the terms of the 2009 settlement agreement between the EU and Microsoft when Microsoft Windows customers bought a new version they would … Continue Reading

Google Now Dealing with New EU Antitrust Complaint

Posted in eCommerce
Just as Google proposed a settlement with the EU, on January 30, 2013 i-Comp filed a new complaint of antitrust charges about which Bloomberg reported that Google’s “search results discriminate against competitors.” I-Comp is led by Microsoft and posted on its website:  By creating an illegal network of exclusive relationships with these important partners, Google … Continue Reading

US Antitrust Problems for Google May be Over

Posted in eCommerce
The Washington Post reported that the FTC and Google have reached a deal in the 2 year investigation about monopoly practices where Google “would agree to new limits on its ability to use snippets of content from other Web sites and would agree to make it easier for marketers to transfer their online ads to … Continue Reading

Windows President Departs Abruptly

Posted in IT Industry
With little fanfare and soon after the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft announced the departure of 23 year veteran Steven Sinofsky which is leading to speculation that Windows 8 may not be as successful as Microsoft hoped. Also the New York Times reported that in recent SEC filings Microsoft blamed Sinofsky for failing to comply … Continue Reading

EU Claims Google Violates Privacy Laws

Posted in Internet Privacy
The 27 heads of European data agencies complained that Google’s failed to respond adequately to charges that Google’s new Privacy Policy effective on March 1, 2012 violated the EU privacy laws which are referred to as the 1995 Data Directive  –“Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection … Continue Reading

Should Anyone Expect Privacy on Google?

Posted in Internet Privacy
Since 92% of adults use search engines every day means that they share volumes of information with Google, who dominates searching, 66.4% in the US and 80% in the EU. No one was surprised when Pew Research reported that 92% of adults search daily, but what Google does with our personal information changed on March … Continue Reading

Google’s New Privacy Policies Break EU Laws

Posted in Internet Privacy
 Although Google claims its new Privacy Policy helps simplify privacy, the EU claims otherwise and specifically that the new Privacy Policy “makes it impossible to understand which purposes, personal data, recipients or access rights are relevant to the use of a specific service.”   The EU gave the lead to investigate Google’s new Privacy Policy … Continue Reading

EU Court Ruling Protects Social Media Site

Posted in eCommerce
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) refused to order a Social Media site to prevent the unlawful use of copyrighted works. In 2010 SABAM (Société Belge des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs), the Belgian collecting society for music royalties, lost a lawsuit to force Netlog (a Social Media site) to add a filter … Continue Reading

Motion Filed to Stop Google’s New Terms of Service (ToS) and Privacy Policies

Posted in Internet Privacy
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a Motion to enjoin Google from implementing new ToS and Privacy Policies on March 1, 2012. On February 8, 2012 EPIC filed a Motion for Temporary relief against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce Google’s March 2011 Agreement Containing Consent Order which included the FTC’s oversight on Google’s … Continue Reading

Internet Antitrust – US and EU

Posted in eCommerce
Apparently the US Justice Department is investigating anticompetitive behavior concerning among others Google, Yahoo! , and Apple since many Internet companies restrict recruiting and hiring of one another’s employees. Since anticompetitive employment agreements in the technology industry are the norm it’s particularly interesting that the Justice Department is pursuing these companies. Internet and IT companies … Continue Reading

EU Update- IT Security Breaches, Microsoft, and Intel

Posted in IT Industry
Recent reports from the EU potentially impact a number of Internet and IT industry issues of great import, including plans for new laws to protect consumers from IT security breaches, Microsoft’s strategy to defend antitrust claims regarding the Internet Explorer (IE) browser, and a ruling that Intel violates antitrust laws. EU Notice for Loss of … Continue Reading

Browser Wars Never End – The EU Accuses Microsoft of Antitrust Charges

Posted in eCommerce
Reports that the EU regulators have now formally accused Microsoft of antitrust charges for including Internet Explorer as part of the Windows operating system is hardly a surprise. Apparently in December 2007 the Opera Software the Norwegian browser developed filed a complaint with the EU that Microsoft violated EU antitrust laws. Opera’s 2007 complaint jump-started … Continue Reading