Tag Archives: EU

Google to be Fined for Failing to Comply with EU Privacy Laws

Google told the EU that the EU Privacy Laws did not apply to Google’s services and the EU now plans to impose a sanction for “breaches of the French Data Protection Act of 6 January 1978, as amended (French Data Protection Act) which, in practice, prevents individuals from knowing how their personal data may be … Continue reading this entry

UK Sued for Violating Privacy Laws

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 this entry

UK Orders Google to Update Privacy Policy

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 this entry

EU Asserts Jurisdiction Over Google's Servers

Internet jurisdiction may have taken an interesting turn now that the EU asserted that servers outside the EU are subject to EU law. On June 25, 2013 Niilo Jaaskinen, the independent Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, issued an Opinion that the EU Data Protective Directive applies to search engines that contain data … Continue reading this entry

Astroturfing in the EU by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo?

Accusations are flying in the EU about astroturfing by members of the European Privacy Association (EPA) in spite of the EU requirement that "requires all signatories to disclose their interests, objectives or aims and, where applicable, the clients they represent."   The EPA is listed in the category of think tanks, research and academic institutions and … Continue reading this entry

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

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 this entry

EU Fines Microsoft $732 million for Antitrust Violation

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 this entry

Google Now Dealing with New EU Antitrust Complaint

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 this entry

US Antitrust Problems for Google May be Over

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 this entry

Windows President Departs Abruptly

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 this entry

EU Claims Google Violates Privacy Laws

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 this entry

EU Claims that Microsoft Breached Antitrust Settlement Agreement

In 2009 Microsoft agreed to offer EU customers a browser choice of 12 options until 2014, but apparently Windows 7 released in February 2011 did not contain that option. As result Joaquin Almunia (Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy) announced on July 17, 2012 that and investigation is underway because:  Although … Continue reading this entry

Should Anyone Expect Privacy on Google?

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 this entry

Google's New Privacy Policies Break EU Laws

 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 this entry

EU Court Ruling Protects Social Media Site

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 this entry

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

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 this entry

EU to Google - Not so Fast with the new Privacy Policies!

EU officials announced that the new Google Privacy Policies may not insure compliance with EU laws and asked Google to halt these changes pending an investigation of the implications of personal data protection. Google’s new Privacy Policies are scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2012 and the New York Times reported that EU authorities … Continue reading this entry

Search Engine Update: Google grabs 71% of U.S. searches, Bing slips

No surprise that Google’s search engine continues to grow at the expense of Yahoo! and Microsoft’s Bing. Hitwise now reports April 2010: Google at 71.4%, Yahoo! down 1% to to 14.96%, Bing down 2% to 9.43%, Ask down 37% to 2.18%, and the remaining 78 search engines accounted for 2.03%. As these search engine wars … Continue reading this entry

Google Woes in the EU Include Conviction for Executives Over Video Posting

The recent conviction of 3 Google executives in Italy for a video posted on Google which showed the bullying of a disable teenager captured many headlines. No question that the video was in poor taste and Google took the video down within 24 hours of its posting after Google got 2 complaints. The conviction of … Continue reading this entry

Antitrust Update - Challenges for Intel, Oracle, and Microsoft

With a barrage of antitrust headlines it hard to know which one has the greatest impact on the Internet and IT community. But clearly New York’s antitrust filing against Intel in Delaware is near the top of the list. Why Delaware? Apparently NY is using the on-going Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) antitrust suit against Intel … Continue reading this entry

Google's Book Settlement Has Many Critics in the US and EU

No surprise that dozens of filings were made in opposition to the proposed settlement of the lawsuit between the Google and the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers which was filed in “2005 by the authors and publishers against Google over its plan to digitize millions of books from libraries without authorization from rights … Continue reading this entry

Internet Antitrust - US and EU

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 this entry

EU Update- IT Security Breaches, Microsoft, and Intel

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 this entry

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

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 this entry