EU Announces Antitrust Charges Against Google

EU  Announces Antitrust Charges Against Google European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) announced it has served Google with a formal complaint (called a Statement of Objections) alleging that it unfairly prioritized its own Google Shopping search results over comparison shopping sites.  if the charges are proven,  Google could face up to $6.4 billion in fines. At…

EU Court of Justice Invalidates Data Directive (quoted)

  EU Court of Justice Invalidates Data Retention Directive The European Union’s highest court struck down a controversial directive that encouraged telecommunication and mobile phone companies to retain users’ private data records for up to two years.  The EU’s European Court of Justice invalidated the 2006 EU Data Retention Directive on privacy grounds, noting in its…

EU WTF? RECENT EUROPEAN ACTIONS RAISE CONCERNS

The European Union recently passed legislation that would establish an opt-in standard for all cookies.  Users must be provided with “clear and comprehensive information” and offered the right to refuse in a “user-friendly” manner.   Exceptions are permitted where cookies are “strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly…