EU

Airbnb

EU court to rule to rule on how to classify Airbnb

BRUSSELS – Is it an online booking service? Or a real estate agent? The popular US home-sharing site Airbnb will on the 19th December know how it should be labelled when Euro...

Facebook App

Facebook, privacy activist Schrems battle nears an end

It has taken some seven years, but the battle between the Austrian privacy activist and Facebook seems to be nearing an end, when on the 17th of this month an adviser to EuropeR...

European Parliament

EU regulators to review rules defining companies’ market power

European Union regulators will review two-decade old rules that determine if companies have the market power to throttle rivals or control prices to take into account globalisation...

Libra

European Union agrees tough line on digital currencies

BRUSSELS – Private digital currencies like Facebook’s Libra should not be allowed in the European Union until the risks they could pose are clearly addressed, EU financ...

Platform News: Google movements

EU regulators said to be investigating Google (again)

Over the past decade the EU has been heavily invested in litigation against big tech. Notable personnel within the current and past US administrations have seen this as an unoffici...

5G networks

Merkel wants Europe to aim for joint stance on China and 5G

BERLIN – Long-time German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on European countries on Wednesday to agree a common approach towards China and the roll-out of the next generation ...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype

BRUSSELS – EU efforts to create a level playing field between telecoms operators and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Microsoft unit Skype stalled on Friday after member countri...

MSFT

Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe

BRUSSELS – Microsoft said on Monday it was updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European Union ins...