EU

Amazon

Amazon’s fight against $277 million EU tax order kicks off in court on Thursday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Amazon will on Thursday seek to overturn an order from the European Union to repay about 250 million euros (approximately $277 million) in back taxes to ...

EU Digital Policy

European Union bets on data, new rules to catch up in global tech economy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission plans to create a single European market for data, hoping that pooling the region’s deep industrial expertise will help bui...

Google

Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection – sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under United Stat...

5G

United States urges the EU to use 5G by Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung

LISBON (Reuters) – European Union countries have no reason to use 5G mobile technology from Huawei because Sweden’s Ericsson, Finland’s Nokia and South Korea̵...

iPhone

Apple hits back at the European Union over universal charger proposal

Apple has hit back against European Union lawmakers renewed call for a common smartphone charger, warning the move could hamper innovation across the industry.

Hotel and Motel

Russia’s FAS launches investigation into Booking.com

Russia’s Federal Anti-monopoly Service has opened an investigation into the popular hotel reservation website Booking.com, the regulator said on the 30th December.

Airbnb

Airbnb wins fight to remain exempt from European property rules

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – US home-sharing site Airbnb on Thursday won its battle to remain exempt from onerous European property regulations, as the EU’s top court ruled i...

Airbnb

EU court to rule to rule on how to classify Airbnb

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – 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...

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

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU regulators will review two-decade old rules that determine if companies have the market power to throttle rivals or control prices to take into accoun...

Libra

European Union agrees tough line on digital currencies

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

Google

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 (Reuters) – 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 g...

WhatsApp

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

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