European Union

State backed hackers

EU sanctions Russian intelligence, North Korean, Chinese firms over alleged cyberattacks

The EU has imposed travel and financial sanctions on a section of Russia’s military intelligence service and on business entities from North Korea and China over their involv...

European Union

Blow for EU as Apple wins fight against $15 billion tax order

Apple has scored a major win as Europe’s second-highest court rejected an EU order for Apple to pay 13 billion euros (approximately $15 billion) in Irish back taxes, dealing ...


European Union regulators seek feedback on Google’s Fitbit data pledge

European Union  antitrust enforcers are asking interested parties whether Google’s pledge not to use fitness tracker maker Fitbit’s health data for its advertising, and...

European Commission

Social media platforms to face same EU rules on hateful content as broadcasters

Social media platforms will for the first time be subject to European Union broadcasting rules on hate speech and harmful content under guidelines announced on by the European Comm...

Tech Titans

EU throws new rule book at tech giants in competition search

Frustrated by its continuing failure to loosen Google’s grip on search, despite more than $8 billion in fines, the European Union is lining up new rules to level the playing ...


Facebook ad boycott campaign to go global, organisers say

Organisers of a Facebook advertising boycott campaign that has drawn support from a rapidly expanding list of major companies are now preparing to take the battle global to increas...


Top French court upholds $56 million Google privacy breach fine

France’s top administrative court upheld a 50 million-euro fine (approximately $56 million) imposed last year on Google for breaching European Union online privacy rules.

Fake News

EU should beef up fake news pledge involving Google, Facebook, Twitter – study

The European Union should strengthen a voluntary pledge, to which Facebook, Google and Twitter signed up to combat fake news, with sanctions to make it a more effective tool, a stu...


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.