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Justifiably controversial

According to international media reports, a large number of European Commissioners currently oppose Vice President Almunia’s proposed settlement with Google in the battle over its abuse of dominant position in search, highlighting that there are still a lot of concerns and issues to address before the European Commission can reach an acceptable settlement. While this… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

My readers may be surprised to learn that a company with no operations and no significant dependence on data processing subcontractors in the USA has a strong view on a transatlantic agreement that allows European companies to send customer data to that country. But we do. The agreement is called the Safe Harbor, and essentially… » read more

Posted by Laurens Cerulus

Choice and a fighting chance

The European Commission’s investigation of Google is a game of high stakes for European consumers and the European Internet economy – consumers have grown accustomed to getting real choice in search results, and many thousands of businesses depend on Google for traffic. We hope Google will not drop the curtains on the fantastic period of… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

Many European policy makers and legislators believe they have a responsibility to help European players to compete with foreign players. As the Head of Public Policy for one of the leading European Internet companies, this is not altogether unwelcome. But it is not altogether unproblematic either. The support of European policy makers for the European… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

Data Protection: Moving Forward

Tomorrow I am fortunate enough to be speaking on a panel at the year’s most important data protection conference in Brussels. The conference theme is the draft EU data protection legislation that has been under discussion since January 2012. My panel will be focused on “the future shape of the digital landscape” in Europe. I… » read more

Posted by Laurens Cerulus