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Some of the biggest European telecoms companies are mounting an extraordinary and ferocious attack on the Internet industry. It is extraordinary because two decades after the beginning of the Internet boom, this attack is based on a remarkably poor understanding of the operators’ own ecosystem. And it is attacking the very sector that drives demand… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

Broken Promises

In the beginning was Yahoo. I am old enough to remember the days when Internet access was via dial-up modem, with its distinctive sound, and when finding things on the Internet required using Yahoo’s Web Directory. Looking for things thematically, in a hierarchically organised index, seemed logical and easy at the time. Anyone with a… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

This week, the European Parliament will almost certainly adopt a resolution calling for amendments to the draft EU Data Protection Regulation. This legislative process has taken an unusually long time – and rightly so, because the topic is complex and technical, and because the stakes are very high. Every single company in Europe is affected,… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

Apparently, Commissioner Almunia continues to face sustained pressure from within the European Commission to reach an acceptable settlement to the Google competition case. Since publicly confirming on 5th February that he intends to accept Google’s latest round of proposals, representatives from within the Commission have expressed grave concern about the speed and prematurity of this… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

An iota of protection

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution designed to put political pressure on the United States in matters of data protection. While I understand the reasons for this, I believe what underlies this resolution is very worrying. The EP’s web site yesterday announced: “NSA snooping: MEPs table proposals to protect EU citizens’ privacy“. But in… » read more

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Posted by Chris Sherwood

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Posted by Laurens Cerulus