Jurist: Sweden court rejects Google’s appeal in data privacy case

Jurist: Sweden court rejects Google’s appeal in data privacy case. “The Administrative Court of Stockholm on Monday rejected Google’s appeal against the decision of the Swedish data protection authority (Authority) and confirmed that Google has violated the provisions of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

Deutsche Welle: Companies plead with EU regulators for action on Google

Deutsche Welle: Companies plead with EU regulators for action on Google. “On November 12, 165 companies and industry bodies in Europe joined Foundem in penning a letter to EU antitrust regulators pleading for harder action against Google. They say the company is driving them out of business with unfair practices on the Google search results page, a function that is so widely used it is essentially the gateway to the internet.”

City A.M.: Google boss apologises to EU chief over plans to dodge antitrust laws

City A.M.: Google boss apologises to EU chief over plans to dodge antitrust laws. “Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has apologised to EU industry chief Thierry Breton after leaked documents revealed plans to attack the commissioner over new antitrust laws. In a video conference last night, Pichai insisted he had not seen or signed off on the document and apologised for the way it had come out.”

BBC: New EU drive to remove extremist web content

BBC: New EU drive to remove extremist web content. “The EU has been discussing such a regulation for more than a year, but the recent terror attacks in France and Austria have given it new urgency. Interior ministers said the text must be agreed soon with the EU Commission and European Parliament. They also urged more EU data-sharing and more systematic border checks.”

Exclusive: Group of 165 Google critics calls for swift EU antitrust action – letter (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Group of 165 Google critics calls for swift EU antitrust action – letter. “A group of 165 companies and industry bodies have called on EU antitrust enforcers to take a tougher line against Google, saying the U.S. tech giant unfairly favours its own services on its web searches.”

Washington Post: Europe fined Google nearly $10 billion for antitrust violations, but little has changed

Washington Post: Europe fined Google nearly $10 billion for antitrust violations, but little has changed. “The European Union spent a decade pursuing Google on antitrust charges, ultimately fining the company nearly $10 billion for using illegal tactics to abuse its dominant position on the market. But two years after the bloc’s biggest rulings, very little competition has emerged, in part because the E.U. largely left it to Google to fix the problems, antitrust lawyers and Google competitors say.”

Reuters: Online giants will have to open ad archives to EU antitrust regulators

Reuters: Online giants will have to open ad archives to EU antitrust regulators. “Dominant tech companies will have to explain how their algorithms work under proposed new EU rules and also open up their ad archives to regulators and researchers, Europe’s digital and antitrust chief said on Friday.”

Arms exports control: launch of online database increasing transparency on EU arms exports (European Union External Action)

European Union External Action: Arms exports control: launch of online database increasing transparency on EU arms exports. “Today the European External Action Service has launched an online database on its website that will allow everyone to consult and analyse the data on Member States’ arms exports in a user-friendly manner. The database contains information on the value, destination and type of arms export licenses and actual exports from Member States, covering the years 2013-2019. The database will be updated on an annual basis.”

BBC: EU investigates Instagram over handling of children’s data

BBC: EU investigates Instagram over handling of children’s data. “Instagram is being investigated by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) over its handling of children’s personal data on the platform. The social media app’s owner Facebook could face a large fine if Instagram is found to have broken privacy laws.”

Columbia Journal of Transnational Law: Facebook’s Response to the Irish Data Protection Commission Falls Flat

Columbia Journal of Transnational Law: Facebook’s Response to the Irish Data Protection Commission Falls Flat. “As of the date of this writing, the DPC has not yet released the draft decision it anticipated would be complete within 21 days of the FIL Response Letter. While FIL’s arguments in the FIL Response Letter are rather tenuous, it looks like Ireland has become Facebook’s battleground to save its business across the European Union. It will not give up without a protracted fight.”

Exclusive: Google sweetens Fitbit concessions, EU okay in sight – sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Google sweetens Fitbit concessions, EU okay in sight – sources . “Alphabet’s Google has tweaked concessions aimed at allaying EU antitrust concerns about its $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit FIT.N, people familiar with the matter said, putting it on course to secure EU approval for the deal.”

Reuters: Study says Google market power has grown despite EU order to play fair

Reuters: Study says Google market power has grown despite EU order to play fair. “U.S. tech giant Alphabet Inc’s GOOGL.O Google has boosted its market power in the three years since EU antitrust enforcers ordered it to stop favouring its own price comparison shopping service, a study of 25 of its rivals showed on Monday.”

Phys .org: Database of parliamentarians’ tweets opens new research opportunities

Phys .org: Database of parliamentarians’ tweets opens new research opportunities. “Researchers have compiled a new database of tweets from parliament members from 26 European countries and illustrated how this resource could help address challenges in the burgeoning field of Twitter research. Livia van Vliet of the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and colleagues present the new database and findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on September 16, 2020.”

BNN Bloomberg: After $9 Billion in Fines, EU Says Something Nice About Google

BNN Bloomberg: After $9 Billion in Fines, EU Says Something Nice About Google. “After fining Google more than 8.2 billion euros ($9.7 billion) in three antitrust cases, a European Union official finally had something nice to say about the Internet giant. Olivier Guersent, the head of the European Commission’s antitrust arm, said Google’s efforts to provide more choice in shopping search results lead to ‘good, positive developments.’ Guersent’s comments Wednesday potentially ease the threat of new fines for the Alphabet Inc. unit.”