Google issues defiant response to EU charges

Nicholas Hirst, POLITICO,  Thursday, August 27, 2015

Google filed a formal response Thursday rebutting the European Commission’s charges that it used its dominance over Internet searches to stifle online competition. The 150-page document points to the power of giants like Amazon and eBay as evidence that the market for online shopping is thriving and dismisses rivals’ claims that the search engine has intentionally quashed their traffic.

US-EU standards must be harmonized to advance accessibility

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Friday, August 21, 2015

Making technology accessible to persons with disabilities is a critical issue to which we need to play closer attention. Within the government, the issue often falls on a federal chief information officers' long list of to-dos, rather than being a central focus. While recognizing that federal CIOs have a broad set of responsibilities and that there are many critical issues that they manage, we must place a focused eye on whether the issue of accessibility is getting the attention it should.

Google did NOT split up because of the EU, legal experts agree

Matt Rosoff, Business Insider,  Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Google is splitting apart. The European Union has talked about splitting Google apart. Are the two related? Is Google trying to cleverly preempt whatever the Europeans decide to do? Nope. At least not according to four legal experts who spoke to Business Insider.

EU close to sealing deal with United States on data-sharing

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Thursday, August 06, 2015

The European Commission is working with the United States on the final details of a commercial data-sharing deal that was put up for renegotiation following leaks two years ago that exposed U.S. mass surveillance practices, a document seen by Reuters showed. The European Commission, the EU executive, has been negotiating with the United States since January 2014 to reform an existing agreement allowing companies to transfer data easily between the two areas, known as "Safe Harbour".

An incomplete European cybersecurity agenda

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Earlier this year the European Union released its new Agenda on Security. But the agenda, while admirable, is incomplete. It is missing a vital component – reform of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) process. Europe’s new security agenda is an excellent first step toward greater EU cooperation in the cyber domain. European nations will work to reduce the barriers to cross-border cybercrime investigations, especially related to jurisdiction and evidence sharing. The agenda also obliges EU institutions to follow through on the 2013 Cybersecurity Strategy. That includes adopting a binding directive on network and information security.

Europe's DSM is an opportunity for growth on both sides of the Atlantic

Penny Pritzker, EurActiv,  Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Last week I traveled to Brussels to meet with EU government and business leaders about policies, regulatory frameworks, and key initiatives related to the digital economy. The US and the EU have a storied history of cooperation. Our shared values have long-shaped the rules of the global economy—from our commitment to free and fair trade, to our adherence to the rule of law and our protection of intellectual property. When it comes to setting standards for the digital economy, however, we are faced with a choice: will we approach this new frontier with a shared vision that creates opportunities for our businesses and people alike, or will we take divergent paths that disadvantage our companies and make us both less competitive?

Digital inclusion: helping the blind and people with disabilities to get the most from the online world

Andrus Ansip, European Commission,  Wednesday, August 05, 2015

In the EU today, there are more than 30 million blind and partially sighted people who are unable to access most websites. Put that together with all of Europe's elderly and disabled people – many of whom also have online accessibility problems - and it gets a lot higher. The blind cannot always enjoy all the TV and on-demand programmes in the same way as sighted people can, or get the most out of shopping online. For me, this is not only a market issue – but also one of fundamental rights.

Federal CIOs need to pay attention to European Commission’s investigation into Android

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Monday, August 03, 2015

My goal here is not to rehash what has already been stated, but instead focus on Android and the underlying, lesser-known issues at play for government users. It is important to consider the implications this series of events has on public sector entities. Vendor practices are particularly important for federal CIOs while procuring goods and services, in particular as it relates to “bring-your-own-device” (BYOD) policies.

Europe wants to be the world’s leading tech power. Andrus Ansip is tasked with making it happen

Leo Mirani, Quartz,  Monday, August 03, 2015

But when it comes to digital policy, the important thing to know is just this: Andrus Ansip is the most powerful person in Europe today. As the commissioner in charge of the “digital single market,” his job is, literally, “to make Europe a world leader in information and communication technology.”

Google Pushes Back Against French Privacy Regulator’s Order

Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg Business,  Thursday, July 30, 2015

Google Inc. pushed back against France’s data privacy authority after the watchdog ordered the search engine giant to extend the so-called right to be forgotten to its websites globally. France’s data protection authority, CNIL, should withdraw its ultimatum threatening Google with fines unless it delists requested links across its network, the Mountain View, California-based company said in a blog post Thursday.