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Net privacy: European parliament ready to torpedo 'Safe Harbor'

Net privacy: European parliament ready to torpedo 'Safe Harbor'

A parliamentary commission in Strasbourg, France is preparing to red-pencil a deal struck in mid-March between the European Commission and the United States over the protection of personal data.ZDNet France gained access to a "draft resolution" dated June 8 that asks the executive branch of the EU to "review without delay" the plan, dubbed "Safe Harbor.

June 8, 2000 by in EU

Sprint deal headed for EU okay?

Sprint deal headed for EU okay?

BRUSSELS -- MCI Worldcom’s (Nasdaq:WCOM) proposed purchase of Sprint may be referred for European Commission regulatory approval despite initial reports to the contrary. “We're expecting notification by mid-November,” a Commission spokesman said Friday.

October 30, 1999 by in EU

EU raids mobile phone companies

EU raids mobile phone companies

The European Union has raided all nine British and German mobile phone companies as part of the Union-wide investigation into price fixing, according to Competition Commissioner Mario Monti in Brussels. The raids took place on Wednesday morning, and are concerned with roaming charges between mobile networks in the two countries.

July 10, 2001 by in EU

Domain 'fire sale'--breaking rules?

Domain 'fire sale'--breaking rules?

The Internet entrepreneur who hoped to make a quick buck from a "fire sale" of more than 300 domain names is in danger of breaking new European regulations relating to the sale of geographical domain names. Greg McLamore, who founded the dot-com incubator WebMagic, is to auction 333 domain names online over the next three months.

July 26, 2001 by in EU

EU investigates Warner/EMI merger

EU investigates Warner/EMI merger

The European Commission has begun a four-month probe of the proposed merger between Time-Warner’s (TWX) music division and EMI Group Plc. The Commission said it was worried that the deal would create an oligopoly of four firms dominating the Western European record industry.

June 13, 2000 by in EU

'Jam Echelon Day' called a success

'Jam Echelon Day' called a success

An international day of protest designed to jam the US-led communications spy system Echelon was a "rousing" success according to its organizers, who claim that the cyber-demonstration helped to raise public awareness about the surveillance system. Jam Echelon Day took place on October 21, and encouraged members of the Internet community to send out as many e-mail messages as possible, containing so-called trigger words that the Echelon system is believed to pick up on.

October 24, 2001 by in EU

German finance minister proposes Net business tax

German finance minister proposes Net business tax

Hans Eichel, the German Federal Minister of Finance, demanded at a meetingof the European Union Ministers of Finance in Luxembourg, a uniform valueadded tax on all Internet businesses. The tax should be introduced for alldigital contents such as software, videos, and music, which customers candownload in the European Union.

October 18, 2000 by in EU