Tag Archives: European Union

EU extortionists demand $122 million from Facebook for doing what EU extortionists do

Source: Engadget

"After months of deliberation, the European Commission has ruled that Facebook intentionally mislead officials over its ability to utilize data following its acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014. As a result, the social network has been fined €110 million ($122 million or £94 million) and becomes the first company to be penalized under the Commission's Merger Regulation law since it was introduced in 2004. The case, which was opened in December 2016, focused on Facebook's admission that it would be unable to reliably automate the sharing of data between a user's Facebook and WhatsApp accounts. However, in August 2016 — nearly two years after the companies had merged — Facebook announced an update to its terms of service, noting that it could link WhatsApp users' phone numbers to their Facebook profile. The Commission filed a Statement of Objections three months later. According to today's statement, Facebook was judged to have lied on two occasions." [editor's note: Do the European Commission's members have to squat and defecate money all over the people they lie to on a regular basis? – TLK] (05/18/17)


EU starts legal action against Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions

Source: Business Insider

"The European Commission launched legal action against Italy on Wednesday for failing to respond to allegations of emission-test cheating by Fiat Chrysler, in a procedure that could lead to the country being taken to court. The Commission said Italy had failed to convince it that devices used to modulate emissions on Fiat Chrysler vehicles outside of narrow testing conditions were justified." (05/17/17)


EU judges to tackle idiotic "right to be forgotten" again

Source: US News & World Report

"In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that people could ask search engines, such as Google and Microsoft's Bing, to remove inadequate or irrelevant information from web results appearing under searches for people's names — dubbed the -right to be forgotten.' Google has since received over 720,000 removal requests and accepted about 43 percent of them, according to its transparency report. Four individuals who had asked Google to remove links to webpages about them appealed to the French data protection authority after the search engine company refused their request. The French privacy regulator, the CNIL, agreed with Google's decision, prompting the individuals to take their case to the French Conseil d'Etat, France's supreme administrative court, which referred it to the Luxembourg-based ECJ." (05/16/17)


Secret new European copyright proposal spells disaster for free culture

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

"EFF has learned about a new proposal for European law that takes aim at online streaming services, but which will strike a serious blow to creators and their fans. The proposal, which would effectively ban online streaming services from hosting works under free licenses, could spell an end to services like the Luxembourg-based Jamendo that offers access to free music online, and raise new barriers to offering freely-licensed works on other streaming platforms. This is all part of Europe's proposed new Digital Single Market Directive, which is presently doing the rounds of the three European institutions (the European Commission, European Parliament, and Council of the European Union) that will have to reach agreement on its final text." (05/15/17)


Hungarian, Slovakian regimes take EU refugee quota scheme to court

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"Representatives of the two nations addressed the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Wednesday in a bid to dispute the EU's decision to distribute migrants throughout the bloc on a quota basis. Faced with hundreds of thousands of migrants sailing to Italian and Greek shores, the EU Council decided to lighten the load by distributing newcomers among the remaining members states. However, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic all voted against the move. Bratislava and Budapest decided to take the decision to court, disputing its legal basis." (05/10/17)


EU to launch more e-commerce antitrust extortion schemes

Source: Reuters

"The European Union plans to launch more antitrust investigations into e-commerce companies after a two-year inquiry uncovered practices that restrict competition, the European Commission said on Wednesday. In its report following the initial inquiry, the European Commission said there was an increased use of contractual restrictions to control product distribution, which could be in breach of EU antitrust rules." (05/10/17)


End leaks and secrecy — put Brexit talks on TV

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

"Conservative prime minister Theresa May says the UK government’s negotiating position with the EU has been 'misrepresented' by 'the bureaucrats of Brussels' and their media allies, who leaked details of private talks in an effort to interfere in the British General Election and undermine Brexit. May has also insisted she will not respond to 'Brussels gossip' by getting dragged into a tit-for-tat battle of the leaks. That sounds fair enough — but not far enough. What we need are not more leaks of secret UK-EU talks, but less secrecy altogether." (05/04/17)


Let's take the fight to the Brexit-blockers

Source: spiked
by Brendan O'Neill

"What does it mean to 'Stop Brexit?' Or 'prevent an extreme Brexit,' in the euphemistic phrase preferred by millionaire Brexit-basher Gina Miller and Tony Blair’s online army of Brexit blockers? In recent months, and even more intensively in the days since Theresa May called a snap election for June, the rallying cry of 'Stop Brexit' or 'Stop Hard Brexit' has become such a central feature of media and political chatter that we sometimes don’t stop to think about what it means. It’s time we did. Stopping Brexit means stopping democracy." (05/01/17)


EU executive sends "letter of formal notice" over new Hungarian education law

Source: Fox News

"The European Union has launched legal action against Hungary over a new higher education law that critics say is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. European Commission President Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday that the EU's executive arm has sent a 'letter of formal notice' to Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government." (04/26/17)


Greece: Regime, lenders seek deal as bailout talks resume in Athens

Source: Reuters

"Greece and its foreign creditors resume talks on Tuesday on reforms prescribed under the international bailout and further debt relief, aiming to reach a comprehensive deal before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on May 22. Talks over reforms in the energy and labor market and on pension cuts and income tax have dragged on for months mainly due to differences between EU lenders and the International Monetary Fund over fiscal targets. The leftist-led government and the lenders reached a deal this month in Malta on key elements of reforms worth 2 percent of gross domestic product which the country has agreed to legislate now but implement in 2019 and 2020." (04/25/17)