European Union Antitrust Commissioner Joaquin Almunia’s deal to resolve a three-year-old dispute with Google Inc. was criticized by two EU officials at a meeting today, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Data-protection proposals pronounced dead in the personal blog of Google Inc.’s top privacy official may be resurrected after the European Union’s justice chief said negotiators pledged to pursue a deal this year.
Riots flared up again in Ukraine’s capital as the interior minister said peaceful efforts to end the two-month-old unrest were useless and the opposition reported another death before heading into new talks.
Ukrainian bond yields jumped to a level last seen before the nation won a $15 billion bailout last month from Russia as the European Union warned that anti- government protests could escalate into a civil war.
U.S.-based technology firms Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and other non-European companies that offer services in the European Union must abide by its overhauled data-protection rules, according to the bloc’s justice chief.
The U.S. must tighten its privacy rules or risk harming relations with the European Union, the EU’s justice chief said in the wake of a scandal over reports America hacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.