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EU copyright directive nearing final form as Google tests stripped-down news SERPs

The final language of the EU Copyright Directive will reportedly be released next week. The directive seeks to “harmonize” copyright law across Europe. However there are two provisions (Articles 11 & 13) that are highly problematic and have caused free-speech advocates and many online publishers grave concern: Article 11 would require Google, Bing and other …

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Google may be headed for victory in EU right-to-be-forgotten indexing appeal

Google appears poised to win an appeal of a 2015 decision of French privacy watchdog decision that data to be removed from Google’s EU index under the “right to be forgotten” (RTBF) could not remain in Google’s index anywhere. The case has global significance. Global delisting demanded by France. The Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des …

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Report: EU antitrust unit exploring broader local search complaint against Google

The European Commission is asking local search competitors in Europe whether Google’s algorithm changes and other practices are hurting them, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters. If the answer is “yes,” the EC could bring what would be the fourth antitrust action against Google. Two of those cases have yielded nearly $8 billion in …

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Google’s EU shopping comparison rivals say their situation is getting worse

Roughly a month ago European Commission (EC) competition chief Margrethe Vestager said that Google’s efforts in shopping search were making progress and that the company would likely be able to avoid additional antitrust penalties. However in a new open letter to Vestager, EU shopping comparison rivals argue that things are actually getting worse for them. …

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EU Commission Ruling and 20% Lower CPCs for Google Shopping

This post is shared with you from Stefan Stopper, Account Strategist at Smarter Ecommerce (@smec), and speaker at Hero Conf London. In June 2017, the EU Commission sentenced Google to pay a fine of 2.4 billion euros. Now, up to 5% of Google’s daily revenue is at stake if they fail to make their Google …

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GDPR complaints stack up across the EU as regulators prepare to issue fines

It’s almost five months since Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. Although the initial buzz around the sweeping legislation has died down, we’ve seen momentum in the United States toward stricter state data privacy laws such as California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as well as possible federal legislation. More laws, mean more tools. …

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Google appeals record $5 billion EU antitrust Android fine

Earlier today Google filed an appeal of the European Commission’s (EC’s) record €4.3 billion (roughly $5 billion) antitrust fine. The fine was imposed in July because of Google Play app pre-install requirements. Claim is that Google tying apps to Android. The EC saw the practice of requiring handset makers to pre-install certain Google apps as “an …

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