American Senator Accuses Europe of Disguising Tech InterestsAdded: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
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In the never-ending tussle between US tech giants and European governments over privacy, a Democratic senator claimed that Europe uses antitrust cases to disguise its own technology interests.
Virginia’s senator Mark Warner questioned the former EU digital commissioner Neelie Kroes at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, wondering about the motives behind the European plans for pan-European data privacy rules. Kroes is known for leading the EU’s high-profile case against many US tech giants, including Microsoft, during her decade-long tenure at the European Commission. By the way, Microsoft was fined a total of $1.8bn for anticompetitive practices at the time.
Kroes responded that she strongly believed in competition and was therefore pursuing the monopolists. In the meantime, the EU launched an antitrust case against Google, and the tech giant had to enlist EU and US politicians and officials to lobby on its behalf.
The US senator admitted that the regulation had created a business environment allowing innovative new sharing economy companies to develop. The only problem was that the regulation in question should be collaborative in matters concerning security, privacy or other issues.
As for Kroes, she said that it was imperative that the European Union protected labor rights in the face of gig economy companies. In response, senator Warner pointed to southern Virginia, a state where an economy was traditionally built on such products as tobacco, textiles and furniture, bringing it as an example of a community that needed to share in the rewards of the rapidly developing tech industry.
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