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Top EU official warns of misleading app developers

Just two weeks after suggesting the European Union is on the cusp of a digitally led economic bonanza, officials warned Thursday that web developers may be misleading consumers. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called a two-day meeting with European developers of mobile apps and is warning them that to advertise products as 'free' only to charge consumers later could undermine confidence in the industry.

EU justice chief attacks European "hypocrisy" on spying

By John O'Donnell BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Some EU countries that have criticized U.S. cyber surveillance are "hypocritical" as they themselves are failing to protect citizens' private information, the European Union's top justice official said on Tuesday. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding - a critic of the data gathering exposed by former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden - said she was seeking more legal assurances from Washington but urged European countries to improve their own behavior.

Britain wants change in rules on EU free movement

Britain wants to change rules on free movement across the EU as it braces for a possible influx of Bulgarians and Romanians, Home Secretary Theresa May told European ministers on Thursday. May, the interior minister, said in a speech to her counterparts in Brussels that free access to labour markets must not lead to "mass migration",according to the text of her address to the EU meeting. Accordingly, countries should be allowed to impose a cap on numbers if European immigration reaches "certain thresholds".

EU urges US legal redress to protect personal data

The European Union pressed US politicians Tuesday to give EU citizens the right to legal redress to protect their personal data, after US spying revelations soured ties with major allies. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told a delegation led by US Senator Christopher Murphy that their visit showed "we are talking and listening, not spying on each other."

EU demands protection against U.S. data surveillance

By John O'Donnell BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called on Tuesday for new protection for Europeans under United States' law against misuse of personal data, in an attempt to keep in check the U.S. surveillance revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

EU urges US legal redress to protect personal data

The EU pressed US politicians Tuesday to give EU citizens the right to legal redress to protect their personal data, after US spying revelations soured ties with major allies. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told a delegation led by US Senator Christopher Murphy that their visit showed "we are talking and listening, not spying on each other." She said she had made it "very clear" that the European Commission expects Washington to follow through on promises to give EU citizens not resident in the United States "enforceable rights" over their personal data.

EU Parliament back quota for women on boards; now moves to EU member states

BRUSSELS - The European Parliament has backed a proposal calling for a 40 per cent quota of women on company boards by 2020. The EU parliament approved the proposal by a 459-148 vote with 81 abstentions on Wednesday, but the toughest test will come when it goes to member states for further discussion as soon as next month. EU Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding called the resolution a "historic moment for gender equality in Europe." The Commission says that last year less than 15 per cent of board members at Europe's biggest companies were women.

Growing European backlash over spying threatens billions of dollars in US trade

BRUSSELS - The backlash in Europe over U.S. spying is threatening an agreement that generates tens of billions of dollars in trans-Atlantic business every year — and negotiations on another pact worth many times more.

US-EU trade talks at risk in spying furor

A senior EU official said Tuesday said it was urgent that Washington rebuilds trust with Europe, warning transatlantic trade talks were at risk after revelations Washington spied on EU leaders. Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission and EU justice commissioner, said the revelations had "shaken and damaged" the relationship, and left Europeans feeling that they "are not seen as partners, but as a threat."

EU official: 'urgent' to rebuild trust after US spying

A senior European official warned on Tuesday that it is "urgent and essential" that Washington take action to rebuild transatlantic ties after the revelation that it spied on European leaders. "Friends and partners do not spy on each other," said Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission and EU Justice Commissioner, in a Washington speech. pmh/dc
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