February 1, 2010

EU and Google on Collision Course? [3:15 pm]

Europe Looms as Major Battleground for Google [pdf]

Google has a problem in China. Is it headed for a bigger one in Europe?

So far, no one has accused European governments of cyberattacks like those that Google says it has suffered in China. But on issues ranging from privacy to copyright protection to the dominance of Google’s Internet search engine, clashes with European lawmakers, regulators and consumer advocates are escalating.

The stakes are high — potentially higher for Google and its shareholders than anything that happens in China. For nowhere else in the world is Google as powerful and as potentially vulnerable as in Europe. [...]

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