EU Investigation Puts Corporate Tax Evasion Under Scrutiny

Apple, Starbucks and Fiat have come under close scrutiny in an investigation by the European Commission over a possible loophole they believe the companies have been exploiting to slash their corporate taxes. The European Commission has launched tax investigations in various EU countries in the past, but this is the first time that specific multinational […]

Internet Wars: Google and EU Work to Reach Agreement Three Years in the Making

On Wednesday, February 5, the European Commission announced it had accepted terms proposed by Google to remedy problems concerning the marketing of online search results. Google was accused of overstepping boundaries, yet the talks between the EU and Google are said to have opened the way for an amicable solution. The 14 plaintiffs can be […]

Keeping Personal Information Private: Europe responds to NSA Overseas Surveillance

The United States NSA, National Security Agency, has not only been keeping track of business at home, but has expanded its network overseas. Recently, Europeans have discovered Prism, an information program put in place by the NSA to scan communications on various online websites, such as Google, Facebook, and Skype. These new revelations were reported […]

America’s “Patent Trolls” on the Move to Europe?

For today’s largest companies, especially those in the technology sector, patent wars are an increasingly prevalent and expensive reality. Many patent wars last many years and have an effect that has consequences across continents. Recently, patents have composed a major topic of discussion, as the European Parliament’s decision to propose a unified patent court system […]

CNiL Plans to Sue Google

Both French and European representatives on the National Commission on Information and Liberties (CNiL) are moving forward with plans to sue Google. The potential suit would concern Google’s failure to alter its newest privacy policy, which was implemented early last year. In January 2012, Google “unified the privacy policies of its services” into a single […]

French Prosecutors to Investigate US Surveillance Activities

The Paris prosecutor’s office revealed on Wednesday that it is running a preliminary investigation into complaints of criminal wrongdoing connected to the United States’ PRISM spying program. The inquiry—begun on July 16—is addressing allegations of fraudulent access to data systems, illegal collection of personal data, violation of privacy, and breach of confidentiality of correspondence, according […]

French, American Ad Giants to Merge

The merger of French and American agencies Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group will create the largest advertising firm in the world, with a combined 35.6% of market share. The move, confirmed on Sunday but long rumored, represents an enormous change in the marketing business, and has provoked intense reactions from all areas of the industry, […]

Fiscal Evasion a Large Topic of Discussion at EU Summit in Brussels

On Wednesday, May 22nd, Brussels hosted a summit for the leaders of the European Union (EU) states.  France, alongside the UK and Germany, lobbied for the four-hour session to include an in-depth discussion of tax loopholes and evasion within the Eurozone, alongside the scheduled talks on European energy policy ad infrastructure.  These talks were prompted […]

Google Reaches Advertising Agreement with French Press

After two months of tense negotiations, Google has finally reached an agreement with French press that will allow the French press to access Google’s advertising platforms at a reduced cost. Previously, the French press had been aiming to propose a law that would require search engines to pay royalties every time Google News cited French […]

French state claims €1 billion in taxes from Google

While the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, and the executive chairman of Google debated over the creation of a “Google tax”, the French direction générale des Impôts(the nation’s central governmental tax agency) sent a registered letter to Google last week asking for €1 billion in back taxes over its profits for the last four […]