Tech spats spark U.S. fears of 'digital protectionism'


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“You’re talking about Europe imposing its version of how the world should be on everyone else,” Castro said.

Instead of America imposing its version of how the world should be on everyone else.

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I understand Amazon concerns, but social media sites? Can someone explain to us about FaceBook and their concerns?

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If they want customers info, companies should just do what everybody else does - just pay some group to hack and steal personnel databases.

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“Our rules on a European level are relevant for everybody, for European producers and players, for Asian players, and for American players as well.”

Replace "European" with "Chinese" and imagine the reaction. "Information wants to be free" (not in terms of cost but availability) is what has built the Internet, and any attempt to alter this will render that region a backwater.

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Of course, the 'right to sue' the American government in American courts over American spying doesn't get one very far due to a classic catch22 situation, where you have to prove to a politically vulnerable judge that you not only have been spied on, but suffered damages from that spying in order to get the court to order the American government to produce the documents you need to prove that the spying took place in the first place, and to figure out what damages you suffered as a consequence. When it comes to 'security' the American court (and government) system is pretty much straight out of Kafkha, with a little bit of Orwell thrown in.

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The NSA will find other ways of getting the information they want.

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All I am hearing is "one step forward, two steps back."

Everyone in the world that uses Facebook needs to acknowledge that it's an American product, and your data will end up in America. Just as true, you can't come to Las Vegas from Europe (or anywhere) and expect to leave with all of your Euros. Not to mention you'll be recorded on security cameras every step you take.

If you participate in American social media and you don't understand the "buyer beware" mentality of the web, you're completely naïve.

Instead of bickering in courtrooms with expensive international lawyers, we should be placing responsibility of the people using the service. If you don't want your name all over the web, stop pasting your name all over the web.

You can't rewrite your academic history when you fail a class, and you can't take back what you said to your boss when you were black out drunk. Deal with it.

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“We have owned the Internet. Our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it in ways that (European firms) can’t compete,”

That doesn't really sound like he's willing to share. Yet I find it kind of ironic how he/they urge the EU to share their market. You think the US doesn't block foreign tech firms because of competition? Yeah, they make excuses like "protecting national security" to block companies like ZTE, even though it was revealed there were no such risk. All this while the US has stuff like the NSA fiasco, and a guy like Snowden who was so scared for his life he had to fly away to Russia. So in that regard, EU's "security" reasons against US tech companies are more legitimate, or at least, believable (even if it is truly just for commercial reasons).

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They forget how Europe made regional TV streaming possible. Ebay said they couldn't stop the sale of Nazi memorabilia in France. However the government proved that they could. Thus allowing the launch of BBC iplayer, Netflix and the like. As for privacy, yes American companies should follow European rules in Europe. The same vice versa. Imagine European companies like Spotify taking American users data and handing it to European governments. Americans would rightly be outraged.

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