Mobile phone users in the European Union will be able to avoid extra fees while travelling throughout the bloc in future. The European Parliament approved an end to loathed roaming charges by 2017 - and adopted rules to ensure open internet access.
The US telecom regulator voted to undo net neutrality rules that force internet service providers to apply the same standards to all data they transmit. Companies will be able to decide how consumers access the internet.
Charging European online shoppers different amounts depending on their location is set to become much more difficult in the EU. But streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are exempt from the decision.
Berlin has vowed to back an "open and free internet" following a US decision to repeal net neutrality rules. But some experts say the US move could open the floodgates to a multi-speed internet in Europe.
The internet giant has once again landed in hot water with an EU country over privacy violations. A court in Belgium says Facebook's gathering of data goes too far in "tracking online behavior."
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