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Europe tests cyber defences - EUbusiness Week 508


05-11-2010

EUbusiness Week 508 top stories: EU wants to give people power to vanish from internet; Austerity forces Europeans to step up defence links; EU battles to lock down radioactive waste forever; Europe taking phosphates out of wash in water clean-up; Fiat, Toyota 'years ahead' of EU emissions targets; Iceland rejects 'unrealistic' EU mackerel quota

This Week's Top Stories

1. EU wants to give people power to vanish from internet
2. Austerity forces Europeans to step up defence links
3. EU battles to lock down radioactive waste forever
4. Europe taking phosphates out of wash in water clean-up
5. Fiat, Toyota 'years ahead' of EU emissions targets
6. Iceland rejects 'unrealistic' EU mackerel quota

Publisher's Note

On Thursday, hackers tried to bring down critical Internet services in several European Member States.

It was only make-believe. But the exercise shows how seriously the threat of assaults on computer systems is now seen by Europe, the U.S. and NATO. At its worst, all major cross-country connections in Europe could be out of use.

The exercise should enhance EU understanding of how cyber incidents are handled, and improve communication links and procedures in case of a real large-scale incident. For Technology Commissioner Neelie Kroes it is a first step towards "working together to combat potential online threats to essential infrastructure and ensuring citizens and businesses feel safe and secure online".
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU wants to give people power to vanish from internet

Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has called for new rules to give citizens more control of their online personal data, with the "right to be forgotten" from Facebook or Google.
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2. Austerity forces Europeans to step up defence links

A major Franco-British defence cooperation deal highlights efforts in Europe to share military capabilities at a time of biting budget cuts, but visions of a European army remain a distant dream.
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3. EU battles to lock down radioactive waste forever

Europe offered new plans Wednesday to lock away forever lethal radioactive waste, but the proposals attacking inadequate disposal facilities drew harsh rebuke from environmentalists.
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4. Europe taking phosphates out of wash in water clean-up

Europe took steps Thursday to ban phosphates from laundry detergents in little over a year, in a bid to clean up its rivers, lakes and marine waters.
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5. Fiat, Toyota 'years ahead' of EU emissions targets

Italian and Japanese car giants Fiat and Toyota are bang on course to smash through European Union carbon emissions targets years ahead of schedule, new analysis showed Thursday.
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6. Iceland rejects 'unrealistic' EU mackerel quota

Iceland has rejected a mackerel quota proposed by the European Union and Norway, saying it was unrealistic and would not solve the fishing spat in the north Atlantic.
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