Sorry, silicon valley. europe won’t be any easier in 2017 – cnet

For US tech giants, Europe is often the first stop when growing their businesses internationally — no surprise given the huge market opportunities the bloc presents. Amsterdam university of applied sciences But that doesn’t mean the voyage across the Atlantic is always smooth sailing. Amsterdamstay Not only are there local laws and regulations to deal with, but there’s the European Union to think about too. Amsterdam trams Slow, sprawling and strict, it can be a tough nut to crack.

Silicon Valley companies like Facebook and Google provide services Europeans love to use, but consumers in Europe also have specific regional needs, such as protection from hate speech that gives rise to anti-immigrant, antirefugee sentiment. Muzy q amsterdam There’s also the need to ensure that Europeans’ personal data doesn’t become easy prey for the prying eyes of the US National Security Agency.

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re seeing even the most established tech companies grappling with the political, economic and regulatory realities of doing business in Europe. Amsterdam vodka calories These issues could alter the way they provide services to Europeans in 2017 and beyond. Amsterdam easyjet Google vs. Amsterdam red light district map the EU

The EU’s Competition Commission takes a dim view of business practices that don’t benefit consumers. Amsterdam ziggo dome Big tech companies, Google in particular, bear the brunt of this.

Google and the European Commission have been at loggerheads on and off for years over various competition issues. Amsterdam 14 day forecast There are three ongoing cases: Google prioritizing its own shopping results in search; another involving its advertising practices within search; and the last one focused on its Android software that runs mobile devices.

The Android complaint dates back to April. Amsterdam sex museum The Commission is concerned that consumers will automatically use Google’s built-in apps, rather than explore other options. Amsterdams garden Google argues that Android’s openness actually means more choice for consumers and that alternative apps can easily be downloaded.

“The Commission’s approach would upset this balance, and send an unintended signal favouring closed over open platforms,” Google General Counsel Kent Walker said in a blog post.

The EU said it would carefully consider Google’s response. Amsterdam to london This means we can expect to see more action in this regulatory game of chess in 2017. Amsterdam n y weather Whether all three of these cases will wrap up over the next year is unclear, but the EU doesn’t exactly have a reputation for speed. Amsterdams news Brexit

Will the UK actually get around to leaving the EU? Nobody knows, not even the politicians. Amsterdams climate But one thing’s for sure: Silicon Valley’s best and brightest certainly aren’t jumping ship.

After the UK voted to leave the European Union in June, many predicted the end of the London tech scene. Amsterdam hotels cheap There was much discussion around the potential for a “brain drain” as talented employees leave the country to continue working within the EU.

Following the referendum, however, Amazon said it would hire 3,500 people across multiple departments in the UK within the next year. N h amsterdam Google and Facebook also pledged to increase their UK presence in 2017.

Much is still up in the air when it comes to understanding the short- and long-term impact of Brexit on the UK and European tech scenes. Amsterdam river But Brits hoping to score themselves a job with a Silicon Valley giant in 2017 might be in luck. Amsterdam alcohol Uber and Airbnb

The aggressive expansion of Silicon Valley’s two best-known “sharing-economy” companies, Uber and Airbnb, has them running into regulatory hurdles.

Uber is trying to persuade Europe’s highest court that it’s a software company and not a taxi service. Amsterdam country The results of that case could affect Uber’s ability to roll out its service, forcing the firm to comply with European taxi laws and curtail its expansion into adjacent areas, like food delivery.

Airbnb bowed to pressure this month from regulators to limit the number of nights per year hosts could rent out properties in London and Amsterdam. Amsterdam apartments It was the first time the company has made such a concession, having previously argued that it couldn’t be responsible for policing listings on a city-by-city basis. Amsterdam imagine dragons It operates in 34,000 cities around the world.

Uber has been well received by customers in Europe, but the local taxi drivers haven’t all been so welcoming. Amsterdam weather in june Photo by Jaap Arriens/Getty Images

Until now, local rules in Amsterdam and London prevented hosts from renting their properties for more than 60 and 90 nights per year, respectively, but the cities haven’t had any way of enforcing the regulations. Amsterdam map With Airbnb’s cooperation, this is set to change.

The company is seeking to reduce regulatory problems by creating more deals that would let cities collect rental taxes, such as the deal it already has in San Francisco. Amsterdam windmills Privacy and data sharing

Companies like Facebook and Google have users all over Europe, but their data is still transferred back to data centers in the US rather than stored locally on the continent. Amsterdam family practice The Edward Snowden revelations showed that the NSA’s mass surveillance activities have taken advantage of this data.

In July, the Privacy Shield agreement was introduced to replace the Safe Harbor agreement, which had governed data transfers between Europe and the States. Amsterdams accent The EU ruled that Safe Harbor was illegal in 2015. Amsterdam canals Unlike Safe Harbor, Privacy Shield supposedly prevents indiscriminate mass surveillance of data by the US government, but some activists claim the privacy of European citizens is still being jeopardized.

A legal challenge against Privacy Shield has already been filed in a European Court, which many privacy activists believe will result in the agreement being annulled, just like Safe Harbor. Joods historisch museum amsterdam Without a deal in place, US companies would be legally obligated to store all European customer data in Europe. Amsterdam weather In theory this would mean extra protection for European tech users against the US government’s prying eyes. Amsterdam express Hate speech

In the middle of 2015, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance observed a dramatic increase in online hate speech, which it attributed to “conflicts in the Middle East, acts of Islamist violence in Europe and incidents of unprecedented mass arrivals of migrants.”

Europe has seen a rise in fascism and hate speech. Amsterdam 7s Here, 300-400 right-wing activists, including neo-Nazis, march in Berlin. Amsterdam hall gwu The demonstration took place this past November. Amsterdam pass Photo by Markus Heine/Getty Images

In May, the European Commission joined with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft to launch a code of conduct to banish illegal hate speech from their respective platforms. Amsterdam is in what country The companies pledged to pull down hate speech within 24 hours of it being posted and to promote counternarratives.

This week, the Commission published its first evaluation, showing that 28 percent of all notifications of alleged illegal online hate speech led to the removal of the flagged content. Amsterdam express full movie But it took up to two days to review 43 percent of the notifications.

Roger, Ben and Iyaz wrap up their coverage of CES 2017 by messing with a flying camera and then telling the world what they loved most at the biggest electronics show in the world. Amsterdam river cruises by Iyaz Akhtar