As you must have heard by now, the European Union voted to break up the search giant Google. The vote wasn’t directed at Google explicitly, but the vote was symbolic, and implicitly aimed at the company. The NYT had an interesting take here:
European fears of American technology giants have been stoked in the last 18 months by the revelations of Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, about American intelligence agencies’ spying activities and perceived easy access to the world’s tech infrastructure. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany publicly complained when it was discovered last year that her cellphone had most likely been tapped by American intelligence.
If this is true, that is a clear case of government spying negatively affecting business, as MIT Tech Review pointed out a while ago.
The NYT also points out that this vote is non-binding, because it’s at the EU. If the European Commission, which is the executive arm of the EU, this could spell more trouble for Google in Europe.