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Big Tech's bad week in Europe signals more problems in 2018

New privacy rules going into effect in 2018 will give regulators in each European country more authority to mete out punishment

"There is rising pressure in the US to treat Big Tech more aggressively, but it is unclear if that effort will have success." Michael Carrier, co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law in New Jersey

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova in September branded Facebook's social network "a highway for hatred" and revealed how she deleted her own account on the social network. And on Wednesday the EU's top court ruled Uber must be regulated as a transportation service.

THE past 36 hours have reinforced Europe's role as the toughest cop of American tech giants.

With a flurry of announcements, regulators across the continent signalled continued scrutiny of Silicon Valley in the year ahead. The European Union's top court on Wednesday ruled Uber...