Europe Continues Focus on U.S. Tech Companies

U.S. tech companies weathered a regulatory backlash in Europe last year that brought to a head a cultural divide over privacy rights and the free market. Those frictions show no sign of easing in 2015, with key regulatory decisions that could deter Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and others from aggressively releasing new products and deprive them of access to data they have spent years trying to monetize.