EU Digital Czar Warns U.S. Tech Firms on Privacy

Europe’s digital czar Günther Oettinger fired off a broadside at Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., warning that the U.S. technology giants are exploiting legal loopholes in Europe to vacuum up and sell individuals’ personal data. In an unusually hard-hitting speech, Mr. Oettinger, Germany’s powerful representative to the European Commission, the European Union’s Brussels-based executive arm, said Europe should counter the dominance of U.S. Internet giants by creating a single set of EU-wide rules governing issues such as data protection and copyright.