Google said that location history is turned off by default and users can edit, delete or pause it at any time, though switching it on helps improve services like predicted traffic on a commute home. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Google runs the risk of hefty fines from the European Union’s beefed-up data-protection watchdogs after consumer groups accused the search-engine gian(...)

 EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, from Denmark, speaks at a news conference on the concurrence case with Google Android at the European commission in Brussels.

Google has just received a record fine from the European Commission and been ordered to change the way in which it puts search and other apps on Andro(...)

Greenpeace activists hold up a banner outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, as Volkswagen drivers take their emissions scandal claims to the High Court. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Consumers hit by scandals such as emissions-test cheating by carmakers would get greater powers collectively to sue companies that violate their right(...)

Facebook and Twitter have only agreed to provide a dedicated e-mail address that national authorities can use to notify infringements

Facebook and Twitter have been rapped over the knuckles and face possible sanctions for failing to fully comply with changes sought by the European Co(...)

A number of smart watches aimed at children have been found to be prone to hacks. Photograph: iStock

A number of smart watches for children have been found to pose considerable security risks, according to a Norwegian consumer watchdog. The purpose (...)

The agreement  should finally bring an end to shock bills for consumers.

The end of a torturous road leading to the abolition of roaming charges across the EU came considerably closer early on Wednesday morning when a deal (...)

The European Commission has published proposed plans that will overhaul laws on the confidentiality and security of phone, email and messaging services. Photograph: iStock

New EU regulations to help protect consumers’ privacy should put strict limits on tracking and oblige providers to put strong privacy settings in plac(...)

Italian consumer advocacy group, is taking Volkswagen and Fiat to court over misleading fuel economy claims

Altroconsumo, an Italian consumer advocacy group, is taking Volkswagen and Fiat to court, alleging misleading fuel economy claims, and it’s encouragin(...)