Peter SayerParis Bureau Chief, IDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation, and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

Report: DOJ nears deal with tech firms on staff poaching

The U.S. Department of Justice is nearing a settlement with technology vendors including Apple, Google and others over an investigation of their hiring practices.

Google Street View cars back too soon, says French watchdog

Google has resumed collection of Street View image data in France, annoying the French data protection registrar which is still investigating the service.

Facebook faces fine from German privacy regulator

Facebook faces a fine from a German privacy regulator for failing to obtain the consent of the people whose contact details it stores.

Google's Chrome passes Safari in U.S. browser share

Google Chrome is now the third-most-popular browser in the U.S., behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox, but ahead of Apple's Safari for the first time, Web analytics firm StatCounter says.

Google Street View Wi-Fi data included passwords and e-mail

Wi-Fi traffic intercepted by Google's Street View cars included passwords and e-mail, according to the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL).

Google Street View faces investigation in France and Italy

Data protection authorities in France and Italy will investigate Google's Street View service, following the company's admission that it recorded Wi-Fi traffic