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Google, Facebook at Center of EU Clash Over Cyber-Attack Law

Google Inc.'s London Campus, in London, U.K.

Google Inc.'s London Campus, in London, U.K.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are caught in the middle of a clash between European Union lawmakers on whether the U.S. technology giants should be covered by rules forcing companies to report cyber attacks to government agencies in the 28-nation bloc.

While the European Commission wants search engines and social networks included in a revamped law on network and information security, some lawmakers favor a more streamlined approach focusing on critical infrastructure such as banks and power stations.