EU: Mundt says Facebook data is an antitrust issue

EU: Mundt says Facebook data is an antitrust issue

If Facebook’s terms and conditions on data access are not in line with data protection and privacy rules, that should be an issue for competition agencies to deal with, the head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said. While the EU legislators urge action, Zuckerberg’s business is already under antitrust scrutiny in Germany. The Federal […]

EU: Mammoth new data-protection law comes into effect

EU: Mammoth new data-protection law comes into effect

Global Data Protection Rules (GDPR) will be applicable in Europe from May 25, 2018, and businesses, if not compliant, will see hefty penalties. Protection of consumer data is an oft-spoken subject the world over, and Europe will soon become the first to enforce regulation with regard to it. The regulation was passed in April 2016, […]

US: Senators ask FTC to investigate Google’s Location tracking

US: Senators ask FTC to investigate Google’s Location tracking

Two US senators have asked the nation’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take another look at Google’s location harvesting. Democrat Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey fired off their request-that-can’t-be-ignored late last week, asking the FTC to “open an investigation into the potential deceptive acts and practices used by Google to track and commoditize American […]

EU: Zuckerberg to meet with EU Parliament over use of data

EU: Zuckerberg to meet with EU Parliament over use of data

  Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the EU Parliament in person to answer questions about Facebook’s use of data, reported the New York Times. The hearing will “hopefully” take place as early as next week, according to Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament. EU politicians are set to grill Facebook’s chief executive regarding […]

Australia: ACCC investigating Google over user data

Australia: ACCC investigating Google over user data

Google is being investigated by the Australian competition regulator for allegedly spying on Android phone users and having them pay for the privilege, according to a report by The Guardian.The watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), is looking into claims by tech company Oracle that Android devices send to Google information on searches, […]

Italy: Regulator fines Whatsapp €3m for data sharing

Italy: Regulator fines Whatsapp €3m for data sharing

Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority (AGCM) announced on Friday, May 4, it was imposing a €3 million (USD3.6 million) fine on messaging service Whatsapp for allegedly obliging users to agree to sharing their personal data with its parent company Facebook. All 28 European Union data protection authorities asked Whatsapp in 2017 to stop sharing users’ […]

EU: New privacy rules to aid Google, Facebook?

EU: New privacy rules to aid Google, Facebook?

As tech corporations around the world face mounting pressure from regulatory bodies and consumers seeking more control over their online privacy, new regulation from the European Union could actually serve to strengthen America’s most powerful data-driven advertising businesses, especially in relation to smaller ad tech companies with less-known brands or that don’t have relationships with […]

UK: Artificial intelligence data should be regulated Lords say

UK: Artificial intelligence data should be regulated Lords say

Regulators should review the “potential monopolization of data” by US technology giants in the UK that could hamper homegrown development of artificial intelligence (AI), a report published today by the upper House of the UK parliament said. “The main ways to address these kinds of biases are to ensure that developers are drawn from diverse […]

Australia: Telcos seek clarity about government’s new data access rules

Australia: Telcos seek clarity about government’s new data access rules

Telecommunications industry body Communications Alliance has asked the government to release details of its plan to legislate a “Consumer Data Right”. Assistant Minister for cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, revealed that the government would introduce legislation giving individual consumers the right to access data that service providers hold about them. The government said that […]

EU-US: Privacy Shield data pact is working but needs improvement, says EC

EU-US: Privacy Shield data pact is working but needs improvement, says EC

After one year of operation, the EU-US data transfer deal Privacy Shield is “working well” but has a lot of “room for improvement”, says the European Commission. More than 2,400 companies are signed up to the voluntary agreement that safeguards the privacy rights of Europeans when their data is transferred to the US. The deal […]