Policy & legislation

EU approves Google's takeover of Fitbit
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Policy & legislation

EU approves Google's takeover of Fitbit

Deal hinged on Google agreeing to exclude EU customer data from advertising
18 Dec 2020
Google accused of colluding with Facebook over advertising auctions
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Data & insights

Google accused of colluding with Facebook over advertising auctions

The deal was designed to "kill competition" within the market, a multi-state lawsuit claims
17 Dec 2020
Trump considers clemency for Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht
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Policy & legislation

Trump considers clemency for Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht

Ulbricht was originally given life without parole
16 Dec 2020
Facebook will move UK users' data to the US post-Brexit
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Facebook will move UK users' data to the US post-Brexit

The move raises concerns as the US has much weaker data protection laws than across the EU
16 Dec 2020
AWS slams Microsoft's "politically corrupt" JEDI win in new complaint
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cloud computing

AWS slams Microsoft's "politically corrupt" JEDI win in new complaint

The cloud giant is pushing for a re-evaluation of the "errors that remain unaddressed"
16 Dec 2020
FTC launches widespread investigation into tech companies' practices
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Policy & legislation

FTC launches widespread investigation into tech companies' practices

Commission votes 4-1 on a sweeping foray into advertising, privacy, and content moderation
15 Dec 2020
Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules

Firm chastised over its handling of a 2018 flaw that made private tweets accessible to the public
15 Dec 2020
California files to join DOJ antitrust suit against Google
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Policy & legislation

California files to join DOJ antitrust suit against Google

State AG is the 12th to accuse the search giant of anti-competitive practices
14 Dec 2020
What is a circular economy?
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Policy & legislation

What is a circular economy?

Climate change and dwindling resources mean we need to create new models of consumption
14 Dec 2020
EU watchdog urges AI policymakers to protect fundamental rights
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artificial intelligence (AI)

EU watchdog urges AI policymakers to protect fundamental rights

Regulator calls for more guidance over the use of AI as it is "made by people" and therefore not "infallible"
14 Dec 2020
US telcos ordered to 'rip and replace' Huawei equipment
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Policy & legislation

US telcos ordered to 'rip and replace' Huawei equipment

The FCC has begun the process of revoking China Telecom’s authorisation to operate in the United States
11 Dec 2020
Amazon and Google fined £122m for "insufficient" cookie consent
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privacy

Amazon and Google fined £122m for "insufficient" cookie consent

The CNIL gives both firms three-month ultimatum to make changes or face further daily fines
10 Dec 2020
US lawsuits could force Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp
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Policy & legislation

US lawsuits could force Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp

The social network accuses the FTC of having "no regard for settled law" in bid to break the company up
10 Dec 2020
Cloudflare and Apple launch privacy-focused DNS protocol
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Domain Name System (DNS)

Cloudflare and Apple launch privacy-focused DNS protocol

Oblivious DNS-over-HTTPS safeguards users' browsing habits from third parties
9 Dec 2020
UK gov could block Facebook plans for end-to-end encryption
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encryption

UK gov could block Facebook plans for end-to-end encryption

Privacy groups warn the Home Office to not "facilitate crime by making personal security harder"
9 Dec 2020
Trump's TikTok ban hits another roadblock
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social media

Trump's TikTok ban hits another roadblock

A second judge has blocked Trump's proposed TikTok shutdown
9 Dec 2020
CMA proposes 'Digital Markets Unit' to regulate tech giants
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Policy & legislation

CMA proposes 'Digital Markets Unit' to regulate tech giants

The DMU will work with powerful tech firms to ensure they comply with any new competition rules
8 Dec 2020
A guide to cyber security certification and training
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Careers & training

A guide to cyber security certification and training

Cyber security is in demand from every organisation, but what training and certification is needed?
8 Dec 2020
Justice Department sues Facebook for discriminating against US workers
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Policy & legislation

Justice Department sues Facebook for discriminating against US workers

Social media giant is also in hot water over its virtual reality business
7 Dec 2020
Google removes IAC Chrome extensions over 'deceptive' practices
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web browser

Google removes IAC Chrome extensions over 'deceptive' practices

IAC says Google has used its dominant position to "reduce our browser business to the last small corner of the internet"
7 Dec 2020
Is this the beginning of the end for Google?
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Policy & legislation

Is this the beginning of the end for Google?

Google faces a major lawsuit for allegedly breaking competition laws, but what effect it will have on the search giant – if any – remains in doubt
6 Dec 2020
Biden team signals president-elect may target Section 230 and data privacy
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Policy & legislation

Biden team signals president-elect may target Section 230 and data privacy

Political change signals trouble for online platforms
4 Dec 2020
Foreign Office appoints Joe White as US tech envoy
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startups

Foreign Office appoints Joe White as US tech envoy

White will also take on the dual responsibility of UK Consul-General to San Francisco
4 Dec 2020
The IT Pro Podcast: Supercharging healthcare with data
The IT Pro Podcast: Supercharging healthcare with data
Data & insights

The IT Pro Podcast: Supercharging healthcare with data

How a robust data strategy can transform community health and medicine
4 Dec 2020