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July 15, 2020 1:20 PM

AI rules needed more than ever, says top EU official

“I’m often asked if all the benefits that digital solutions have brought us during the crisis have changed the Commission’s digital policy — have we been too critical of tech companies, too careful and too bureaucratic when it comes to digital technologies?” European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager said during the European AI Forum. “My answer to this is that our objectives are more relevant than ever.”

July 14, 2020 1:18 PM

Commission to ‘analyse necessity’ of GDPR infringement procedures

The European Commission will consider the necessity of introducing infringement procedures against Member States that fail to comply with the EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR), the Commission’s Justice Chief Didier Reynders has warned.

July 8, 2020 1:57 PM

Facebook’s Decisions Were ‘Setbacks for Civil Rights,’ Audit Finds

An independent audit faulted the social network for allowing hate speech and disinformation to thrive — potentially posing a threat to the November elections.

July 7, 2020 1:56 PM

Facebook and Google clashes with Beijing

Several social media platforms have announced a change in their policies – mostly halting the data sharing requests from authorities in Hong Kong – as a response to the new national security law. Furthermore, Chinese-owned TikTok announced yesterday that it will shut down all operations in Hong Kong.

July 3, 2020 1:54 PM

The president of the French data protection authority warns against excessive surveillance

In the time of the Covid-19 pandemic surveillance technologies seem to flourish.

July 2, 2020 12:17 PM

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter to face same EU rules on hateful content as broadcasters

Facebook, Alphabet-owned YouTube, Twitter and other social media will for the first time be subject to EU broadcasting rules on hate speech and harmful content under European Commission guidelines announced on 2nd July.

July 2, 2020 10:36 AM

Digital tyranny switches into a higher gear

In a blog post, Hungarian political scientist Tamás Lánczi shared his thoughts on Facebook and the future of digital freedom of expression.

June 28, 2020 10:34 AM

Why Trump’s administration is going after the GDPR

The Trump administration is ramping up attacks on the GDPR, saying it protects online scammers and fraudsters at a time of exploding cybercrime linked to the coronavirus pandemic. High-ranking U.S. officials expressed concerns about the GDPR's restrictive implications for public safety and law enforcement, as well as the issue of divergent interpretations of the law.

June 25, 2020 1:34 PM

Google to start paying some news publishers for content

Google says it will start paying some publishers for their news content, in a move that could pave the way for reduced tensions between the internet search giant and the beleaguered news industry. The company plans to launch this year a licensing program to pay publishers for “high-quality content.”

June 24, 2020 1:23 PM

Here's a running list of companies boycotting Facebook

Numerous businesses are pausing their advertising campaigns on Facebook (FB) and Instagram