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Privacy startup OneTrust reaches $1.3 billion valuation, offering tools for GDPR compliance

A privacy startup that helps companies navigate the complexities of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) reached a $1.3 billion (€1.16 billion) valuation in its first round of funding, an achievement rivaled by few other tech startups, according to Forbes.  It’s rare to reach $1 billion in a first round of funding, but after raising $200 […]

France will establish new military space command

France will establish new military space command

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the creation of a new space command within the Air Force, to help the nation better protect its satellites and other space assets, according to BBC News. The new command will officially be created in September. Macron announced the move on Saturday, speaking to military personnel, saying: “We will strengthen […]

France approves new tax on multinational tech giants

France approves new tax on multinational tech giants

French lawmakers have voted to approve a new tax on digital services, aimed primarily at large international tech giants based in the US, according to BBC News. A 3 percent tax on sales by large multinational tech companies was passed by the French senate Thursday, after it was approved by the lower house a week earlier. […]

Amazon to work with the UK’s NHS to help Alexa answer medical questions

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is collaborating with Amazon to provide health advice through the company’s Alexa virtual assistants, according to Business Insider.  UK citizens will be able to ask Alexa questions like “How do I treat a migraine?” or “What are the symptoms of the flu?” and receive professional recommendations directly from the […]

UK authorities fine Marriott £99 million over data breach

The UK’s data protection authority is issuing a £99 million fine against US hotel company Marriott, over a data breach that exposed personal information from over 330 million guests, according to BBC News.  Marriott reported the incident last year, although it dates back to 2014. Hackers breached the central reservation database of Starwood, a rival hotel group […]

UK mobile carriers are working with Huawei to build 5G networks, despite security fears

The controversial Chinese tech giant Huawei is working with the UK’s four largest mobile carriers to develop the nation’s next-generation 5G cell networks, despite accusations from US officials that the company could pose a security threat, The Guardian reported Saturday.  The move could spark tension between the UK and the US, which is taking a […]

France votes to fine social media companies that fail to remove hate speech

French legislators voted Thursday to impose a hefty fine on social media companies that fail to remove hate speech from their platform, according to The Verge. The measure was approved by the lower house of the French Parliament, and will need the support of the upper chamber to become law.  It would allow companies like Facebook […]

EU votes against Wi-Fi for connected cars, opening door to 5G

European Union member states voted Thursday against an effort to mandate the use of Wi-Fi for internet connected cars, according to Reuters. The move clears a path to use 5G for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, which allows cars to send information to nearby vehicles and infrastructure. It’s a key step toward fully autonomous driving as well as […]

UK regulators call for ban on financial products linked to cryptocurrency

UK financial regulators are proposing a ban on financial instruments linked to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, saying they’re “ill-suited” for small investors due to their “extreme volatility” and other risks, The Guardian reported Wednesday. The ban would prohibit trading platforms from selling, marketing, or distributing derivatives and other instruments linked to “unregulated transferable cryptoassets” such as bitcoin.  The ban […]

Google to connect Africa to Europe with state-of-the-art undersea internet cable

Google has unveiled plans to build a powerful new undersea internet cable from Europe to Africa, according to Business Insider. Set to be completed by 2021, the company’s “Equiano” cable will offer 20 times the network capacity of the most powerful cable currently in use for Africa. It will use state-of-the-art infrastructure to bring high-speed, and […]