US fines Facebook $5bn over Cambridge Analytica, as Europe steps up data enforcement

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted last week to issue a $5 billion (€4.46 billion) fine against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which they claim that Facebook violated a prior agreement to not misuse consumer data. The move comes as European authorities levy increasingly large fines against companies over their handling of […]

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. […]

UK authorities fine Marriott £99 million over data breach

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 […]

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 […]

Italy fines Facebook €1 million over Cambridge Analytica violations

Italy has issued a €1 million fine against Facebook for violations of its online privacy laws with last year’s Cambridge Analytica revelations, according to Tech Crunch.  In March of 2018, it was revealed that personal data had been collected from 87 million Facebook users, mostly without their permission or knowledge, by the political consulting firm Cambridge […]

EU to investigate Broadcom for antitrust violations

The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into leading US chipmaker Broadcom, saying they’ve used exclusivity agreements and other measures to suppress competition, according to The Verge.  The commission has also put interim measures in place banning exclusivity agreements during the investigation, “to avoid any risk of serious and irreparable harm to competition,” the commission’s competition […]

Facebook says its platform wasn’t used to manipulate the Brexit vote

Facebook’s head of global affairs said Monday there is “absolutely no evidence” that the social network was manipulated by outside interests to affect the outcome of Britain’s Brexit referendum. Nick Clegg, who is also a former deputy UK prime minister, said two extensive data analyses had shown no interference in the months ahead of the […]

Beyond Britain, Huawei makes inroads across Europe

After months of heated debate, Theresa May and her ministers have finally made a decision on how much of Britain’s new 5G network they are willing to entrust to Chinese multinational Huawei. In response to warnings from officials like defence minister Gavin Williamson, May’s National Security Council decided Huawei could participate in “non-core” aspects of […]

Net neutrality: France is world champion

Arcep (independent French agency in charge of regulating telecommunications in France) has launched the app, Wehe. It evaluates if an internet provider respects net neutrality. After the first series of analysis, France is far ahead with positive results.   Net neutrality (or network neutrality) is a principle of digital governance. All internet content must have […]

Minority Report is real : we can now foresee crime

1956: That was the year the book “Minority Report” was written by Philip K. Dick. 2019: That’s when it will become a reality. With the National Data Analytics Solution, welcome to the age of preventing crime before it happens. Maybe.     Preventing crime   “Minority Report” is a novel written by Sci-Fi author Philip K. Dick. […]