European Commission will introduce “right to repair” legislation

The European Commission has announced it will introduce a law mandating “right to repair” for electronics, aiming to cut down on waste by promoting products that can be repaired instead of replaced, according to Engadget.  If the legislation were to be passed, the rules would apply to phones, tablets, and computers, and would force manufacturers to […]

Airbnb and other rental platforms agree to share data with European Commission

Airbnb and other rental platforms agree to share data with European Commission

The European Union has reached a data-sharing agreement with Airbnb and other short-term vacation rental platforms, offering new avenues to track their impact on local housing markets, according to TechCrunch. The commission says the “landmark agreement” will “allow public authorities to better understand the development of the collaborative economy and support evidence-based policies.”  The agreement includes […]

Amazon has removed one million product listings with false claims to protect from coronavirus

Amazon has removed one million product listings with false claims to protect from coronavirus

Amazon has removed one million product listings from its platform for making false claims to protect from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to Reuters. They also removed tens of thousands of listings that were price gouging for products like protective masks.  Italy, which is fighting its own outbreak of the virus, launched […]

Facebook halts election reminders in the EU, in response to concerns from regulators

Facebook has paused its election notification feature, after a key European privacy regulator raised privacy concerns, according to TechCrunch.  The social media platform offers an “Election Day Reminder” notification designed to increase voter turnout. A study by the company in 2012 conducted with the University of California at San Diego showed the notifications brought 340,000 additional […]

UK study finds 5G networks pose no health risks from radiation

The UK’s first tests of radiation at 5G base stations has shown levels reaching only a tiny fraction of safe limits, according to BBC News. New tests by the UK communications regulator OfCom found that the highest levels reached just 0.039% of recommended limits, set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). “Non-Ionizing” refers […]

Report shows Airbnb is crowding out long-term housing in the UK

Airbnb’s short-term rentals are exacerbating a housing shortage and crowding out local communities, according to a report from The Guardian.  The Guardian cross-referenced a database of Airbnb listings with government housing data. While the database included shared rooms, private rooms, and entire homes, 67 percent of the listings were for whole apartments. In some areas, the analysis found […]

Digital policy chief says AI and industrial data offer Europe a “second chance” at tech leadership

Europe’s digital policy chief Margrethe Vestager says Europe has a “second chance” to compete with tech sectors in the US and China, by using artificial intelligence (AI) to leverage big data from Europe’s largest companies, according to Politico.  “One of the reasons why we don’t have a Facebook and we don’t have a Tencent is that […]

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook should accept some state regulation on content

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the platform should accept some form of state regulation, speaking at the Munich Security Conference this week, according to The Guardian.  He said that as a content provider, Facebook’s role falls somewhere between that of a newspaper and a telephone company, and noted that online content should subject to the kind of […]

US competition authority demands details on acquisitions by Google, Facebook, and other tech giants

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered five major tech companies to provide details on acquisitions of smaller companies over the past ten years, according to The Guardian. Information on the purpose and scope of the acquisitions will help inform antitrust investigations into the five companies, which include Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. While the […]

France fines Apple €25m, for slowing performance on older iPhones

French regulators have issued a €25 million fine against Apple, for slowing the performance of older iPhone without notifying users—the result of a probe that began in 2018, according to Tech Crunch.  Apple will also be required to display a notice on its website for a month, informing users that regulators had found it had carried […]