Europe’s parliament says it won’t use facial recognition, in response to leaked memo

The European Parliament has clarified that it won’t use facial recognition technology, responding to the leak of an internal memo suggesting it could be used for “biometric-based security and services to members,” according to The Guardian. The page has been removed from the parliament’s “digital transformation programme,” and a spokesperson said there “is no project of facial […]

Indian ride-hailing firm Ola will launch in London, where Uber faces the loss of its license

Indian ride-hailing firm Ola will launch in London, where Uber faces the loss of its license

The Indian ride-hailing firm Ola will launch in London this February, after transit authorities revoked Uber’s license to operate in the city last year, according to Business Insider.  The service launched in other UK cities in 2018, and was granted a 15-month license to operate in London last July.  To gain a foothold in the UK’s […]

UK will allow Huawei to build 5G networks, but with key restrictions

UK will allow Huawei to build 5G networks, but with key restrictions

The UK has announced that it will allow Huawei to develop certain elements of the nation’s 5G network, rejecting calls from US officials to ban the Chinese firm entirely, according to BBC News.  However, the company’s participation will come with restrictions. Huawei will be prevented from working on certain sensitive, or “core” elements of the […]

Facial recognition cameras will be deployed throughout London, according to police

London’s Metropolitan Police have announced plans to deploy live facial recognition cameras across the city, according to The Guardian, to detect individuals on watchlists “for serious and violent offences.” The Met says the technology will go into use next month, and will be deployed in popular locations for shopping and tourism.  While facial recognition has been met […]

Apple is fighting calls from EU lawmakers to eliminate its Lightning charger

Apple is challenging proposals by members of the European Parliament to force the company to adopt a standard, universal charger for mobile devices to replace its proprietary Lightning cable, according to Business Insider. Lawmakers argue that forcing consumers to rely on the Apple-exclusive Lightning cable generates a massive amount of electronic waste, by rendering other cables obsolete. […]

Despite threats of US retaliation, the UK will tax tech giants, with support from Europe’s digital policy chief

The UK will move forward with its plan to tax multinational digital firms, despite retaliatory threats from US officials, chancellor Sajid Javid said at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this week, according to The Guardian. “We plan to go ahead with our digital services tax in April,” he said. “It is a proportionate tax, and […]

Most requests for cookie consent don’t comply with EU rules, new research suggests

Most consent requests for digital cookies to track users’ web activity do not comply with Europe’s data collection regulations, according to new research, detailed in a report from TechCrunch.   The findings echo another study published in August, which also suggested that consent notices routinely fail to offer the meaningful choice required by EU law—which states that […]

Facebook and eBay take steps to combat fake product reviews, after warning from UK competition authority

Facebook and eBay have agreed to combat fake reviews on their platforms in response to pressure from the UK’s Competition and Market Authority (CMA), according to TechCrunch.  In June, the CMA said it had found evidence of a “thriving marketplace for fake and misleading online reviews” on the platforms. It found over 100 eBay listings […]

Google will abandon Dutch and Irish tax loopholes, as rules shift on both sides of the Atlantic

Google says it will no longer use the controversial “Double Irish, Dutch sandwich” tax scheme, a set of loopholes that have allowed it to pay a single-digit tax rate on profits made outside the US, according to Reuters.  In the widely used tax strategy, companies first transfer funds from an Irish subsidiary to a Dutch holding company, […]

Russia has tested a controlled, domestic alternative to the global internet

Russia’s Ministry of Communications says it has successfully tested a domestic alternative to the global internet, according to BBC News.  While providing few details, the ministry said that Russian internet users did not notice any changes during a test run in which the domestic internet replaced global access.  President Vladimir Putin framed the move as a […]