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Internet Giants Not Doing Enough to Take Down Illegal Content: EU

Internet giants like Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter are not taking down illegal content from their websites fast enough, the European Union executive said on Tuesday after meeting with the companies. Several European governments have increased pressure on social media companies to do more to remove illegal content – from incitement to hatred and racism to extremist material to counterfeit products being sold online – and ... Read More »

Facebook Dealt Setback by EU Court Adviser in Privacy Dispute

Facebook was dealt a setback on Tuesday when an adviser to the top European Union court said any data protection authority in the bloc had the power to take action against it for breaching privacy laws. Facebook has its European headquarters in Ireland and has argued that only the Irish data protection authority has the power to police it for its processing of ... Read More »

EU regulators clamp down on social media searches on job applicants

EU regulators want to prevent employers from screening jobseekers by looking at their social media profiles © FT montage Employers who check a job candidate’s Facebook or Twitter profile before deciding whether to hire them may be in breach of European law, top regulators have said, as the EU tightens its data protection policies. According to guidelines published by EU ... Read More »

EU Aims for Tougher Scrutiny of Silicon Valley Data-Heavy Deals

EU Aims for Tougher Scrutiny of Silicon Valley Data-Heavy Deals The European Union may include purchase prices in the criteria used to trigger its antitrust probes, aiming to catch more data-heavy transactions in serious merger reviews in another warning shot to Silicon Valley. The European Commission said Friday the EU’s revenue-based rules mean some deals can currently avoid scrutiny when ... Read More »

Facebook told to stop exploiting WhatsApp data during EU probe

  European privacy watchdogs don’t shy away from targeting big US technology firms, as previous probes into Facebook, Alphabet Inc.’s Google or Microsoft Corp. have shown. Photo: AFP Paris/Luxembourg: European Union (EU) privacy chiefs said Facebook Inc. must stop processing user data from its WhatsApp messaging service while they are investigating the privacy policy changes the company announced in August. ... Read More »

EU Privacy Watchdogs Warn WhatsApp on Privacy Policy, Yahoo on Breach

HIGHLIGHTS EU sent letters to WhatsApp and Yahoo Said they had concerns about WhatsApp’s recent change in privacy policy Asked Yahoo to communicate all aspects of the data breach European privacy watchdogs said on Friday they had sent letters to WhatsApp over its sharing of information with parent company Facebook and Yahoo over a 2014 data breach and its scanning ... Read More »

Microsoft Seeks EU Approval for $26 Billion LinkedIn Acquisition

Microsoft sought EU antitrust approval on Friday for its $26 billion bid for social network LinkedIn, a spokesman said on Friday, kicking off a month-long review by regulators of its largest deal. “We filed today,” company spokesman Robin Koch said. He said the European Commission has set a November 22 deadline to examine the case. The EUcompetition authority can either clear ... Read More »

EU Telecom Regulators Take Strict View of Net Neutrality Rules

EU Telecom Regulators Take Strict View of Net Neutrality Rules HIGHLIGHTS The guidelines on net neutrality were welcomed by internet activists The European Union adopted its first-ever net neutrality law last year Specialised services over dedicated network capacity will be offered EU regulators on Tuesday adopted a strict interpretation of rules limiting how telecoms firms like Vodafone and Orange can ... Read More »

EU Mulls Stricter Controls on WhatsApp, Skype

The European Union will in September propose subjecting internet services like WhatsApp and Skype to similar rules as traditional telecommunications companies, a spokesman said Wednesday. The European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation bloc, is set to recommend tighter privacy and security for services like Facebook-owned message service WhatsApp and Microsoft’s video phone portal Skype. Spokesman Christian Wigand said ... Read More »

EU Mulls Stricter Controls on WhatsApp, Skype

The European Union will in September propose subjecting internet services like WhatsApp and Skype to similar rules as traditional telecommunications companies, a spokesman said Wednesday. The European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation bloc, is set to recommend tighter privacy and security for services like Facebook-owned message service WhatsApp and Microsoft’s video phone portal Skype. Spokesman Christian Wigand said ... Read More »