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What Happens Next with Europe’s New Regulation of Big Tech

Less than three months after being sworn into office, the cabinet of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen released on Wednesday ambitious plans for the E.U. to regulate Big Tech going forward, specifically when it comes to artificial intelligence, internet “platforms” and data usage. While the proposals still have a way to go before becoming European law, they sent an unmistakable message to Silicon Valley, the U.S. and China—Europe matters, and can make your life difficult… a...
Tags: Europe, News, Washington, France, China, Uncategorized, Tech, Eu, European Union, Beijing, Ideas, European Commission, Silicon Valley, Brussels, European Court Of Justice, Donald Trump


Are APIs Putting Financial Data At Risk?

We live in a world where billions of login credentials have been stolen, enabling the brute-force cyberattacks known as "credential stuffing", reports CSO Online. And it's being made easier by APIs: New data from security and content delivery company Akamai shows that one in every five attempts to gain unauthorized access to user accounts is now done through application programming interfaces (APIs) instead of user-facing login pages. According to a report released today, between December 2017 a...
Tags: Tech, Eu, Akamai


Apple may let people pick alternative default apps on the iPhone, marking a radical change of philosophy

Apple is reportedly considering giving iPhone users a degree of flexibility over their default apps. Bloomberg reported that iPhone users could potentially pick alternatives to the Safari mobile browser and Mail email app as their default services. It would be a radical change for a company that has always tightly controlled the iPhone experience. Currently, Apple treats its own apps as the default in a number of ways: for example, when someone opens a web link sent to them on an iPhone, it au...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, US, Trends, Siri, Eu, Bloomberg, Safari, Pandora, Louisiana, App Store, Safari Apple, Spotify Apple, OS Apple, App Store Business Insider


Google's $2.1 billion Fitbit acquisition is a major privacy risk, Europe data body warns

Google said it would acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion in November 2019. But regulators might put the acquisition on ice over privacy concerns. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which advises the European Commission on data protection law, says it's worried about the massive tech firm accumulating yet more personal data. Google is already under investigation by the EU for how it collects user data, and the US Department of Justice is separately investigating the Fitbit acquisition. Visi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, UK, US, Trends, Eu, European Commission, Fitbit, Department Of Justice, Brexit, Board, US Department of Justice, EU Google, TechCrunch Google, European Data Protection Board EDPB


Hey, Brits. Your Google data is leaving the EU before you are: Hoard to be shipped from Ireland to US next month

Relax, you won't feel a thing Google's UK users will see their data shifted to a US-based data controller from the end of next month with the ad giant blaming Brexit for the move.…
Tags: Google, UK, US, Eu, Software, Ireland


Daily Crunch: Twitter threads are getting easier

Twitter is rolling out a “continue thread” button, ViacomCBS has big plans for its streaming service and Morgan Stanley acquires E-Trade. Here’s your Daily Crunch for February 20, 2020. 1. Twitter adds a button so you can thread your shower thoughts Twitter is adding a new feature for mobile users to make it easier to link dispersed tweets together. Per 9to5Mac, the feature — which Twitter tweeted about yesterday — is slowly rolling out to its iOS app. (At the time of writing we spotted it in...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Mobile, Twitter, Europe, Nsa, Tech, Eu, Star Trek, United Kingdom, Cbs, Fitbit, Morgan Stanley, Robinhood, Cbs All Access


EU privacy body warns of privacy risks in Google, Fitbit deal

Alphabet Inc-owned Google's $2.1 billion bid for fitness trackers company Fitbit could pose privacy risks, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) warned on Thursday, adding its voice to other critics of the deal.
Tags: Google, Money, Eu, businessNews, Alphabet Inc, European Data Protection Board EDPB


Google's decision to shift control of UK user data to the US looks like a calculated political bet that Brexit will be a privacy disaster

Reuters reported Wednesday that Google is planning to ship its UK user data from its European headquarters in Ireland to the US. The move was prompted by uncertainty surrounding the UK's data laws after Brexit. Experts told Business Insider the problem boils down to whether the UK can obtain an "adequacy agreement" with the EU which would guarantee that EU citizens' data would be protected with the same rigor as under GDPR. Although originally the UK said it would adhere to GDPR standards, Goo...
Tags: Google, Europe, Usa, UK, China, US, NFL, Trends, Tech, Eu, European Union, Britain, Ireland, Silicon Valley, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump


Google gobbling Fitbit is a major privacy risk, warns EU data protection advisor

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has intervened to raise concerns about Google’s plan to scoop up the health and activity data of millions of Fitbit users — at a time when the company is under intense scrutiny over how extensively it tracks people online and for antitrust concerns. Google confirmed its plan to acquire Fitbit last November, saying it would pay $7.35 per share for the wearable maker in an all-cash deal that valued Fitbit, and therefore the activity, health, sleep an...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Tech, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Fitbit, DPC, European Economic Area, European Data Protection Board EDPB, EDPB, Irish Data Protection Commission DPC


UK Google users could lose EU GDPR data protections

Brexit prompts tech firm to move data and user accounts of British users from EU to USGoogle is to move the data and user accounts of its British users from the EU to the US, placing them outside the strong privacy protections offered by European regulators.The shift, prompted by Britain’s exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions not covered by Europe’s world-leading General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore with less protection and within...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, Technology, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Data Protection, Gdpr


Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report

The lead European Union privacy regulator for most of big tech has put out its annual report which shows another major bump in complaints filed under the bloc’s updated data protection framework, underlining the ongoing appetite EU citizens have for applying their rights. But what the report doesn’t show is any firm enforcement of EU data protection rules vis-a-vis big tech. The report leans heavily on stats to illustrate the volume of work piling up on desks in Dublin. But it’s light on deci...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, France, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Commission, Dublin, Cnil, Dixon, DPC, CJEU, Data Protection Commission, Helen Dixon


Google Users In UK To Lose EU Data Protection: Reuters

Sources told Reuters that Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead. From the report: The shift, prompted by Britain's exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement. The change was described to Reuters by three people familiar with its plans. Google intends to require its Br...
Tags: Google, UK, Tech, Eu, European Union, Britain, Ireland, Reuters, EU Data Protection, General Data Protection Regulation Google


Google users in UK will soon lose EU data protection: Report

Post-Brexit, Google plans to move UK user accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, and will place them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, where privacy protections are weaker, reports Joseph Menn at Reuters. Excerpt: The shift, prompted by Britain’s exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement. The change was described to Reuters by three people familiar with i...
Tags: Google, Europe, Post, UK, Technology, News, Privacy, Tech, Eu, European Union, Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Brexit, Reuters, Joseph Menn


Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.
Tags: Google, UK, Money, Eu, European Union, businessNews


EU wants to create a single market for European data

The European Union has unveiled plans to create a single market for all EU data that would help the bloc build startups that can compete with Silicon Valley giants. This “European data space” would allow businesses, researchers, and public administrations to unlock unused data so that it flows freely across the whole of the EU. The data would be available to every citizen and organization in the bloc. The EU wants to first establish a regulatory framework for data governance that offers incentiv...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Politics, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, Neural


EU plans new rules for AI but experts seek more detail

Campaigners had hoped details of a crackdown on facial recognition would be published.
Tags: Tech, Eu


Europe Takes on China, US With Plan To Regulate Global Tech

U.S. and Chinese firms hoping to deploy artificial intelligence and other technology in Europe will have to submit to a slew of new rules and tests, under a set of plans unveiled by the European Union to boost the bloc's digital economy. From a report: The legislative plans, outlined on Wednesday by the European Commission, the bloc's executive body, are designed to help Europe compete with the U.S. and China's technological power while still championing EU rights. The move is the latest attempt...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, China, Tech, Eu, European Union, Commission, Brussels, China US, Thierry Breton, Digital Services Act, Europe European Industry


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Mark Zuckerberg struggled to curry favor with the EU this week, with skeptical lawmakers questioning Facebook's dominance and the spread of coronavirus misinformation. One MEP who met with Zuckerberg said Facebook undermined officials' ability to govern. Elon Musk criticized an artificial intelligence company he helped found — and said his confidence in the safety of its AI is 'not high.' OpenAI is racing to be the first to b...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, China, India, Trends, Eu, Greenpeace, Jeff Bezos, Delhi, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Steven Levy, Bezos


OnePlus 7T OxygenOS 10.3.1 update brings January Android security patch, Jio VoWiFi support and more

OnePlus has finally started rolling out OxygenOS 10.3.1 [India] / 10.0.8 [EU and Global] update for the OnePlus 7T users that brings January Android security patch, VoWiFi support for Jio users Shelf and lots more. This update was rolled out for OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 last week. The update is about 234MB in size. As usual, OnePlus said that the OTA will have a staged rollout to limited number of users today randomly and will have a broader rollout in a few days after ma...
Tags: Android, News, India, Eu, Blogging, Ram, Oneplus, Ota, Network India Only Integrated, Jio Sim Cloud Service, OnePlus 7T OxygenOS 10.3.1


Facebook asks for a moat of regulations it already meets

It’s suspiciously convenient that Facebook already fulfills most of the regulatory requirements it’s asking governments to lay on the rest of the tech industry. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Brussels lobbying the European Union’s regulators as they form new laws to govern artificial intelligence, content moderation and more. But if they follow Facebook’s suggestions, they might reinforce the social network’s power rather than keep it in check by hamstringing companies with fewer resource...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Isis, Advertising Tech, Government, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Al Qaeda


Daily Crunch: HQ Trivia is dead

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. HQ Trivia shuts down after acquisition falls through HQ Trivia is dead. On Valentine’s Day, the company laid off its full team of 25. The company had a deal in the works to be acquired, but the buyer pulled out and the investors aren’t willing to fund it any longer, according to a statement from CEO and c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Budget, Media, India, Samsung, Tech, Eu, Oyo, Google Station, Ben Tarnoff, HQ Trivia


Facebook pushes EU for dilute and fuzzy Internet content rules

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Europe this week — attending a security conference in Germany over the weekend where he spoke about the kind of regulation he’d like applied to his platform ahead of a slate of planned meetings with digital heavyweights at the European Commission. “I do think that there should be regulation on harmful content,” said Zuckerberg during a Q&A session at the Munich Security Conference, per Reuters, making a pitch for bespoke regulation. He went on to sugg...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Germany, Russia, US, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Brussels, Sundar Pichai, Zuckerberg, Vera Jourova, Facebook Facebook


Russian intelligence agents have reportedly gone to Ireland to inspect undersea cables, reigniting fears they could cut them and take entire countries offline

Russian agents have been sent to Ireland to inspect its undersea cables, sparking fears they could be tapped or cut in the future, according to The Sunday Times, citing Irish police. Irish security services suspect Russia's intelligence agency, the GRU, is using their country as a base to gather intelligence on targets in the EU and UK, The Sunday Times reported. The large number of tech companies that are based in Dublin could be another reason for Russia's suspected monitoring, an expert on ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, Microsoft, California, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, Fbi, West, Ireland, Moscow, Gru, Cia


Russian intelligence agents reportedly went to Ireland to inspect undersea cables, and it's reigniting fears they could cut them and take entire countries offline

Russian agents have been sent to Ireland to inspect its undersea cables, and it's sparking fears they could be tapped or cut in the future, according to The Sunday Times citing Irish police. Irish security services suspect that Russia's intelligence agency, the GRU, is using their country as a base to gather intelligence on targets in the EU and UK, The Sunday Times reported. The large number of tech companies that are based in Dublin could be another reason for Russia's suspected monitoring, ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, Microsoft, California, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, Fbi, West, Ireland, The Times, Moscow, Gru


Russian intelligence agents went to Ireland to inspect undersea cables, reigniting fears they could cut them and take entire countries offline

Russian agents have been sent to Ireland to inspect its undersea cables, sparking fears they could be tapped or cut in the future, according to The Sunday Times, citing Irish police. Irish security services suspect Russia's intelligence agency, the GRU, is using their country as a base to gather intelligence on targets in the EU and UK, The Sunday Times reported. The large number of tech companies that are based in Dublin could be another reason for Russia's suspected monitoring, an expert on ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, Microsoft, California, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, Fbi, West, Ireland, Moscow, Gru, Cia


Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

The EU’s digital and competition chief has said that automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, as the technology fails to meet the regulation’s requirement for consent. Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s executive vice president for digital affairs, told reporters that “as it stands right now, GDPR would say ‘don’t use it’, because you cannot get consent,” EURACTIV revealed today. GDPR classes information on a person’s facial features as biometric data, which is labeled as “sensitiv...
Tags: Security, Startups, Europe, Politics, Tech, Eu, Artificial Intelligence, European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, Neural


Redmi 8 MIUI Software Update Tracker [Update: MIUI 11.0.6.0 Update with January Android security patch]

Xiaomi launched the Redmi 8 smartphone in India running MIUI 10.3 Global Stable on top of Android 9.0 (Pie). Xiaomi doesn’t follow any fixed update frequency for the MIUI Global Stable ROM but on average, the Global Stable ROM is updated once in a month. This post will help our readers in keeping track of MIUI updates for Redmi 8 (codename ‘olivein’), also check out our Redmi 8 content, Redmi 8 Unboxing and First Impressions Redmi 8 Review [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="305122,3...
Tags: India, Eu, Blogging, Xiaomi, Redmi, MIUI, Pie Xiaomi, Update Tracker, Redmi 8 Android 10, Redmi 8 MIUI 11, Redmi 8 MIUI updates, PCNINXM


OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 OxygenOS 10.3.1 update brings January Android security patch, Jio VoWiFi support and more

OnePlus has finally started rolling out OxygenOS 10.3.1 [India] / 10.0.7 [EU and Global] for the OnePlus 7T Pro and OxygenOS 10.3.1 [India] / 10.0.4 [EU and Global] for the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 smartphones that bring January Android security patch, VoWiFi support for Jio users, Cricket scores card in Shelf and lots more. As usual, OnePlus said that the OTA will have a staged rollout to limited number of users today randomly and will have a broader rollout in a few days after making s...
Tags: Android, News, Eu, Blogging, Ram, Oneplus, Ota, OnePlus 7 OxygenOS 10.3.1, OnePlus 7 Pro OxygenOS 10.3.1, OnePlus 7T Pro OxygenOS 10.3.1, Network India Only Integrated, Jio Sim Cloud Service


EU Judge Raises Prospect of Increasing Multibillion Fine Against Google

Alphabet's appeal against a multibillion-dollar fine for alleged anticompetitive behavior by its Google unit risks backfiring after a European Union court floated the prospect of increasing the fine (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), rather than scrapping it. The Wall Street Journal reports: In a surprise twist Friday at the end of a three-day hearing, one of five judges on the panel said the EU's General Court has the power to increase the $2.6 billion fine, levied in 2017, if it ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Basf, Eu, European Union, Wall Street Journal, Christopher Thomas, EU s General Court, Colm Mac Eochaidh, Mac Eochaidh, European Court of Justice Read


An EU judge told Google it's landed on Monopoly's 'Go to Jail' square and reportedly threatened to increase its $2.6 billion antitrust fine

An EU judge has just slammed Google, saying that it's landed on "Go to Jail, do not pass go" in Monopoly terms. According to Politico, Judge Colm Mac Eochaidh said: "It is perfectly apparent that [Google] promoted [its] own and demoted others." Google is currently contesting a €2.4 billion ($2.6 billion) fine first imposed by the EU in June 2017, with the EU claiming Google had abused its dominance over other shopping comparison services. A Wall Street Journal reporter also tweeted midday Frid...
Tags: Google, Trends, Eu, Wall Street Journal, Valentina Pop, Thomas Graf, Colm Mac Eochaidh, Eochaidh, Politico Judge Colm Mac Eochaidh, Pop Eochaidh



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