Policy & legislation

Airbnb glitch exposed hosts' personal data
data breaches

Airbnb glitch exposed hosts' personal data

The company has blamed a "technical issue" for the leak that saw hosts' data made available to others
28 Sep 2020
Uber wins license to operate in London after ‘plugging IT gaps’
Policy & legislation

Uber wins license to operate in London after ‘plugging IT gaps’

The ride-hailing firm was previously in trouble for failings in the way it manages and releases software updates
28 Sep 2020
Huawei chip supplier SMIC hit by US restrictions
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Policy & legislation

Huawei chip supplier SMIC hit by US restrictions

The Trump administration’s decision marks the latest development in the rocky US-China trade relations
28 Sep 2020
Spotify and Epic take on Apple’s 30% ‘App Tax’
Mobile

Spotify and Epic take on Apple’s 30% ‘App Tax’

The Coalition for App Fairness demands changes to the iPhone maker's 'anti-competitive practices'
25 Sep 2020
6.5TB of Microsoft Bing user data potentially leaked online
The mobile app for Microsoft's Bing search engine
data protection

6.5TB of Microsoft Bing user data potentially leaked online

A server containing user data was left unprotected in the first week of September, researchers say
24 Sep 2020
UK gov under pressure to block Nvidia's Arm takeover
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mergers and acquisitions

UK gov under pressure to block Nvidia's Arm takeover

Arm co-founder Hermann Hauser calls for deal to be scrapped and proposes merger with Graphcore instead
22 Sep 2020
EU seeks new regulatory powers against big tech firms
Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton
Policy & legislation

EU seeks new regulatory powers against big tech firms

Powers could include the ability to exclude large tech companies from the single market altogether
21 Sep 2020
US TikTok and WeChat ban begins on Sunday
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Policy & legislation

US TikTok and WeChat ban begins on Sunday

Apps will be removed from app stores, but U.S. users won’t be penalized for use of either app
18 Sep 2020
FTC may file an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook
Policy & legislation

FTC may file an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook

Sources claim the FTC’s probe concerns Facebook’s past acquisitions
16 Sep 2020
Uber claims it makes London "safer" in TfL licence battle
Policy & legislation

Uber claims it makes London "safer" in TfL licence battle

The ride-hailing service says it has improved systems to verify drivers' insurance documents and identification
16 Sep 2020
What is Article 13 and Article 11?
European Parliament - What Is Article 13? What is Article 11?
Policy & legislation

What is Article 13 and Article 11?

Everything you need to know about the controversial copyright directive
14 Sep 2020
Zenhua data leak contained Boris Johnson's personal data
data governance

Zenhua data leak contained Boris Johnson's personal data

Information on the prime minister has been collected by a Shenzen firm with alleged links to the Chinese Communist Party
14 Sep 2020
Trump won’t extend TikTok sale deadline
social media

Trump won’t extend TikTok sale deadline

ByteDance must divest its TikTok US operations before the September 20 deadline
11 Sep 2020
UK signs 'historic' data deal with Japan
data controller

UK signs 'historic' data deal with Japan

The provisional agreement contains digital and data provisions that go far beyond the deal signed between Japan and the EU, gov claims
11 Sep 2020
Portland, Ore. passes a law banning facial-recognition technology
Policy & legislation

Portland, Ore. passes a law banning facial-recognition technology

Ordinances prohibit public and private use of facial-recognition technology
10 Sep 2020
ByteDance negotiating with the US to avoid TikTok sale
Policy & legislation

ByteDance negotiating with the US to avoid TikTok sale

Tightened export restrictions in China leaves ByteDance considering other options
10 Sep 2020
Irish data watchdog orders Facebook to halt EU user data transfers to the US
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data controller

Irish data watchdog orders Facebook to halt EU user data transfers to the US

Nick Clegg suggests cancelling its transfer mechanism could cause chaos for businesses and the global economy
10 Sep 2020
How businesses were left to scramble over data collection for coronavirus contact tracing
data protection

How businesses were left to scramble over data collection for coronavirus contact tracing

The lack of sufficient advice has opened the door for third-party tech firms to normalise massive-scale data harvesting
9 Sep 2020
Republican senators introduce legislation targeting Section 230
Policy & legislation

Republican senators introduce legislation targeting Section 230

Bill looks to clarify Section 230’s intent and increase social media companies’ accountability for moderating user content
9 Sep 2020
China to launch global data security initiative
Policy & legislation

China to launch global data security initiative

Data security initiative aims to curb activities that “infringe upon personal information”
8 Sep 2020
Federation of small businesses says tech vouchers needed to survive Brexit transition
SMB

Federation of small businesses says tech vouchers needed to survive Brexit transition

SMBs need financial support to help them with expertise, new technology, and training, group argues
8 Sep 2020
EU says tech firms should pay fair taxes after "winning" during COVID
Policy & legislation

EU says tech firms should pay fair taxes after "winning" during COVID

European Commission calls for a global solution to taxing the digital giants
7 Sep 2020
How well does your supermarket know you, Mr. Blair?
data protection

How well does your supermarket know you, Mr. Blair?

Contributing solutions might be more helpful than making inaccurate comparisons
4 Sep 2020