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Obama Says He Is Unable to Pardon Edward Snowden
Outgoing US President Barack Obama has said that he cannot pardon 33-year-old former NSA contractor Edward Snowden currently in exile from US authorities in Russia. The statement came in response to mounting pressure from vocal advocates of Snowden, including prominent privacy groups, civil libertarians, and well known writers. While... Read more
Is Apple Held To A Higher Standard?
As tech companies go, Apple is certainly outside the norm. Its cash-on-hand balance notwithstanding–an amount that surpasses the GOP of quite a few countries–the company has managed to weather the storms over the years and survive in an industry where Silicon Valley startups come and go before the ink... Read more
EU Wants Free WI-FI For All By 2020
Free WIFI for everyone was just one of the major proposals from the European Commission annual State of the European Union address on Wednesday made by President Jean-Claude Juncker. The idea is to try and ensure that free Wi-Fi European Commission will be available across all public spaces throughout... Read more
EU Considers Relaxing Broadband Regulations For Telecom Companies
The EU may be considering slashing the regulations that Internet Service Providers have to abide by in order to increase the roll out of fibre optic networks across Europe. At present, any company that installs fixed line fibre broadband infrastructure is legally obliged to grant access to other broadband... Read more
Google Given More Time Over EU Antitrust Charges
Google given to September to respond over charges relating to its mobile OS Alphabet’s smaller Browser and Mobile subsidiary, Google, has been granted an extra six weeks to prepare its upcoming response to charges laid out by the European Union that it has abused its dominant position in the mobile... Read more
Web Giants Vow To Tackle Hate Speech In Social Media
Several of the web’s big players have released the news that they intend to deal with and remove hate speech posted online within 24 hours of it going live. The move supports a new code-of-conduct intended to limit the dissemination of online abuse via social media. The code was... Read more
EU Overhauls Data Protection Laws For Its 500,000,000 citizens
The European Parliament has voted and passed the biggest shake-up of data protection laws for 20 years. On Thursday the 14th April, the European parliament voted through some new legislation which centered on tougher rules for data protection for its citizens. The new laws are primarily concerned with increasing... Read more
France fines Google over ‘right to be forgotten’   
The French data protection authority, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL), has said it has fined Alphabet subsidiary, Google, €100,000 for failing to scrub search results widely enough to comply with an EU privacy ruling. The US based tech firm has been in a long running... Read more
EU Agrees New Cyber Rules For All Europe
Technology firms and those in charge of critical IT services will in future be legally mandated to report successful cyber-attacks under new rules being put forward by the European Parliament. The new rules are also set to establish effective minimum standards of cyber security for utility firms and financial... Read more
Belgian Court Gives Facebook 48 Hours To Stop Tracking Users Not On Facebook
Facebook given ultimatum to change or be fined €250k per day! On Monday, a Belgian court gave Facebook just 48 hours to stop tracking internet users who don’t have accounts with the social media giant. If they fail to comply, or choose to ignore the court order, Facebook could... Read more
EU votes against Net Neutrality For Its Citizens
The European Parliament voted NO to new rules that would protect and safeguard ‘Net Neutrality’ in the European Union. MEPs ended up voting against the amendments that had been tabled to preserve and protect the notion of ‘Net Neutrality. The outcome of the vote could have a massive impact on... Read more
[Readers Poll] Should Google Give People “The Right To Be Forgotten”?
As internet companies try to get the balance between privacy and freedom of information, Google has set up an online form for European citizens to request that links to obsolete information be removed. This is the first step in upholding an EU privacy ruling that gives people “the right... Read more
European Union Calls for micro USB Charging to be Mandatory in all Mobile Devices
The European Union is stirring towards a requirement for micro USB to be mandatory in all mobile devices going forward, thus clearly gunning for technology giant Apple.  While nearly ever mobile company has adopted micro USB as the default charging option on devices, this was not done without some... Read more