French watchdog slaps Google with $57 million fine under new EU law

France’s data privacy watchdog has fined Google 50 million euros ($57 million), the first penalty for a U.S. tech giant under new European data privacy rules that took effect last year. The National Data Protection Commission said Monday it fined the U.S. internet giant for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent” […]

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Hungary’s new slave law risks first general strike since fall of communism

Since re-entering office in 2010, Orban has frequently sought to wrest control of previously independent institutions; curbing judicial independence, restricting news media freedom and plurality and attacking academic organizations. Last year, the European Parliament voted to bring disciplinary proceedings against Hungary for putting the rule of law at risk. “The protests matter to Hungary, and […]

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Amazon, Facebook, Google, Others Warn Australia Against Law to Break Encryption

Digital giants led by Google, Facebook and Amazon have warned Australia against passing a “fundamentally flawed” law allowing security services to spy on encrypted communications among suspected criminals and terrorists. In a submission sent to parliament this week and made available to AFP Thursday, the Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI) said the legislation proposed by […]

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