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18 Apr 2019 | 4:36 PM

EU unfair practices digital rules put spotlight on Google, Amazon, Facebook

Google and Amazon will have to tell companies how they rank products on their platforms while Facebook and other tech firms will have to be more transparent about their terms and conditions under new EU rules approved on April 17.

The new rules, which will cover 7,000 online companies, target e-commerce market places, app stores, social media and price comparison tools. — Reuters
18 Apr 2019 | 4:08 PM

EU parliament votes to fine Internet firms for not removing extremist content quickly

The European parliament voted on April 17 to fine firms like Facebook, Google and Twitter up to 4 percent of their turnover if they persistently fail to remove extremist content within one hour of being asked to do so by authorities.

The building of the European Parliament, designed by Architecture-Studio architects, is seen in Strasbourg, France. The parliament voted 308 to 204 with 70 abstentions to back the proposal to tackle the misuse of Internet hosting services for "terrorist purposes". — Reuters
16 Apr 2019 | 5:27 PM

Europe 'wounded' by Notre-Dame fire, EU pledges help

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - The devastation of Paris's Notre Dame cathedral is blow to all Europe and all Europe will contribute to its rebuilding, leaders of the European Union declared on Tuesday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

15 Apr 2019 | 5:10 PM

EU approves tougher EU copyright rules in blow to Google, Facebook

Google will have to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook filter out protected content under new copyright rules aimed at ensuring fair compensation for the European Union's US$1tril (RM4.12tril) creative industries.

Under the new rules, Google and other online platforms will have to sign licensing agreements with musicians, performers, authors, news publishers and journalists to use their work online. — Reuters
15 Apr 2019 | 12:59 PM

EU copyright revamp targeting Google, Facebook set for approval on April 15

EU countries are set to agree an overhaul of the bloc's two-decade old copyright rules next week, requiring Google to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook to filter out protected content, despite increasing opposition from some governments.

The new rules would force Google and other online platforms to sign licensing agreements with musicians, performers, authors, news publishers and journalists to use their work online. — Reuters
12 Apr 2019 | 12:00 PM

Apple in Dutch antitrust spotlight for allegedly promoting own apps

Apple, already the subject of EU antitrust scrutiny, on April 11 became the target of a Dutch investigation for allegedly favouring its own apps on its popular App Store.

10 Apr 2019 | 1:33 PM

Telco lobby urges EU lawmakers to spurn push for WiFi car standard

Telecoms lobbying group GSMA stepped up pressure on April 9 on EU lawmakers to reject a European Commission push for a wifi-based standard for cars, saying that it was an old technology that would not reduce road accidents.

The critique from GSMA, whose members include Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Vodafone and AT&T, came ahead of a make-or-break vote at the European Parliament next week. — Reuters
9 Apr 2019 | 6:54 PM

Facebook to clearly explain how it uses consumer data: EU

Facebook has bowed to pressure from the European Commission and consumer authorities by revising its terms, making it clear what it does with users' data and taking responsibility when data has been mishandled by third parties.

The European Commission said the changes in comprehensive and plain language mean users will now see how Facebook uses their data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance itself. — Reuters
9 Apr 2019 | 5:36 PM

Key EU lawmaking committee votes against EU WiFi-based car standard

A key committee of EU lawmakers on April 8 rejected a European Commission push for a WiFi-based technology for cars, backing critics who support the alternative 5G standard.

The Commission’s preference for the WiFi-based ITS-G5 would give Volkswagen and Renault an edge over Daimler, Ford and PSA Group which endorse the rival 5G standard C-V2X. — Reuters
9 Apr 2019 | 11:57 AM

AI must be accountable, EU says as it sets ethical guidelines

Companies working with artificial intelligence need to install accountability mechanisms to prevent its being misused, the European Commission said on April 8, under new ethical guidelines for a technology open to abuse.

The EU executive last year enlisted the help of 52 experts from academia, industry bodies and companies including Google, SAP, Santander and Bayer to help it draft the principles. — Reuters