• May 18, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Facebook hit with fines and investigations in six EU countries over privacy law breaches




Three EU countries – Belgium, France, and the Netherlands – have determined that Facebook is breaking their privacy laws, while Germany and Spain are still investigating the US company. The news was announced in a joint statement from the Contact Group of the data protection authorities (DPAs) of the Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and … Continue reading “Facebook hit with fines and investigations in six EU countries over privacy law breaches”

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WhatsApp and Facebook might soon share your data with each other




A new EU agreement could mean WhatsApp user data is shared with Facebook, despite user protest over privacy incursions. The new deal amends WhatsApp’s relationship to Facebook in what would be a radical new way forward for the messaging app, which has long celebrated its encrypted nature.  Facebook Wants Your WhatsApp Data The social networking … Continue reading “WhatsApp and Facebook might soon share your data with each other”

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As 3D printers break through, EU expands copyright to furniture and extends term by a century




The UK has just changed its copyright-and-patent monopoly law to extend copyright to furniture and to extend the term of that copyright on furniture with about a century. This follows a decision in the European Union, where member states are required to adhere to such an order. This change means that people will be prohibited … Continue reading “As 3D printers break through, EU expands copyright to furniture and extends term by a century”

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Paramount Pictures agrees to end geoblocking in Europe




Paramount Pictures has agreed to stop seeking geoblocking restrictions “when licensing its film output for Pay-TV to a broadcaster” within the European Economic Area (EEA), according to a European Commission press release. Additionally, Paramount Pictures agrees not to enforce any existing contract clauses involving geoblocking. Geoblocking, a form of internet censorship, is the act of … Continue reading “Paramount Pictures agrees to end geoblocking in Europe”

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