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Facebook Can Be Forced To Remove Content Globally, Rules EU Court

In the Facebook vs Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek case, Europian Union’s highest court has ruled against the Silicon Valley tech giant. Under the ruling, which cannot be appealed, countries can order Facebook to take down all kinds of content (posts, comments, images, videos) on a global scale. #ECJ : #EU law does not preclude a host provider …

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Ireland’s Brexit-proof electric lifeline gets €530m in EU backing

An EU grant of €530m will be put into the €1bn Celtic Interconnector project to link Ireland to Europe’s electric grids via an undersea network. Fears over a potential electricity crisis in a post-Brexit world have seen Ireland turn to its EU neighbours for assistance through the Celtic Interconnector project. The Government confirmed today (2 …

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Google Scores Win In “Right to Be Forgotten” Case

Google received a welcome victory in the European Union’s highest court in relation to the EU’s “right to be forgotten” rules. For the past five years, EU citizens have enjoyed the right to have search engines remove embarrassing or outdated information from their indexes. At the heart of the case was whether the right to …

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Ireland says EU Apple judgement is ‘fundamentally flawed’ in appeal

Apple and the Irish Government have launched their appeal against the EU Commission’s 2016 tax ruling. Lawyers representing Ireland have called the European Commission’s ruling that the country gave Apple €13bn in illegal tax aid “fundamentally flawed” today (17 September) in an appeal against the decision in one of the EU’s highest courts, according to Reuters. …

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Digital map helps visitors uncover history at European Heritage Open Day

Pictured at the launch of European Heritage Open Days 2019 are (l-r) Moira Doherty, Deputy Secretary at the Department for Communities and Iain Greenway, Director, Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities Esri Ireland, the market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), today announces that its software has been used by the Department for Communities to …

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‘This is an important functionality’: Slack launches data residency

Slack’s head of enterprise product, Ilan Frank, tells Siliconrepublic.com why the company is launching a new data residency feature. Today (11 September), Slack announced that it will enable customers to choose which country or region their data is stored in, enabling businesses to fulfil corporate policies and compliance requirements. Until now, data from the workplace …

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New EU quantum project aims for ultra-secure communication in Europe

The EU has launched a new project that aims to build a testbed for secure quantum communications in several European nations. The European Commission (EC) has announced the launch of OpenQKD, a project that will see the installation of a quantum communication infrastructure testbed that would be significantly more secure than existing technology. In particular, …

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Our Own Information is Being Weaponized Against Us (Full Text of Speech + Video)

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Brussels last night and gave a bold and possibly controversial privacy speech. Cook directly challenged Facebook, and tech companies in general, to change their perspective on privacy. He also said that Apple is fully supportive of ‘a comprehensive federal …

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EU Investigating if Amazon is Using Data to Unfairly Compete With Third-Party Sellers

The European Union is on the prowl again in a likely attempt to win cash and concessions from Amazon. This is another investigation in a long string of investigations into American companies designed to extract big cash payments. European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, indicates that the issue is the possible use of third-party seller …

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Google fined $2.7 billion by E.U. in anti-trust ruling

Google has been fined a record $2.7 billion for a breach of E.U. anti-trust rules. The search giant was charged with giving “illegal advantages” to another Google product within search results in a case that started more than seven years ago. The case relates specifically to Google Shopping, Google’s increasingly profitable shopping comparison engine. This fine …

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