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EU lawmakers are eyeing risk-based rules for AI, per leaked white paper

EU lawmakers are eyeing risk-based rules for AI, per leaked white paper The European Commission is considering a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technology, according to a draft proposal for regulating artificial intelligence obtained by Euroactiv. Creating rules to ensure AI is ‘trustworthy and human’ has been an early […]

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Mass surveillance for national security does conflict with EU privacy rights, court advisor suggests

Mass surveillance for national security does conflict with EU privacy rights, court advisor suggests Mass surveillance regimes in the UK, Belgium and France which require bulk collection of digital data for a national security purpose may be at least partially in breach of fundamental privacy rights of European Union citizens, per the […]

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DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot

DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot Google has announced which search engines have won an auction process it has devised for an Android ‘choice screen’ — as its response to an antitrust intervention by the region’s competition regulator. The prompt is shown to […]

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France slaps Google with $166M antitrust fine for opaque and inconsistent ad rules

France slaps Google with 6M antitrust fine for opaque and inconsistent ad rules France’s competition watchdog has slapped Google with a €150 million (~$166M) fine after finding the tech giant abused its dominant position in the online search advertising market. In a decision announced today — following a lengthy investigation into the […]

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Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court

Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court Airbnb will be breathing a sigh of relief today: Europe’s top court has judged it to be an online platform which merely connects people looking for short term accommodation, rather than a full-blown estate agent. The ruling may make it […]

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More legal uncertainty for Privacy Shield ahead of crux ruling by Europe’s top court

More legal uncertainty for Privacy Shield ahead of crux ruling by Europe’s top court Facebook tried to block the referral but today an influential advisor to Europe’s top court has issued a legal opinion that could have major implications for the future of the EU-US Privacy Shield personal data transfer mechanism. It’s […]

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Dutch startup Meatable is developing lab-grown pork and has $10 million in new financing to do it

Dutch startup Meatable is developing lab-grown pork and has million in new financing to do it Meatable, the Dutch startup developing cruelty-free technologies for manufacturing cultured meat, is pivoting to pork production as a swine flu epidemic ravages one quarter of the world’s pork supply — and has raised $10 million in […]

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No Libra style digital currencies without rules, say EU finance ministers

No Libra style digital currencies without rules, say EU finance ministers European Union finance ministers have agreed a defacto ban on the launch in the region of so-called global ‘stablecoins’ such as Facebook’s planned Libra digital currency until the bloc has a common approach to regulation that can mitigate the risks posed […]

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Atomico Partner Tom Wehmeier reviews ‘The State of European Tech’ 2019 report

Atomico Partner Tom Wehmeier reviews ‘The State of European Tech’ 2019 report Atomico, the European venture capital firm founded by Skype’s Niklas Zennström, has released its latest annual The State of European Tech report, published in partnership with Slush and Orrick. As part of the report, the authors surveyed 5,000 members of […]

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Tech giants still not doing enough to fight fakes, says European Commission

Tech giants still not doing enough to fight fakes, says European Commission It’s a year since the European Commission got a bunch of adtech giants together to spill ink on a voluntary Code of Practice to do something — albeit, nothing very quantifiable — as a first step to stop the spread […]

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