Microsoft, Hewlett Foundation, MasterCard, and other launch CyberPeace Institute

Microsoft, Hewlett Foundation, MasterCard, and several other unnamed major corporations and philanthropic institutions have formed an independent non-profit organisation called the CyberPeace Institute aimed at protecting victims against cyberattacks and helping them recover from one. “For years, non-governmental organisations around the world have provided on-the-ground help and vocal advocacy for victims of wars and natural …

South Africa’s surveillance act RICA unconstitutional, inconsistent finds Court

The South Gauteng High Court has found that parts of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information (RICA) Act are unconstitutional. In April 2017, media group amaBhungane filed an application in the High Court challenging the constitutionality of the act. This, after it emerged that journalist Sam Sole’s communications were intercepted …

Cold reception to Facebook’s Libra, makes it willing to delay its cryptocurrency for a middle ground with regulators

Facebook is willing to delay its entrance into the cryptocurrency market to work with regulators, Facebook executive David Marcus said in prepared remarks ahead of Congressional hearings on Libra this week. Marcus’ statement is Facebook’s strongest indication yet of its desire to work with regulators on Libra’s development. The company knew Libra might be a …

EU just approved new controversial sweeping Article 13 copyright laws, a huge blow to major tech companies

Developing story The European Parliament has adopted the copyright directive 348-274. The EU will get #uploadfilters and a counterproductive right for press publishers. #Article13 #Article11 #SaveYourInternet pic.twitter.com/Cu9eyI2Xqo— Creative Commons (@creativecommons) March 26, 2019 Europe has approved a sweeping overhaul of copyright rules, dealing a blow to major tech companies that argued the changes will be …

Facebook acknowledges in was privy to Cambridge Analytica concerns before Guardian dossier

Facebook employees were aware of concerns about“improper data-gathering practices” by Cambridge Analytica months before the Guardian first reported, in December 2015, that the political consultancy had obtained data on millions from an academic. The concerns appeared in a court filing by the attorney general for Washington DC and were subsequently confirmed by Facebook. The new …

Google slapped with massive $1.7 billion fine by EU Antitrust Agency for Restricting Rivals’ Ads

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has been penalized yet again by European antitrust regulators, this time with a €1.49 billion ($1.7 billion) fine for limiting how some websites could display ads sold by its rivals. This marks the third billion-dollar penalty European regulators have imposed on the tech giant for hindering competition. The EU says that Google …