Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world’s most popular internet search engine remains in its sights despite record fines in recent years.

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union -- this time focused on its job search service."We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it," a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement.

EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers

EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers

The new legislation gives whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law a "high level of protection". LuxLeaks: Whistleblowers working for PricewaterhouseCoopers leaked documents exposing favourable tax arrangements offered by Luxembourg to some of the world's biggest companies while European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister.

Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week: source

Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week: source

REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo The European Commission in 2016 opened a third case against the world’s most popular internet search engine by accusing Google of preventing third parties using its AdSense product from displaying search advertisements from Google’s competitors.

Protect freedom on radio devices: raise your voice today!

Protect freedom on radio devices: raise your voice today!

It requires hardware manufacturers of most devices sending and receiving radio signals to implement a barrier that disallows installing software which has not been certified by the manufacturer. It will send a signal to the European Commission that there are people who care about freedom on radio devices.

First Facebook investigation to be completed by summer: regulator

First Facebook investigation to be completed by summer: regulator

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union expects to conclude the first of seven investigations into the company’s use of personal data this summer and the remainder by the end of the year, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner said on Thursday.

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

With the Google Assistant built in, your security system is now even more helpful.” More cybersecurity news Kid’s creepy smartwatch recalled as hackers can locate and talk to kids While we are on the topic of potentially creepy IoT devices, it would be remiss not to mention the European Commission’s recall of the Enox Safe-Kid-One smartwatch, which poses a “serious” risk to kids since attackers could locate or even communicate with kids wearing the high-tech watch.

A kids’ smartwatch was recalled by the EU over privacy concerns

A kids’ smartwatch was recalled by the EU over privacy concerns

It was discovered that the watch, which is equipped with a GPS, microphone, and speaker to make calls and send SMS texts, could be easily hacked by third parties. Today’s news likely won’t be the last time the European commission sends out another warning about security flaws, or orders for a recall.

Facebook expands election integrity efforts ahead of EU vote

Facebook expands election integrity efforts ahead of EU vote

Nick Clegg, the new head of communications, told European officials those groups will collaborate with "lawmakers, election commissions, other tech companies, academics and civil society groups to continue the fight against fake news, prevent the spread of voter suppression efforts and further integrate the large number of teams working on these important issues across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp." In his speech, Clegg also touched on Facebook's efforts to remove networks of pages that propagate false information.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Renewed, Privacy Commitments Ignored

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Renewed, Privacy Commitments Ignored

The European Commission has renewed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a framework permitting the flow of European consumers' personal data to the U.S. Oddly, the Commission cited the FTC investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal (which has produced no outcome) and the appointment of three members to the PCLOB as support for renewal.

Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

Facebook tells TechCrunch it discovered the breach on September 25th, and informed the European Union’s privacy watchdog the Office Of The Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) on November 22nd. Curiously, Facebook discovered the bug on September 25th, the same day as its 30 million user breach.

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

MEPs call on the European Commission to suspend the Privacy Shield agreement (designed to protect EU citizens whose personal data are transferred to the US for commercial purposes), since US authorities failed to comply with its terms by 1 September 2018.