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Heightened debate in US as EU privacy rules take effect

Washington - Amid a global scramble to comply with new EU data protections laws, the debate on privacy has intensified in the United States with some calling for similar measures for Americans, and others warning the rules could fracture the global internet.

GDPR: Europe’s new privacy law, is officially here

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on Friday aimed at forcing companies to pay closer attention to how they handle customer data with severe penalties for breaching consumers’ privacy rights.

Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection campaigner Schrems

Vienna - As a young Austrian law student, Max Schrems took on Facebook and won, and seven years ago he was already raising the alarm over the flaw Cambridge Analytica allegedly exploited to obtain the data of millions of users for political purposes.

Happy GDPR Day - but not for some US websites

Apo - The EU's flagship new data protection laws came into effect on Friday but hit an early hitch as several major US news websites were blocked to European users.

Chelsea Manning says mass surveillance 'getting worse'

Montr - Mass surveillance by government agencies is increasing, especially in the United States, whistleblower Chelsea Manning told a Montreal audience on Thursday as she called for limits on the development of artificial intelligence.

Rush to comply with new EU data law

Apo - Companies made a last-minute rush Thursday to comply with new European Union data protection laws that Brussels says will protect consumers from being like "people naked in an aquarium".

The scandals bedevilling Facebook

Paris - As Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg pursues a tour of Europe to explain his company's shortcomings involving the use of data and fake news, here is a roundup of the scandals.

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

Paris - From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigation released Wednesday.

'I'm sorry', Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

Apo - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday for the "harm" caused by a huge breach of users' data and by a failure to crack down on fake news.

Brazil's right wing attacks anti-fake news campaign

Rio De Janeiro - An influential right-wing group in Brazil has lashed out against a fact-checking campaign launched by Facebook, saying the measure amounts to censorship aimed at stifling political debate.

Graft-busting journalist returns to new Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Clare Rewcastle Brown was harassed and vilified for years for waging a quixotic campaign to expose Malaysian corruption that helped topple the country's long-ruling regime.

Facebook's Zuckerberg agrees to live-stream EU parliament hearing

Apo - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to live-stream his meeting with European Parliament members as he answers questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a top official said Monday.

Apple-Samsung iPhone design copying case goes to jury

San Jose - Jurors return to a Silicon Valley courtroom Monday to put a price on patented iPhone design features copied by Samsung in a legal case dating back seven years.

Ecuador to withdraw 'additional security' at London embassy

Quito - Ecuador announced Thursday it would withdraw additional security measures at its London embassy after an investigation found it plunged $5 million into a spy operation to protect WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

More than 100 arrested in Brazil child pornography blitz

Bras - More than 100 people were detained Thursday across Brazil in what authorities said was the country's biggest ever crackdown on internet child pornography.

EU seeks to protect citizens in data 'jungle': minister

Apo - The Facebook scandal has laid bare the urgency of protecting personal information in a digital "jungle," the EU's justice minister said before new European data rules become law.

EU data laws set to bite after Facebook scandal

Apo - New European Union data protection laws take effect on May 25 to protect users' online information, in what Brussels touts as a global benchmark after the Facebook scandal.

Russian Facebook 'ads' show strong effort to divide US society

Washington - Thousands of Facebook and Instagram advertisements taken out by a Russian internet group were released Thursday in a database that illustrate how a concerted effort was made to foment anger and split US society around the 2016 election.

Congress will vote on whether or not to bring back net neutrality

Congress will vote to restore net neutrality next week. If the measure is passed by a simple majority vote, it would still need to be signed by President Donald Trump. Right now, 48 senators appear to be in favor of the measure.

Beyonce, Kanye streaming stats 'manipulated' on Tidal: report

Oslo - Streaming numbers of Beyonce and Kanye West's respective albums on rap mogul Jay Z's music platform Tidal have been manipulated, allowing the stars excessive royalty payouts, a Norwegian newspaper said on Wednesday.

Turkey blames 'bots' for anti-Erdogan Twitter campaign

Istanbul - Turkey on Wednesday lashed out at a viral Twitter campaign against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan based on the word "enough" he used in a speech, arguing it was caused by 'bots'.

Erdogan vows to quit when 'enough', sparks Twitter trend

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed he would step down if his people decided it was "enough", prompting opponents to propel the word in Turkish to the top of worldwide Twitter trends.

News Corp leads charge against tech giants in Australia probe

Sydney - Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation accused Facebook and Google of "anti-competitive practices" in one of dozens of submissions to a probe of the tech giants released Thursday by Australia's competition watchdog.

Iran minister says 'impossible' to block information by banning apps

Tehran - Iran's telecoms minister said Tuesday it was "impossible to block citizen's access to information", a day after the conservative-dominated judiciary banned the hugely popular Telegram messaging app.

Thousands in Moscow slam Kremlin's Telegram attack

Moscow - Thousands rallied in Moscow on Monday in support of internet freedom after Russian authorities tried to block access to the popular messaging app Telegram in the latest onslaught against dissent under Vladimir Putin.

Twitter momentum grows with second straight profit quarter

Washington - Twitter reported its second consecutive quarterly profit Wednesday in a positive sign for the short messaging service after years in the red.

Cybercrime website behind 4 million attacks taken down

Den Haag - A British and Dutch-led operation on Wednesday brought down a website linked to more than four million cyberattacks around the world, with banking giants among the victims, European law enforcement agencies said.

$35 mn penalty for not telling investors of Yahoo hack

San Francisco - US securities regulators on Tuesday announced that Altaba will pay a $35 million penalty for not telling them hackers had stolen Yahoo's "crown jewels.

This tech startup is starting a net neutral, independent Internet

File transfer startup WeTransfer is creating its own net neutral wireless network. The pilot program will be open to a few households in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. For the first three months, the service will be free.

US senators introduce social media privacy bill

Washington - Two US senators, one Democrat and one Republican, introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at better protecting online privacy in response to the Facebook data scandal.
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