Big Data

Platform Industry News: People looking at an iPhone 11

China drafts new data measures, defines “core data”

Communist China published new draft measures aimed at bolstering its new data security law, including definitions of what it considered “core” and “important̶...

Ant Group

Chinese state firms to take big stake in Ant’s credit-scoring JV

State-backed firms are set to take their first sizeable stake in a key Ant Group asset as part of the Chinese FinTech giant’s regulatory-driven revamp that was ordered after ...

Platform News: European Union flags

EU court backs national data watchdog powers in blow to big tech

Europe’s top court has endorsed the power of national data watchdogs to pursue big tech firms even if they are not their lead regulators, in a setback for Silicon Valley comp...

Electronic Arts (EA)

‘Battlefield’ publisher EA says investigating recent data breach

Electronic Arts Inc is investigating a recent data breach, where some of its game source code and related tools were stolen, the videogame publisher has said, becoming the latest v...

Platform Industry: US and China Relations and Politics

US Senate votes to open debate on China tech bill

The US Senate voted 86-11 Monday to open debate on a measure authorizing more than $110 billion for basic and advanced technology research over five years in the face of rising com...

Platform Industry: Google News Australia

Australian Watchdog: Google misled consumers over data collection

Australia’s federal court found Google misled some consumers about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, the country’s competition regulator ...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

German regulator acts to halt ‘illegal’ WhatsApp data collection

Germany’s lead data protection regulator for Facebook said that it was taking action against the social network to prevent the collection of personal data from users of its W...

Platform News: Clubhouse audio and social media app

Clubhouse says reviewing data protection practices after report points to flaws

Clubhouse said it is reviewing its data protection practices, after a report by the Stanford Internet Observatory said it contained security flaws that left users’ data vulne...

Platform News: Opening the WhatsApp app on a smartphone

India asks WhatsApp to withdraw privacy policy update

India’s tech ministry has asked WhatsApp to withdraw changes to its privacy policy that the popular Facebook-owned messenger declared this month, saying the new provisions ta...

Google Fitbit Wearables

Google closes deal to buy Fitbit as US Justice Dept probe continues

Search and advertising giant Google has closed its deal to purchase gym tracking company Fitbit, the companies said, even as the US Justice Department said that it was continuing i...

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Microsoft and Cigna form coalition for digital records of COVID-19 vaccination

Microsoft Corp, health insurance Cigna Corp and Mayo Clinic are part of a coalition pushing for digital records of people who get vaccinated from COVID-19.

Platform News: Opening the WhatsApp app on a smartphone

Turkey probes Facebook’s move to collect WhatsApp data

The Turkish Competition Board said on Monday it had launched an investigation into WhatsApp and its owner Facebook Inc days after the messaging app asked users to agree to let Face...

Platform News: Twitter App

Irish watchdog fines Twitter in landmark for EU data privacy regime

Ireland’s data regulator has fined Twitter 450,000 euros (approximately $547,000) to get a bug that made some personal tweets general public, the very first sanction from a m...

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Apple could block apps that do not comply with new privacy feature

Apple has threatened to remove apps from its widely-used App Store when they do not comply with the upcoming personal feature allowing users to block advertisers from tracking them...

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Microsoft aims to help businesses get handle on data with new tool

Microsoft Corp on Thursday announced a new cloud-based tool designed to assist corporate customers understand where information is scattered throughout their operations and if they...

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