Big Data

Platform Economy: Instagram app

Irish regulator probes handling of children’s data on Instagram

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two queries into Facebook after concerns were raised about the social system titans handling of children’s perso...

Big Data

EU’s top court rules states must curb mass spying on data

The EU’s top court has ruled that uncontrolled mass surveillance of mobile and internet information is illegal, in a movement that could curb the powers of spying agencies in...

Platform Industry: Microsoft logo

Microsoft Corp plans to build hub for cloud services in Greece

Microsoft is to construct a data centre hub in Greece as it erupts in cloud solutions infrastructure in the nation, a boon to an economy weakened by a decade-long debt crisis and t...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

European Union drafts rules to force big tech to share data

The EU is preparing to force big technology companies to share their client information with smaller rivals, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing an early draft of its...

Platform News: Facebook Social Media Buttons

High court in Ireland freezes probe into Facebook’s EU-US data flows

The Republic of Ireland’s High Court has temporarily frozen a probe by Facebook’s lead European Union regulator which threatened to stop the US social network giantR...

Platform News: Facebook Social Media Buttons

Facebook pushes for data portability legislation

Facebook has pushed for legislation that makes it easier for users to transfer photos and videos to a rival technology platform, in comments it sent to the Federal Trade Commission...

Platform News: Google search engine

Australian regulator sues Google over personal data use

Australia’s competition regulator has launched court proceedings against Google for allegedly misleading consumers about the enlarged use of private data for targeted adverti...

Platform Industry: Google News

Google faces lawsuit over tracking in apps

Google records what people are doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even when they follow the company’s recommended settings for stopping monitoring, a lawsuit seeki...

Fitbit

Google offers pledge on data in bid to win EU okay for Fitbit acquisition

Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns about its proposed $2.1 billion acq...

Platform News: Apple logo

Google-backed groups criticise Apple’s new warnings on user tracking

A group of European digital advertising associations has criticised Apple plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and ...

Google Fitbit Wearables

European Union regulators checking if Fitbit deal will increase Google’s clout

European Union regulators are checking whether Google’s purchase of Fitbit might allow it to drive rival makers of wearable devices, app developers and other online service p...

Fitbit

US and EU advocacy groups warn against Google’s purchase of Fitbit

Twenty advocacy groups from across the globe have signed a statement urging regulators to be wary of Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker company Fitbit Inc because ...

Platform News: Google

Google removes misleading ads in voting-related searches

Google has said that it had removed search ads that charged users searching for voting information large fees for voter registration or harvested their personal data.

Platform News: Google

New Google default wipes users’ location, web history after 18 months

Google has said it will automatically delete some location history after 18 months for new users and make it easier for everyone to access its search, Maps and YouTube apps without...