France

Amazon

Amazon and Apple stay away from French initiative for Big Tech

Amazon and Apple have not signed up to a brand new French initiative to get global tech firms to publicly commit to fundamentals including paying their fair share of taxes, governm...

Tech Titans

France orders tech giants to pay digital tax

France’s finance ministry has sent out notices to large tech companies liable for its own digital service tax to pay the levy as planned in December, the ministry has said.

Amazon

Europe charges Amazon with using dominance and data to squeeze rivals

The European Union charged Amazon with damaging international competition within the retail space, alleging that the US tech titan uses its size, power and information to obtain an...

Amazon Warehouse

Amazon drops French Black Friday ad campaign as lockdown starts

Amazon is withdrawing advertisements for pre-Black Friday reductions in France, after the government said the effort was unfair to small shops at time when a coronavirus lockdown h...

Libra

G7 vows to fight ransomware attacks; say stablecoin needs regulation

Fiscal leaders of this world’s seven biggest economies on Tuesday pledged to fight rising ransomware strikes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, also said no stablecoin surgery shoul...

Google

French court: Google must talk to publishers about paying for their content

Google must open talks with publishers in France about paying to use their material, an appeals court confirmed on Thursday, paving the way for an industry-wide deal in the country...

Google

Google poised to strike deal to pay French publishers for their news

Google is set to reach a bargain to cover French publishers for their news, the US platform giant has said, the latest move to placate press classes and head off regulators siding ...

Digital Tax US

Wanted: global digital tax push after pandemic, US vote stall talks

Negotiators from 140 countries will inquire Washington and its own G20 partners this week to reaffirm political support for global rules to tax digital giants following the coronav...

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...

European Union

France wants the EU to continue with a digital tax if global efforts fail

The EU should push ahead with its own digital taxation in the first quarter of 2021 if wider efforts to find an international solution don’t bring a breakthrough this season,...

France

Facebook to pay $118 million in French back taxes

Facebook’s French subsidiary has agreed to pay more than 100 million euros (approximately $118 million) in back taxes, including a penalty, after a ten-year audit of its acco...

TikTok

French privacy watchdog opens an investigation into TikTok

France’s data privacy watchdog CNIL has stated that it had been making preliminary investigations into TikTok after it received a complaint in May against the Chinese-owned v...

Huawei Technologies

French limits on Huawei 5G equipment amount to an eventual de facto ban

Sources close to the matter have said that French authorities have informed telecoms operators planning to buy Huawei Technologies 5G equipment that they won’t be able to ren...

Ubisoft

Ubisoft announces staff departures after misconduct allegations

French video games maker Ubisoft has announced several staff departures after conducting a review in response to allegations of misconduct at the company, which earlier reports sai...