Competition watchdog expects Google and Facebook to strike deal with small publishers | Australia news

If smaller and regional publishers don’t get a deal under the news media code, the government retains the “trigger” to force Google and Facebook to the negotiating table, competition tsar Rod Sims says. The code passed the Senate on Wednesday evening with amendments, a day after the Morrison government struck Continue Reading

Tech giants may face billions of pounds in fines from new UK watchdog | Business- Tempemail

The UK’s new tech regulator should have the power to fine Google, Facebook and other tech giants billions of pounds if they fail to stick to a new code of conduct, according to the competition regulator. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which will host the new dedicated Digital Markets Continue Reading

Encrypted messaging putting children at risk of abuse, says watchdog | Child protection

The children’s commissioner for England has warned that end-to-end encryption is putting children at risk of abuse, as a survey finds that most eight-year-olds are using messaging apps supposedly restricted to those aged 13 or older. In a report published on Tuesday, Anne Longfield said plans by social media firms Continue Reading

Calls to online child sexual abuse watchdog up 45% in September | Technology

A hotline for reporting suspected child abuse material online had a record month in September, with calls increasing 45%, driven by the shift to working from home and more time spent online, an internet watchdog has said. The UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which identifies child sexual abuse content online, Continue Reading

Google and Apple app stores investigated by Australia’s competition watchdog | Australian media

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an inquiry into how Google and Apple run their app stores for Android and iOS devices. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, in its latest action targeting digital platforms, on Tuesday announced it would be examining the app stores with a focus on how data Continue Reading

Australian privacy watchdog launches investigation into Clearview AI – Security – Software- Tempemail

Australia’s privacy watchdog will probe the personal information handling practices of Clearview AI after several policing agencies admitted to having used the facial recognition tool. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) on Thursday opened a joint investigation into the controversial software with the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office Continue Reading

German watchdog chief calls Wirecard scandal a ‘massive criminal act’ – Finance- Tempemail

The head of Germany’s financial watchdog on Thursday called the accounting scandal at Wirecard “a massive criminal act”, while Deutsche Bank said it was considering support for the collapsed payments company’s banking unit. The comments from BaFin president Felix Hufeld are his most outspoken yet about Wirecard, which last week Continue Reading

French watchdog warns against COVID-19 smart surveillance – Hardware- Tempemail

The use of a new range of surveillance cameras to check adherence to rules in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak risks undermining the fabric of democracy, France’s data privacy watchdog CNIL said. Known in Europe for being a staunch defender of privacy rights, the CNIL said that while Continue Reading

EU privacy watchdog calls for pan-European mobile app for virus tracking – Benchmarking Change – Software – Security- Tempemail

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) called on Monday for a pan-European mobile app to track the spread of the new coronavirus instead of the current hodge-podge of apps used in various EU countries which could breach people’s privacy rights. Faced with thousands of coronavirus-related deaths, governments across Europe have Continue Reading

French watchdog to fine Apple over anti-competitive behaviour – Finance- Tempemail

France’s competition watchdog is set to fine iPhone maker Apple) next Monday over anti-competitive behaviour in its distribution and sales network, two sources close to the matter said on Thursday. One of the sources said the competition authority will give a decision on the matter on Monday, confirming an earlier Continue Reading