Dutch government wants to be able to prohibit takeovers in the telecom sector
State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) has submitted a bill that enables the Dutch government to block or reverse a takeover in the telecom sector. This should be possible if such a takeover is likely to pose a risk to national security or public order.
The bill on undesi... Read more
Microsoft: Russians trying to influence European elections
According to Microsoft, recent hacker attacks aimed at European democratic organisations have their origins in the hacker group Fancy Bear. This group is said to have links with the Russian intelligence services and focuses on civil society. The hackers seem to be hoping to influence the May Europea... Read more
Telecom industry calls for European testing regime for network security
The telecom industry is asking European governments to join mobile operators in setting up a testing regime to protect network security, without having to rely on excluding manufacturers from the market. That's what Reuters says.
The initiative comes from the GSMA, which represents 800 operators wor... Read more
EU reaches agreement on the controversial upload filter and link tax
Negotiations on the controversial EU Copyright Directive have been concluded. There was a great deal of criticism of Articles 11 and 13 in particular, but they remain in the text after years of negotiations. The European Parliament will shortly be voting on the directive, which is very likely to be ... Read more
‘59,000 data breaches reported since GDPR imports; most of them from the Netherlands’.
Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to companies operating in the European Union, 59,000 data leaks have been received by the relevant authorities. It is striking that the Netherlands leads the list with no less than 15,400 reported data leaks.
This is the conclusion of resea... Read more
EU is considering excluding Chinese companies from roll-out of 5G networks’.
The European Union is considering proposals that will result in Chinese companies no longer being able to contribute to the creation of new mobile networks on the continent. This would effectively mean a ban on Huawei components for 5G networks and would put even more pressure on the world's largest... Read more
Google appeals against high GDPR fine
Google received the highest GDPR-related fine so far earlier this month. The company had to pay no less than fifty million euros from the French privacy watchdog CNIL for a lack of transparency and the way in which the company processes user data. The company has now announced that it is protesting ... Read more
Google is fined 50 million euros for GDPR violation
Today, Google was fined â‚¬50 million by the French privacy watchdog. The company was in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. The way in which new Android devices were activated was problematic.
CNIL, the French privacy watchdog, states that Google di... Read more
Several popular apps share detailed information with Facebook.
Various apps, including TripAdvisor and MyFitnessPal, share information with Facebook without the user's explicit consent. In some cases, the apps share data with the social network as soon as they open. Among the submitted data there is also a unique identifier with which Facebook knows exactly whi... Read more
Thales may take over Gemalto from EU and Australia
In a short space of time, both the Australian and European market watchdogs have given the green light for the acquisition of chip manufacturer Gemalto by Thales. There are, however, a number of conditions attached to this. The chance that the companies will actually merge is high by now.
Press agen... Read more