German regulator remains vigilant as Meta changes VR headset rules
Meta has responded to concerns of Germany's antitrust office by allowing customers to use virtual reality headsets without a Facebook account.
The antitrust office has been keeping a close eye on Meta since May, when it declared the tech giant to be of "paramount significance for competition acr... Read more
Meta slashes water use in data centers
The company seeks to burnish its sustainability bona fides.
Facebook parent Meta is aiming to cut the volume of water used in its datacenters by operating servers at higher temperatures and lower humidity levels. Meta said the plan is part of its commitment to become 'water positive' by 2030.
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Facebook agrees to settle data privacy lawsuit
The social media giant agreed to settle a lawsuit for sharing data with third parties like Cambridge Analytica.
Meta's Facebook settled a long-running lawsuit in a US court seeking damages for letting third parties access the private data of users, according to an article in POLITICO.
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Norway calls for Facebook to be fined for illegal data transfers
According to Norway's data protection authority, Facebook owner Meta should be penalized for continuing to transfer Europeans' private data to the United States in contravention of an essential EU court order.
If authorities do not punish the US tech giant, there would be little or no motivation... Read more
Meta managers urged to dump low-performing staffers
Meta's head of engineering told his managers to identify and report low performers so they could force those employees out of the company, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The move is just the latest sign of belt-tightening at the organization behind Facebook.
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Meta lawyer compares EU to fishing trawler in antitrust litigation
As EU antitrust regulators examine Meta’s online marketplace and data practices, the company has likened the investigation to a fishing trawler.
Regulators at the European Commission are investigating Meta’s business activities for violations of antitrust laws, receiving over one million doc... Read more
Meta receives a new draft decision on its EU-U.S. data transfers
"This is not a final decision," a spokesperson for the tech giant was quick to comment.
Facebook has received a “revised” preliminary decision from its lead EU privacy regulator this week. The decision could have implications for its ability to continue to export user data to the US. This i... Read more
Deal on EU tech rules possible by June
The new legislation will have a sweeping impact on U.S. tech giants
EU lawmakers and countries could reach a deal on proposed tech rules by the end of June, according to Reuters. The new laws would force online platforms to better police the internet. The agreement looks likely, despite differe... Read more
Two EU ministers say they’ll be just fine without Facebook
Two ministers from Germany and France say that Meta's withdrawal from the European market will suit them just fine.
The threat by Meta Platforms to quit Europe because of disputes over privacy rules met with aplomb by two top German and French politicians, according to a report in Bloomberg.
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French privacy regulator to fine Google, Facebook 210 million Euros
The fine is because they failed to allow French users to easily reject cookie tracking technology.
Google and Facebook parent company Meta Platforms are facing another big fine after France’s data watchdog found them guilty of violating European Union privacy rules. According to a report in PO... Read more