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Halt to facial recognition technology trials urged as MPs question legality

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said a legal framework for the tests must be established before they continue Authorities should cease trials of facial recognition technology until a legal framework for them is established, MPs have said. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said the current lack of legislation calls… Read More


Amsterdam halts data centre construction until 2020

Space, energy, and regulatory concerns prompt suspension of data centre construction The municipal authorities in Amsterdam have suspended the construction of new data centres, despite the city claiming to be Europe’s largest data centre hub. The Dutch capital has seen an influx of facilities in recent years, thanks to the city’s favourable taxes and relatively… Read More


Facebook exec grilled by US Senate over Libra currency

Executive David Marcus faced criticism from the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee The chief of Facebook’s new digital currency has said it understands “loud and clear” that people do not want financial details connected to their social media data. David Marcus was grilled by US senators who expressed concern about Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency Libra,… Read More


US Federal Trade Commission approves $5bn Facebook fine

The 5 billion dollar fine would be the largest the US Federal Trade Commission has levied on a technology company The US Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a fine of about 5 billion dollars for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Facebook declined to comment on the story which… Read More


‘No technological grounds’ to ban Huawei from 5G networks, say MPs

The Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee said some ethical concerns remain, but it could see no technical reason to ban the Chinese firm There are no technological grounds for banning Chinese firm Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks, the Science and Technology Select Committee has said. In a letter to Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, the… Read More


France approves tax on Big Tech despite US threats

Google, Amazon and Facebook could be affected by the new tax France has adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook despite US threats of new tariffs on French imports if Paris went ahead with the plan. On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced an investigation into the tax under the provision… Read More


US probes France’s proposed tech giant tax

The digital services tax is expected to be passed by the French Senate on Thursday The White House is launching an investigation into France’s proposed tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook, in a move that could lead to US taxes on French imports. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressed concern that the… Read More


Cloud Hopper: Chinas APT10 group also compromised NTT data, DXC and others report

Reuters has obtained more details about Cloud Hopper attacks that besieged Western tech firms Hackers working on behalf of China’s intelligence services compromised the networks of some of the world’s biggest technology service providers, according to an exclusive Reuters report. The Cloud Hopper attacks were first detailed by a US indictment in December. APT10 group,… Read More


Sir Nick Clegg calls for Big Tech regulation but defends Facebook

Facebook’s VP of global affairs defended the company and said it had been the victim of a ‘tech lash’ of suspicion Facebook’s head of global affairs Sir Nick Clegg has reiterated his belief that increased regulation of tech firms can not be done solely by the internet companies themselves. Sir Nick said it should not… Read More


Telegram founder claims DDoS attack was timed to disrupt Hong Kong protests

Pavel Durov claimed the DDoS attack originated ‘mostly from China’ and was meant to disrupt communication between protesters in Hong Kong The founder of Telegram has claimed a cyber attack that disrupted the messaging platform was carried out to coincide with protests in Hong Kong. Pavel Durov said a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack,… Read More


Amazon is taking British public for mugs says GMB general secretary, as details of AWS deals surface

GMB general secretary says Amazon is taking the British public “for mugs” by landing lucrative government cloud contracts despite tax avoidance concerns A new report from GMB Union has slammed the UK government’s relationship with Amazon after it emerged the company pocketed £11 million from selling cloud services to HMRC last year, over six times… Read More


IEEE lifts ban on Huawei researchers reviewing scientific papers

The news comes as the Chinese telecommunications giant continues to feel the effects of an executive order issued by US President Donald Trump A temporary ban on Huawei researchers editing and reviewing scientific papers has been lifted by one of the world’s biggest engineering bodies, as the Chinese firm continues to feel the effects of… Read More



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