Smartphones vs. coronavirus: Is privacy always going to be the loser?

World Apr 4, 2020

Smartphones vs. coronavirus: Is privacy always going to be the loser?

In Europe, officials, doctors and engineers are looking at how smartphones could be enlisted in the war against the spread of the new coronavirus. One obvious attraction for health officials is the possibility of using smartphones to find out with whom someone diagnosed with COVID-19 ...

One victim of COVID-19 pandemic may be privacy rights

World | ANALYSIS Mar 29, 2020

One victim of COVID-19 pandemic may be privacy rights

by Rob Lever

Digital surveillance and smartphone technology may prove helpful in containing the coronavirus pandemic, but some activists fear they also could bring lasting harm to privacy and digital rights. From China to Singapore to Israel, governments have ordered electronic monitoring of their citizens' movements in an ...

Business / Tech Mar 28, 2020

French court cancels fine on Google over right to be forgotten

Google won a battle over the right to be forgotten after France's top administrative court canceled a fine of €100,000 ($111,000) for failing to remove contentious search results globally. France's Council of State threw out the 2016 penalty, following guidance from the European Union's highest ...

National Mar 11, 2020

Japan's government adopts bill to tighten rules on personal data

The government on Tuesday adopted a bill requiring companies to obtain consent from users when handing over personal data, such as internet browsing history, to third parties. The bill, approved at a Cabinet meeting, requires consent when it is clear that the data can be ...

Google's British users will lose EU data protection, sources say

Business / Tech Feb 20, 2020

Google's British users will lose EU data protection, sources say

Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said. The shift, prompted by Britain's exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions ...

Nancy Pelosi warns Europe that Huawei represents Chinese state police

Business / Tech Feb 18, 2020

Nancy Pelosi warns Europe that Huawei represents Chinese state police

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped up U.S. warnings about Beijing's global telecommunications ambitions, saying Chinese operator Huawei Technologies Co. must be prevented from controlling the next generation of wireless networks. Pelosi said autocracy in China makes Huawei a threat to Western countries as they prepare ...

Business / Tech Feb 6, 2020

CERN physics lab drops Facebook over data concerns

Europe's physics lab CERN on Wednesday said it had stopped using a Facebook team-chat application because of concerns about handing over data to the U.S. tech giant. CERN said it wound up its Facebook Workplace account on Jan. 31 after the U.S. firm gave it ...