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European Commission fines Google for abusing dominance
Tue 27 Jun 2017, 20:42

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.

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MEPs back end-to-end encryption for all citizens
Tue 20 Jun 2017, 13:23

A European Parliament committee wants end-to-end encryption to be enforced on all forms of digital communication to protect European Union (EU) citizens. A ban on "backdoors" into encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram is also being considered.

Denmark allows massive retention of location data for mobile internet
Wed 28 Jun 2017, 18:00

On 24 May 2017, the Danish telecom regulator announced its decision concluding that the retention of location data for mobile internet usage is lawful. With the decision, the regulator allowed for massive data retention, which seriously undermines citizens’ right to privacy, since it means they can be tracked at all times and the data is being stored.