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EU fines Facebook 110 million euros over WhatsApp deal
Fri 19 May 2017, 23:31

European Union antitrust regulators fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) on Thursday for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.

Calling it a "proportionate and deterrent fine", the European Commission, which acts as the EU's competition watchdog, said Facebook had said it could not automatically match user accounts on its namesake platform and WhatsApp but two years later launched a service that did exactly that.


Domain name holders' personal data remain protected
Fri 19 May 2017, 23:34

The Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament has rejected the project for domain name owners personal data to be publicly made available without their consent. The project has been rejected after the Romanian Government showed that this would violate European Union norms.

The right to be forgotten may apply all over the world
Tue 9 May 2017, 23:26

The Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) has checked how Google handles the "right to be forgotten", i.e. the possibility to have search results deleted. The DPA concludes that if Google is required to delete the result of a search, it may also be necessary to delete the search result when searches are made from other countries outside of Sweden.