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France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

Slowly and bit by bit, Facebook is losing legal ground in Europe over what many member states are now calling illegal practices that violate the privacy of users and non-users alike. The case it faces in France, however, is significant because of its timing and its root cause. The French privacy regulator CNIL has ordered Facebook to stop tracking the web activities of non-Facebook users, among other things, or face hefty fines. But in addition, it has called out Facebook for transferring European data to the US, which has basically been declared illegal in the EU.

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Qualcomm faces anti-trust charges again, Europe this time

Qualcomm faces anti-trust charges again, Europe this time

When you're as big and as successful as Qualcomm, you become a bigger target, for both rivals and regulators. The world's most popular mobile chipset maker has barely finished wrapping up its anti-trust issues in China, which involved a hefty fine among other things, and yet here it is again being charged with a similar case, this time in Europe. The European Commission has formally filed anti-trust charges against Qualcomm, accusing it of practices that have forced its competitors in the region off the market.

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Belgium: Facebook must stop tracking Internet users

Belgium: Facebook must stop tracking Internet users

In less than 48 hours, if Facebook fails to comply with the orders of a Belgian court, it will be fined as much as $269,000 every day until it does. This is the verdict that the court has imposed on the social networking giant on behalf of the country's privacy watchdog, the Belgian Privacy Commission. The crime? The widespread tracking of any Internet user who, willingly or otherwise, ventures into any Facebook page, regardless of whether said user is registered on Facebook or, which is the contention of this case, not.

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European Parliament ratifies end to roaming charges

European Parliament ratifies end to roaming charges

We first started to hear about the EU taking action to reduce mobile roaming charges in 2007. Costs for mobile roaming started to come down significantly not long after that but it wasn’t until 2014 that EU lawmakers approved a plan to end roaming charges. That plan saw roaming rates cut by 55% not long after the pan was drafted.

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