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In its latest monthly report, the European Commission claims there’s been a lack of progress after the tech giants last year pledged to crack down on fake news. The commission says Google has not made enough progress in defining “issue-based advertising”, while Twitter has yet to provide details on how it is tackling spam and fake accounts. The European Parliament…
Thousands of people around the world may be listening to your conversations with your Alexa device. That’s according to a Bloomberg report, which says Amazon workers listen to commands to help the artificial assistant better comprehend human speech. The global team is "the latest example of a cloud-based service that purports to use an algorithm that actually has a team of humans…
Europarliament has passed sweeping new legislation that could change the way big tech uses and shares content. The rules — approved by the Europarliament yesterday — could see sites like YouTube made responsible for copyright infringements committed by their users. It could also see news aggregation platforms forced to pay publishers for using their content. Tech companies have long argued that it would…
The EU has hit Google with a third antitrust fine for preventing competition in the online advertising market. Rivals say the search giant restricted them from showing search ads between 2006 and 2016. The EU’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager says Google “shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites”. The fine is equivalent to 1.3% of Google’s 2018 turnover. 
The online tracking tools, most of which were developed by Google, were discovered on 89% of government websites and 52% of national health pages, according to Danish data compliance service Cookiebot. The company warns that personal and sensitive information could be sold on by ad tech companies. Only the websites for the Spanish, German and Dutch governments were tracker-free.
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