03 Aug 2021

Amazon Fined 746 Mn Euros in Luxembourg Over Data Privacy

In Luxembourg, Amazon has been fined $880 million by authorities due to allegations that the company violated the EU’s data protection rules. The company announced the fine on Friday of last week. The fine was allegedly issued on July 16 by the Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection after an

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12 Jul 2021

Europe Makes the Case to Ban Biometric Surveillance

Recently, the European Data Protection Board, tasked with helping countries implement GDPR consistently, has called for a total ban on utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) technology to conduct facial recognition. The European Data Protection Supervisor joined the former entity in making a push for a ban on the controversial technology. The

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25 Jun 2021

French-German plan for EU-Putin talks collapses

The European Union failed to agree on a French-German proposal for direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, Berlin and Paris called for the bloc to resume talks with the Russian leader after US President Joe Biden’s meeting with Putin in Geneva. Some critical member states denounced the

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25 Jun 2021

Belarus Transfers Opposition Figure to House Arrest

A Belarusian dissident, Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega were arrested after their airliner was forced to land in Minsk. They have been transferred to house arrest on Friday in response to sanctions implemented by the European Union.  78 people and critical sectors of the economy were sanctioned after the “hijacking”

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23 Jun 2021

Covid-19 Delta Variant Threatens to Set Back Europe’s Recovery

The Delta variant of Covid-19 is spreading across continental Europe, increasing the risk of a rebound in infections and subsequent delay to the region’s economic recovery. The variant was first discovered in India late last year. The Delta variant’s spread has prompted Portugal to seal off its capital city of

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17 Jun 2021

U.S., EU Forge Closer Ties on Emerging Technologies to Counter Russia and China

The U.S. and European Union will cooperate more on technology regulation, bilateral trade and industrial development after President Biden’s visit. The Western allies are hoping to better compete with China and Russia in developing and protecting emerging technologies. A new high-level Trade and Technology Council was unveiled on Tuesday. The

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18 May 2021

EU Suspends Plans to Raise Tariffs on U.S. Whiskey, Other Goods

On Monday, the EU agreed to postpone plans to raise tariffs on American goods, including whiskeys, motorcycles, boats, and other items. The plan was set to take effect on June 1 but has now been pushed back due to the start of negotiation talks with the Biden administration that seek

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04 May 2021

Europe Proved It Can Innovate During the Pandemic. Now It Has to Figure How to Benefit From It.

The European Union was quick to create innovations during the Covid-19 pandemic, successfully cranking out a series of developments aiming to protect individuals and combat the public health crisis. EU leaders are currently finalizing plans to release almost $1 trillion into the EU’s struggling economy in order to reshape industrial

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22 Apr 2021

TikTok Sued Over Use of Minors’ Data

TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, is currently being sued for billions of dollars over allegedly mishandling and using data pertaining to minors. Internal company data from July 2020 found that 18 million of TikTok’s total 800 million worldwide users are aged 14 years or younger. The

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19 Apr 2021

Europe seeks to limit use of AI in society

The EU has brought forth new proposals that regulate the usage of artificial intelligence, facial recognition for surveillance, or algorithms that manipulate human behavior. The wide-ranging proposals were leaked ahead of their official publication. The proposal has been criticized for its identification of high-risk AI, but also praised for its

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