Facebook backs stronger privacy, data rules

first_img Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Author Australia funds regulator to oversee new media law AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 APR 2019 WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Facebook trials feature to connect neighbours Home Facebook backs stronger privacy, data rules Tags center_img Chris Donkin Related Asia Previous ArticleHu takes hot seat at HuaweiNext ArticleBT executive issues rural rallying cry Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) called for regulators and governments to take a deeper role in policing the internet and introduce stronger data rules, as intense scrutiny of the company’s activities continues.In an open letter published on its website, Zuckerberg said authorities needed to play a more active role, with global rules required in four areas: protecting against harmful content; election integrity; privacy; and data portability.Despite the company’s well-documented controversies on use and protection of its own customer data, the executive praised the impact of GDPR regulation in Europe and promoted adoption of similar regulation elsewhere.“People around the world have called for comprehensive privacy regulation in line with the European Union’s GDPR, and I agree. I believe it would be good for the internet if more countries adopted regulation such as GDPR as a common framework,” he said.“New privacy regulation in the United States and around the world should build on the protections GDPR provides,” Zuckerberg noted. “It should protect your right to choose how your information is used, while enabling companies to use information for safety purposes and to provide services.”The rules should also “establish a way to hold companies such as Facebook accountable by imposing sanctions when we make mistakes”.Although bullish about the need for tight data regulations, the executive has refused to meet UK regulators to discuss the well-publicised Cambridge Analytica scandal. When he appeared in front of European Parliament committees and US officials to discuss the issue he was accused of failing to answer direct questions.ControversiesThe comments comes a fortnight after news broke of its latest privacy scandal and two months after the company vowed to fight a fine on its use of customer data by Germany’s competition regulator. The two are the latest in a long line of accusations related to privacy, security and data issues levelled at the social media company.Facebook also faces growing pressure for perceived failings in blocking and deleting controversial, offensive and politically biased content uploaded onto its platforms. The company said it has recently introduced a number of new policies to remove offensive content. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back FacebookMark Zuckerberglast_img read more

Bulgarian government under threat as South Stream construction is stopped

first_img“I have ordered to stop construction until the procedure is agreed with Brussels,” Oresharski said after meeting three US senators in Sofia.The European Commission has a number of objections to the way that the tenders for South Stream projects were carried out. On Friday the European Court of Justice ruled that gas transmission rules passed in 2009 did not violate EU law. But there are a number of other challenges open. The Commission gave written notice to Bulgaria on 2 June that it was initiating an infringement procedure in connection with the award of a contract to Stroytransgaz to build the land section of the pipeline.  Stroytransgaz is a company majority-owned by a Russian businessman who is on the US sanctions list.José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, said at the G7 summit in Brussels last week that Bulgaria should stop construction.Oresharski initially refused to halt construction which caused tension within the Bulgarian government. The Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, a junior coalition partner, has called for early elections and, while the centre-left coalition has agreed to call elections two years earlier than scheduled, it has not given an exact date. Elections are not due until 2016.The suspension of work in Bulgaria has prompted speculation that Serbia will also halt construction. However, Aleksandar Vučić, Serbia’s prime minister, said yesterday that the construction there will proceed as planned. Update 10/6 16:20: Sergei Stanishev, the leader of the largest party in Bulgaria’s coalition government, has called for the government to resign. He said early elections should be held in July.Bulgaria’s government remains in a precarious situation despite an announcement that it will stop work on the South Stream pipeline, as ordered by the European Commission.Plamen Oresharski, Bulgaria’s prime minister, announced on Sunday (8 June) that the government would respond to the European Commission’s request that it halt work on the pipeline until legal issues are resolved.last_img read more

Perpetual Groove Announces Brooklyn Bowl Webcasts

first_imgThis weekend, Perpetual Groove will make their New York return at the famed Brooklyn Bowl venue in Brooklyn, NY. For those who can’t make the shows, fear not, for Nugs.TV has you covered!In-Depth With Brock Butler On The Past, Present, And Future Of Perpetual GrooveP.Groove and Nugs are joining forces for a PPV webcast of the two shows, on October 9th and 10th. Price are quite reasonable, as an HD webcast of both nights will run you only $24.99. SD and single-day options are available too. Check out Nugs.TV for details.Tickets for the shows and more Perpetual Groove tour information can be found on the band’s website.last_img