20 Jan 2022

The European Commission published the final report of consumer IoT devices competition sector inquiry

The European Commission has published the findings of its competition sector inquiry into consumer IoT devices. The final report recognizes potential competition concerns identified in the preliminary June 2021. The main findings of the inquiry cover the following points:  (1)  The characteristics of consumer IoT products and services, mainly the growth of consumer IoT devices (See more)

20 Jan 2022

European Parliament adopts the draft Digital Services Act

The draft of the Digital Services Act (DSA) has passed the plenary vote in the European Parliament (EP), with important changes introduced through last-minute amendments.  The amendments adopted by the EP included, among others: prohibition of advertising targeting minors, prohibition of the use of highly sensitive personal data (such as racial or ethnic origin, political (See more)

20 Jan 2022

Twitter loses online moderation case in France

Six anti-discrimination advocacy groups have won against Twitter International (Ireland) in case of online content moderation of hate speech in France. The appellate decision of the Paris court confirmed the ruling of the lower court ordered Twitter to share ‘details on the number, nationality, location and spoken language of the people it employs to moderate (See more)

20 Jan 2022

US Federal Reserve Bank considers digital coin

The US Federal Reserve Board has issued a discussion paper titled ‘Money and Payments: The U.S. Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation ’. It has invited comments on several questions on the merits and demerits of  US digital coin. These include the benefits particularly for financial inclusion as well as the risks from a (See more)

20 Jan 2022

Kenya: 14,000 delisted from refugee database

The government of Kenya has delisted 14,000 nationals who had been registered as refugees from the refugees database, paving way for them to acquire national identity cards. This follows several attempts to verify Kenyans whose nationality documentation applications had been rejected. The Kenyans, most of whom hail from regions with refugee camps were registered as (See more)

19 Jan 2022

French MPs support new draft law to protect children online

French MPs have voted in support of a draft law that proposes to protect children from online violence and sexual content. The law proposes to ensure manufacturers the right to pre install  and activate parental control systems in devices sold in France. The bill  has been unanimously approved in the lower house and been sent (See more)

19 Jan 2022

Cynerio’s research highlights IoMT vulnerabilities

Cynerio published a study about IoMT. The research is based on an analysis of over 10 million IoT and IoMT devices collected from current Cynerio implementations at over 300 hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the US and around the world. The study’s main conclusions were as follows: (1) 53% of IoMT and IoT devices (See more)

19 Jan 2022

UK Scientists advice against removing misleading content from social media

An investigation by the Royal Society, the independent scientific academy of the UK, concluded that removing false claims and harmful accounts from social media has little effect to combat disinformation. In fact, it could potentially backfire, driving disinformation to “harder-to-address corners of the internet and exacerbate feelings of distrust in authorities”. Frank Kelly, mathematics professor (See more)

18 Jan 2022

FTC, DOJ seek to change competition rules for Big Tech

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) together with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a review of merger and acquisition approvals to ‘address unique problems raised by the tech industry,’ according to the New York Times. The FTC and the DOJ seek public input in how to deal with the merger surge in 2020 (See more)