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Twitter is Being Investigated Over Data Collection In Its Link-Shortening System

New submitter DavidDoherty writes: The Ireland Data Protection Commission is investigating Twitter because the company refused to provide their t.co (URL shortening service owned and used by Twitter) web link tracking data to UK professor, Michael Veale. “Their refusal to comply with the request is potentially a violation of the EU’s allowance for requests under GDPR. The privacy expert said ... Read More »

UK Steps Towards Zero-Carbon Economy

The UK is taking a tentative step towards a radical “green” future with zero emissions of greenhouse gases. From a report: The government is formally seeking Climate Change Committee (CCC) guidance about how and when to make this leap. If it happens it would mark an extraordinary transformation of an economy built on burning fossil fuels. The decision was prompted ... Read More »

US Senators Urge India To Soften Data Localization Stance

Two U.S. senators have called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to soften India’s stance on data localization, warning that measures requiring it represent “key trade barriers” between the two nations. From a report: In a letter to Modi dated Friday and seen by Reuters, U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Mark Warner — co-chairs of the Senate’s India caucus that ... Read More »

Software Freedom Conservancy Shares Thoughts on Microsoft Joining Open Invention Network’s Patent Non-Aggression Pact

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it was joining the open-source patent consortium Open Invention Network (OIN). The press release the two shared this week was short on details on how the two organizations intend to work together and what does the move mean to, for instance, the billions of dollars Microsoft earns each year from its Android patents (since ... Read More »

Our Reliance on Cellphones Began 35 Years Ago This Week

With 95% of Americans owning a cellphone, it can feel like we’ve been calling, texting, and tweeting on the go forever. But the infrastructure supporting our cellphones has actually not been around that long. From a report: While we’re now on 4G networks, it was only 35 years ago this week that Ameritech (now part of AT&T) launched 1G, or ... Read More »