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    Google’s ‘no choice’ screen on Android isn’t working, says Ecosia — querying the EU’s approach ...

    Google alternative Ecosia is on a mission to turn search clicks into trees. The Berlin based not-for-profit reached a major milestone earlier this month, having used ad revenue generated by users of its privacy-sensitive search engine to plant more than 100 million trees across 25 countries worldwide — targeted at biodiversity hotspots. However these good feels have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Ecosia  has ...
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    EU lawmakers set out guidance for coronavirus contacts tracing apps

    The European Commission  has published detailed guidance for Member States on developing coronavirus contacts tracing and warning apps. The toolbox, which has been developed by the e-Health Network with the support of the Commission, is intended as a practical guide to implementing digital tools for tracking close contacts between device carriers as a proxy for infection risk that seeks to steer Member States ...
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    Google gobbling Fitbit is a major privacy risk, warns EU data protection advisor

    The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has intervened to raise concerns about Google’s  plan to scoop up the health and activity data of millions of Fitbit users — at a time when the company is under intense scrutiny over how extensively it tracks people online and for antitrust concerns. Google confirmed its plan to acquire Fitbit  last November, saying it would pay $7.35 per share for the wearable ...
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    Qualcomm faces fresh competition scrutiny in Europe over RFFE chips for 5G

    Qualcomm is facing fresh antitrust scrutiny from the European Commission, with the regulator raising questions about radio frequency front-end (RFFE) chips which can be used in 5G devices. The chipmaker has been expanding into selling RFFE chips for 5G devices, per Reuters, encouraging buyers of its 5G modems to also buy its radio frequency front-end chips, rather than buying from other ...
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    Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court

    Airbnb  will be breathing a sigh of relief today: Europe’s top court has judged it to be an online platform which merely connects people looking for short term accommodation, rather than a full-blown estate agent. The ruling may make it harder for the ‘home sharing’ platform to be forced to comply with local property regulations — at least under current regional ...