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The 3 legal issues in the metaverse that need to be addressed
There have been reports of avatar groping and even gang rape in the metaverse but how virtual assault is regulated is murky territory.
Will the metaverse open the door to targeted ads using biometric data?
Brands are already staking out the commercial opportunities within the metaverse but some experts are raising the alarm about the implications immersive advertising will have for user privacy, safety and consent.
Users of the messaging app will be notified of the changes but won't have to take any action, the company said.
Xiaomi slams Lithuania report that says its devices censor users
Lithuania advised people to throw away their Xiaomi smartphones after a report found one of their mobiles had built-in censorship capabilities.
'Throw away your Chinese phone,' says Lithuania in new report
A report by the country's cyber security agency found that one Chinese smartphone had built-in censorship tech that could detect terms like "Free Tibet".
Chinese kids can have 40 minutes of TikTok a day - as a treat
Under-14s in China will be restricted by a new "youth mode" according to app owner ByteDance, which said the move was aimed at protecting the young online.
Ireland fines WhatsApp €225m for breaking EU data protection rules
Infringements relating to multiple GDPR articles were found. The Facebook-owned messaging platform was also cited for failing to meet its "transparency obligations".
Looking for love? Tinder will need to see your ID
The company said a new option to verify users' ID would be voluntary at first. Japanese users have had to prove their identities since 2019.
Germany bans Facebook from handling WhatsApp data
The regulator suggested that the decision wasn’t just about protecting users' privacy but also to avoid the use of data "to influence voters' decisions to manipulate democratic choices", citing the upcoming 26 September parliamentary elections in Germany.
Who is the real gatekeeper in the EU’s Digital Single Market? | View
Karina Stan of the Developers Alliance anticipates the next wave of EU-driven internet regulation.
Brussels says EU-UK data flows are safe to continue post-Brexit
The decision of the European Commission, which is not yet final, will allow the transfer of personal data between the UK and the EU.
Ireland's data regulator fines Twitter €450,000 over GDPR breaches
Ireland's data regulator fines Twitter €450,000 in first sanction against US firm under GDPR
Europe provides our model for privacy around the world — Apple VP
Cathy Kearney, Apple's VP for European Operations, says the iPhone maker's spending in Europe has increased by 15%
Tech multinationals sued for alleged large-scale GDPR breaches
The damages could exceed €10 billion if the legal proceedings are successful, the NGO filing the cases said.
Coronavirus conundrum: COVID-19 tracking apps that don’t breach privacy
European countries and developers are turning to mobile apps to track the spread of COVID-19, but they have to be careful to comply with strict EU data protection laws.
Could the coronavirus pandemic lead to mass surveillance in Europe?
Life has been upended across Europe. But the coronavirus pandemic has opened up a key question: where is the balance between privacy and public health during this crisis?
EU citizens 'being tracked' on government websites | #TheCube
A report by Danish company CookieBot finds that ad tracking companies are monitoring EU citizens when they search for sensitive health issues on public sector websites.