Articles by Foo Yun Chee

EU Top Court to Hear Privacy Issues of Tech Firms’ Personal Data Transfers

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems’ seven-year battle against Facebook reaches a crucial point on Dec. 17 when an adviser to Europe’s top court will issue his view on whether tools used by companies to transfer data abroad are legal or …

EU Regulators to Weigh If Antitrust Rules Fit for Today’s Global, Digital Markets

EU regulators will review two-decade old rules that determine if companies have the market power to throttle rivals or control prices to take into account globalization and digitalisation, Europe’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Monday. Her announcement came amidst …

EU’s Landmark Data Privacy Law, GDPR, Already Providing Global Standard

A landmark European privacy law is making waves worldwide a year after it came into force, fundamentally changing the way data are handled as Facebook, Apple and Google face increasingly frequent complaints. Adopted on May 25 last year, the General …

EU Parliament Approves Law Establishing Basic Rights for Gig Workers

The European Parliament on Tuesday approved a law setting minimum rights for workers in the “gig economy,” a move that may benefit Uber drivers, Deliveroo and Just Eat food couriers and others. Gig workers are usually treated as independent contractors …

EU’s New Copyright Rules Could Hurt Google, Facebook

Google will have to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook filter out protected content under new copyright rules aimed at ensuring fair compensation for the European Union’s $1 trillion creative industries. EU governments on Monday backed the move launched …

EU Lawmakers Target Big Tech Firms’ Unfair Business Practices

EU lawmakers agreed on Thursday to take a tougher stance against tech giants such as Google , Amazon and Apple in new legislation aimed at curbing unfair business practices. A European Parliament committee voted in favor of beefing up draft …

Apple CEO Calls for U.S. Privacy Law to Protect User Data

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday customer data was being “weaponised with military efficiency” by companies to increase profit. Cook, speaking at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, said Apple supported a federal privacy law …

EU Parliament Panel Backs Stricter Copyright Rules Opposed by Tech Leaders

Google, Facebook , Microsoft and other tech giants could face more curbs on their market power after a European Parliament committee voted in favor of tougher copyright rules on Wednesday. The copyright rules, proposed by the European Commission two years …

Uber Case in Europe’s High Court Could Affect Sharing Economy Firms

Uber defended its business model in Europe’s highest court on Tuesday, saying its service had made it easier for people to get around and cut pollution as it fights a case which could leave app-based startups facing tougher regulation. The …

EU Fines Microsoft $731 Million for Breaking Browser Choice Promise

The European Union fined Microsoft Corp €561 million [$731.5 million] on Wednesday for failing to offer consumers a choice of web browser, a charge that will act as a warning to other technology firms involved in antitrust disputes with the …