Articles by Julia Fioretti

GDPR Day 1: Wake-Up Call for Many; Media Sites Shut EU Access

New European privacy regulations went into effect on Friday that will force companies to be more attentive to how they handle customer data. The ramifications were visible from day one, with major U.S.-media outlets including the LA Times and Chicago …

With Just Weeks to Go for GDPR, Europe’s Regulators Say They’re Underfunded, Unprepared

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS/PARIS— Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web. There’s one problem: many of the regulators who will police it say they aren’t ready yet. …

Facebook Responds to EU’s New Data Law with Changes to Privacy Controls

Facebook will make it easier for its more than 2 billion users to manage their own data in response to a tough new European Union law that comes into force in May, the social network’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg …

Is Uber an App or Transport Firm? EU’s Top Court to Rule This Week

A debate in Europe over whether ride-hailing app Uber is merely a digital company or one providing transport services will be decided when the top European Union court hands down its verdict on Wednesday in a highly anticipated case. While …

Uber’s Food-Delivery Business to Provide Insurance for Couriers in Europe

Uber’s food-delivery business will begin offering an insurance package to its couriers in Europe, a move to address the conditions of “gig economy” workers. Riders for food-delivery companies such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo are typically self-employed and the firms …

EU Looks to Strengthen Cyber Defenses

Growing cyber crime has spurred proposals to strengthen the European Union’s specially dedicated security agency and set up a fund to help countries who suffer such attacks. An increase in ransomware attacks such as this year’s WannaCry worm that locked …

Facebook Opens Up About How It Is Removing Terrorist Content

Facebook Inc. on Thursday offered new insight into its efforts to remove terrorism content, a response to political pressure in Europe to militant groups using the social network for propaganda and recruiting. Facebook has ramped up use of artificial intelligence …

Uber Faces Biggest Challenge to European Plans in Region’s Top Court

Uber faces the biggest challenge yet to its European roll-out after the region’s top court was advised to rule that the U.S. ride-hailing firm is actually a transport service not an app. Although the opinion of the Court of Justice …

EU Guidelines Seek to Limit Crackdown on Uber, Airbnb

European Union governments should not ban services like home-rental site Airbnb or ride-hailing app Uber except as a last resort, the EU says in new guidelines, seeking to rein in a crackdown on the “sharing economy.” In guidelines seen by …

EU Adopts New, Tougher Rules for Tracking Jetliners

The European Union on Wednesday adopted new rules to make it easier to track jetliners, stepping up international efforts to prevent a repeat of the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board. The move is the …