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France Data Privacy Watchdog Slaps €150M Fine on Google for Misusing ‘Cookies’

PARIS – France’s data privacy watchdog CNIL said on Thursday it had fined Alphabet’s Google a record 150 million euros ($169 million) for making it difficult for internet users to refuse online trackers known as cookies. Meta Platforms’ Facebook was …

Google Faces Heavy Fines in Russia After Court Rules in Favor of Putin Ally

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is facing potentially heavy fines in Russia after a court ruled it must unblock the YouTube account of a TV channel owned by a sanctioned ally of President Vladimir Putin. The Moscow Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeals …

Google Sues Russians for Alleged ‘Borderless’ Organized Cyber Crime Operation

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is suing two Russian nationals it claims are part of a criminal enterprise that has silently infiltrated more than a million computers and devices around the world, creating “a modern technological and borderless incarnation of organized crime.” …

How Big Tech Is Faring in U.S. Lawsuits and Probes

Big Tech platforms Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, and Google have been hit with a series of antitrust lawsuits by the U.S. federal government and states on charges they are operating monopolies and abusing their power. Below is …

Lawmakers Introduce Liability, Competition Bills Targeting Giant Internet Firms

The biggest U.S. tech companies would face new constraints under two bills announced Thursday after a month of revelations from a Facebook Inc. whistle-blower sparked fresh calls to rein in an industry that has largely escaped regulation so far. A …

INSIGHT: How Big Tech Ethics Panels Are Putting Brakes on AI

In September last year, Google’s cloud unit looked into using artificial intelligence to help a financial firm decide whom to lend money to. It turned down the client’s idea after weeks of internal discussions, deeming the project too ethically dicey …

Russia TV Channel Abandons Talks with Google to Get YouTube Account Unblocked

MOSCOW – Tsargrad TV, a news channel owned by a sanctioned Russian businessman, said it had abandoned talks with Google to have its YouTube account unblocked and on Monday accused the U.S. group of dragging its feet in negotiations. Google …

Global Regulators Warned About Entry of ‘Big Tech’ Firms into Financial Services

Central banks and financial regulators urgently need to get to grips with the growing influence of “Big Tech,” according to top officials from central bank umbrella group the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Global watchdogs are increasingly wary that the …

Court Says Google Must Face Shareholder Lawsuit Over Hiding Security Risks

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday revived a lawsuit in which shareholders of Google parent Alphabet Inc. accused the company of fraudulently concealing security vulnerabilities, including in its Google+ social network. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San …

Facebook, Google CEOs Suggest How to Reform Internet Immunity Law

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out steps to reform a key internet law on Wednesday, saying that companies should have immunity from liability only if they follow best practices for removing damaging material from their platforms. In testimony prepared …