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France proposes taxing data transferred out of EU

France has proposed the European Union study taxing companies for transferring personal data outside of the bloc, for example in call centres abroad. The proposal is part of a series France has made ahead of an EU summit next month that also includes a call to put in place new…

Google fined $7 million for collecting personal data with Street View

Google struck a deal with US authorities Tuesday to pay a $7 million fine for collecting people’s personal data without authorization as it combed neighborhoods for its Street View service. In a legal settlement with 38 states, the Internet giant agreed to destroy emails, passwords, and web histories it harvested…

User privacy key as Facebook goes public

NEW YORK — Respect for privacy and the personal data of of its hundreds of millions of users is going to be an even greater concern for Facebook as the booming social network prepares to list on Wall Street. “We might see a public Facebook that’s now facing more scrutiny…

EU takes on Internet giants over people’s personal data

The European Commission launches Wednesday a controversial bid to compel Internet giants such as Google or Facebook to give users more control over their personal data or face fines. The proposal championed by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding would force web companies to get consent from customers to collect their data, explain how it will be used, and…

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