US regulators take first step toward new data privacy rules

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a new notice calling for input into how tech companies handle consumer data, a crucial first step in setting binding rules for the industry. Formally known as an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), the filing calls for public comment on data collection, algorithmic discrimination, and commercial surveillance. The … Read more

FTC orders Harley-Davidson to follow right-to-repair rules

The US Federal Trade Commission has ordered Harley-Davidson and generator company MWE Investments to stop voiding customer warranties over repairs, marking a new step in the FTC’s fight over right-to-repair issues. The order covers Harley-Davidson’s motorcycles and Westinghouse outdoor generators and related equipment, which is manufactured by MWE. Both companies must remove illegal terms in … Read more

Big Tech backs EU’s tougher rules versus disinformation

What you need to know The European Commission has tightened rules governing how tech giants deal with deep fakes, bots, impersonation, and fake accounts. Under the new rules, Big Tech could face massive fines if they fail to combat disinformation. Google, Meta, Twitter, Twitch, TikTok, and Clubhouse are among the 38 companies that have signed … Read more

EU Strengthens Disinformation Rules to Target Deepfakes, Bots, Fake Accounts

What’s happening The EU has overhauled its Code of Practice on disinformation to strengthen rules around how tech companies tackle problems including deepfakes, bots and fake accounts. Why it matters The revised code will mean that tech companies could incur massive fines for failing to take action on disinformation. What’s next Signatories to the code, … Read more

Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Google and others agree to new EU rules to fight disinformation

Tech companies operating some of the world’s biggest online platforms — including Facebook-owner Meta, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Twitch, and TikTok — have signed up to a new EU rulebook for tackling online disinformation. These firms and others will have to make greater efforts to halt the spread of fake news and propaganda on their platforms, … Read more

VPN firms are removing servers in India ahead of new rules – TechCrunch

NordVPN, one of the most popular VPN providers, is the latest to confirm that it will be removing its servers in India ahead of the nation enforcing new strict guidelines later this month. The  Lithuania-based firm, which counts General Catalyst and Novator among its backers and is valued at $1.6 billion, said on Tuesday that … Read more

New EU Rules on USB-C Charging Could Force an iPhone Redesign

Legislators in the European Union have selected one charging port to rule them all. And that charging port is USB-C. On Tuesday, EU officials ruled that any mobile electronic devices sold within the EU must come with a USB-C charging port by the fall of 2024. The new mandate applies to rechargeable mobile devices like … Read more

New EU Rules on USB-C Charging Could Force an iPhone Redesign

Legislators in the European Union have selected one charging port to rule them all. And that charging port is USB-C. On Tuesday, EU officials ruled that any mobile electronic devices sold within the EU must come with a USB-C charging port by the fall of 2024. The new mandate applies to rechargeable mobile devices like … Read more

Europe seals deal on USB Type-C common charger rules – TechCrunch

European Union co-legislators have reached provisional agreement on a common charging solutions for smartphones, laptops, tablets and other small and medium sized electronics — some 15 different categories in all — agreeing that, by autumn 2024, USB Type C will be the common charging port for in scope devices. Laptop makers have been given a … Read more