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Web watchdog warns over knee-jerk regulation of social networks

Image copyright Getty Images Government regulation of social media and the internet could have “unintended consequences” for victims of sexual abuse, a charity has warned. The Internet Watch Foundation said that “knee-jerk regulation” in response to a string of data and privacy scandals could come at a “heavy cost”. The UK government is expected to publish a White Paper that will lay out how it plans to tackle “online harms”. Culture Minister Jeremy Wright said it would be published in the coming weeks. He told the BBC’s Dave Lee: “We…

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Exclusive: India watchdog probes accusations that Google abused Android – sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Android One based mobiles are on display during its launch in New Delhi September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has for the past six months been reviewing a case similar to one Google faced in Europe that led to a fine of 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) by…

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Telecoms watchdog says Swisscom overcharged rivals

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Switzerland’s Swisscom telecommunications is seen at an office building in Zurich, Switzerland November 22, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has retroactively cut some regulated prices that Swisscom charges rivals, the agency said on Tuesday after concluding that some of its prices were too high. “Responding to requests from Sunrise and Salt, the Federal Communications Commission has reviewed the prices charged for the regulated telecoms services offered by Swisscom. In many cases, these prices have been reduced with retroactive…

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Canada securities watchdog says crypto firm Quadriga beyond its purview

(Reuters) – British Columbia Securities Commission, the province’s securities regulator, said on Thursday that it does not regulate Quadriga CX, the Vancouver, B.C.-based digital platform whose founder died in December, trapping millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies in its accounts. The Canadian regulator said it has been aware of the company’s operations since 2017 but has not had any indication that it was trading in securities or derivatives or if it operated as an exchange, which would put it under its purview. “As such, BCSC does not regulate it,” spokesman Brian…

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Irish data watchdog investigates Twitter over privacy rules breach

FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo DUBLIN (Reuters) – Twitter’s lead regulator in the European Union, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), said on Friday it was investigating the company for a breach notification received from the social networking site. “The DPC has this week opened a new statutory inquiry into the latest data breach it received from Twitter on 8 January, 2019,” said the Commission in a statement posted on its website. “This inquiry will examine a discreet issue…

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Police misconduct: Watchdog ‘bringing wrong cases’

Image copyright Getty Images Only five police officers in England and Wales were dismissed in the last three years following misconduct cases ordered by the police watchdog. The BBC also found in two-thirds of the 48 cases pursued by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) “gross misconduct” charges were not proven. The Police Federation said the IOPC was bringing the “wrong cases” and officers often had to wait years to be cleared. The IOPC said its approach had been legally tested and was “appropriate”. The watchdog has the power…

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Tencent shares spike as China watchdog flags video game approvals

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Tencent Holdings Ltd’s shares surged on Friday after a local regulatory official said some new video games had been cleared for sale, ending a lengthy freeze in approvals that has spooked players in the world’s largest gaming market. FILE PHOTO: A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, Dec. 4, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song Feng Shixin, a senior official of the ruling Communist Party’s Propaganda department, said in a speech at a gaming conference in the southern city of Haikou…

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China watchdog flags video game approvals; Tencent shares jump

FILE PHOTO: A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, Dec. 4, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Tencent Holdings Ltd’s shares jumped by as much as 4.2 percent on Friday after a regulatory official said that some new games have been cleared for sale after a lengthy freeze in approvals. Feng Shixin, a senior official of the ruling Communist Party’s Propaganda department, said in a speech at a gaming conference in Haikou on Friday that a first batch of approvals for…

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Fall in ‘vital’ fire safety checks, watchdog finds

Image copyright Getty Images Fire safety checks across England have fallen by 42% over the last seven years, according to the new watchdog for fire and rescue services. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services says brigades do a good job in emergencies, but amid cuts have reduced “vital” prevention work. Avon was rated “inadequate” in its fire regulation work. The Home Office said it wanted services to take “urgent action” where any failings had been identified. Of the 14 mainly rural services that have been inspected so far,…

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New environmental watchdog to get legal teeth after Brexit

Image copyright Reuters Plans for a new green watchdog to protect the environment after Brexit have been outlined by the government. Ministers say the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) will be an independent statutory body to safeguard environmental standards. It will have the power to take the government to court to enforce environmental law after Brexit. Green groups question its independence and doubt the structure will replicate the EU’s environmental protections. Why is a new law needed? About 80% of the UK’s environmental laws have been forged in partnership with…

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