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Alphabet CEO backs temporary ban on facial-recognition, Microsoft disagrees

20 Jan 2020

BRUSSELS The EU's proposal for a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology won backing from Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Monday but got a cool response from Microsoft President Brad Smith.

UPDATE 1-Alphabet CEO backs temporary ban on facial-recognition technology over misuse worry

20 Jan 2020

BRUSSELS, Jan 20 The chief executive of Google parent company Alphabet on Monday backed an EU proposal to temporarily ban facial-recognition technology because of the possibility that it could be used for nefarious purposes.

Google owner calls for 'proportionate approach' to AI regulation

20 Jan 2020

BRUSSELS, Jan 20 Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google-owner Alphabet, urged regulators on Monday to take a "proportionate approach" when drafting rules for artificial intelligence (AI), days before the European Commission is due to publish proposals on the issue.

EU mulls five-year ban on facial recognition tech in public areas

16 Jan 2020

BRUSSELS The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five years, to give it time to work out how to prevent abuses, according to proposals seen by Reuters.

Facebook EU user data transfer contracts are legal, but risks ahead: EU court adviser

19 Dec 2019

LUXEMBOURG Agreements that let Facebook and other firms send European citizens' data to the United States and other countries are valid, a key EU court adviser said on Thursday, although he left room for such transfers to be blocked if European data protection standards are not met in countries receiving the information.

Airbnb wins fight to remain exempt from European property rules

19 Dec 2019

LUXEMBOURG U.S. homesharing site Airbnb on Thursday won its battle to remain exempt from onerous European property regulations, as the EU's top court ruled it was an online platform and not a property agent. | Video

Exclusive: Nvidia to win unconditional EU okay for $6.8 billion Mellanox buy - sources

19 Dec 2019

BRUSSELS U.S. chipmaker Nvidia is set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $6.8 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies , people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Online service or property agent? EU court to define Airbnb's status

18 Dec 2019

LUXEMBOURG U.S. homesharing site Airbnb will get a better idea of how it should be labelled when Europe's top court rules on Thursday on the tricky question of whether it is an online booking service or a real estate agent subject to onerous rules.

Crunch moment for Facebook in clash with privacy activist Schrems

18 Dec 2019

LUXEMBOURG Facebook's clash with Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems reaches a critical point on Thursday when an adviser to Europe's top court will offer his view on whether tools used by companies to transfer data abroad protect European citizens' data.

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