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Satellite operator to be sold again

Satellite communications operator Inmarsat is set to be sold to Viasat for $7.3 billion two years after agreeing to bolster its cybersecurity capabilities.

08 November 2021

US government sanctions NSO Group

The Department of Commerce has sanctioned Israeli firms NSO Group and Candiru on the grounds that they developed and supplied spyware used to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers.

03 November 2021

Blackstone’s Ancestry.com acquisition violated genetic data law, lawsuit claims

Ancestry.com users say they had no way to prevent investment management company Blackstone from collecting their genetic data following the announcement of last year’s acquisition.

02 November 2021

Can California achieve data adequacy?

As negotiations between the US and EU over trans-Atlantic data flows move at a snail’s pace, a member of California’s newly constructed privacy regulator has floated the idea of the state achieving GDPR adequacy.

13 September 2021

Report sounds alarm over companies brokering active-duty military data

New research has found that at least three of the world’s 10 largest data brokers sell information on US active-duty military personnel – a situation critics say jeopardises national security.

25 August 2021

EU launches Phase II probe into Facebook/Kustomer deal

The European Commission has opened an in-depth examination of Facebook’s acquisition of customer service platform Kustomer, following concerns about the amount of personal data Facebook would be able to access.

12 August 2021

European enforcers call for DMA enforcement coordination

The heads of Europe's national antitrust authorities have said they should jointly enforce the Digital Markets Act with the European Commission, as it would be challenging for the EU enforcer to sufficiently apply the new rules on its own.

05 July 2021

Digital economy to remain a priority for China

A top official at China’s antitrust authority has said that strong competition policy is necessary to develop the digital economy for the benefit of consumers, suggesting that enforcement in the sector will remain a key priority for the agency.

18 June 2021

EU governments voice concerns about DMA

Government ministers in Germany, France and the Netherlands have urged the European Commission to strengthen the Digital Markets Act by introducing tougher merger notification provisions and making sure member states can themselves challenge digital platforms.

01 June 2021

Verizon selling Yahoo! for $5 billion after failed data strategy

Verizon is selling Yahoo! and AOL for about $5 billion some five years after buying them for nearly the same price, in a deal seen by some as an admission that the telecoms giant’s data and digital advertising strategies were a failure.

05 May 2021

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