Google, Facebook may be slapped with new tax in New Zealand

New Zealand’s government announced plans on Monday for a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there’s a gap that needs to be closed. “Our current tax system is not fair in the way that it […]

Facebook ‘digital gangsters’ violated privacy laws: UK MPs

A scathing British parliamentary report on Monday branded Facebook “digital gangsters” that knowingly violated data privacy and competition laws. Lawmakers’ 18-month investigation into disinformation and “fake news” also accused Facebook of failing to faithfully fight Russia’s alleged attempts to influence elections. Cultural select committee chair Damian Collins said Facebook “deliberately sought to frustrate our work […]

India to use artificial intelligence for good governance: Suresh Prabhu

The government will use artificial intelligence (AI) for good governance but protect the privacy of citizens, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu said on Monday. Proper regulations and corrective action will be taken to protect citizen’s privacy and ownership of data, he said adding that India is transporting more data than the United […]

Cannot disclose data on phone tapping permissions: MHA

The number of permissions given to central agencies for phone tapping cannot be disclosed as it would prejudicially affect interests of the state, might endanger a person or impede the process of investigation, the Home Ministry said in response to an RTI query. The applicant had sought to know the number of sanctions issued by […]

Shortage of skilled IT workforce looms over India: Nasscom

As the demand for disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Analytics grows, shortage of a skilled IT workforce to run them is posing a challenge to the stake-holders, Nasscom, the industry’s apex body, has said. “There is an urgent need to re-skill about 50 per cent of India’s IT workforce, as demand for […]

Hackers steal over 600 mn account details from 16 websites

Hackers have made available on the dark web details of some 617 million accounts stolen from 16 websites including ShareThis, Dubsmash and MyFitnessPal among others, The Register reported. It has been claimed that databases, which are aimed at making “life easier” for hackers, can be purchased from the Dream Market cyber-souk, located in the Tor […]

India targets Facebook in backlash against U.S. giants

India’s government dealt retail giants Amazon.com and Walmart a devastating blow this year with new policies undermining their growth plans. Now U.S. social media pioneers Facebook and Twitter are in danger of suffering similar setbacks in what is perhaps the world’s most important emerging technology market. In the latest skirmish, the government is targeting Facebook […]