This is how much people would pay to use some of the world’s most popular apps

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content How much would you pay for Google Maps? Or Facebook? Or Twitter? So many of the applications we use every day are free, but what if you had to pay a monthly subscription? […]

Nearly a third of the globe is now on Facebook – chart of the day

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Formative Content About 2.41 billion people – or nearly a third of the global population – interact with Facebook at least once a month, according to the latest data from the social media giant. The growth in Facebook’s […]

EU is not only obsessed with Facebook but also blaims now innocent websites using social plugins to serve democratic dialogues?

The Court of Justice of the European Union decided last Monday that websites which are using Facebook’s “Like” button should inform their visitors that Facebook will have access to their personal data. Otherwise, they will be held responsible for data breaching jointly with the US tech giant since the data are transmitted to the latter […]

European Elections: “Web giants” are urging users to vote

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Social media platforms and web services, used by millions of Europeans, have joined the effort to remind citizens to cast their votes in European elections. Facebook, Google, Snapchat and Twitter are among the platforms offering extra services to make sure Europeans cast their vote, […]

EU elections update: Can the EU voters vote unaffected from fake news and online disinformation?

EU elections already kicked off yesterday in the UK and the Netherlands with several EU citizens abstaining in Britain due to clerical errors by local councils. The old continent is now following the EU elections closely, worrying about the effect of fake news and growth of far-right parties. The EC published last week various reports concerning […]

Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and consumer protection authorities have welcomed Facebook’s updated terms and services. They now clearly explain how the company uses its users’ data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance their company. The new terms detail what services, Facebook […]

EU Copyright Directive: Will US tech giants comply or ditch the EU market?

The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved yesterday the new Copyright Directive by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. Should the member states accept this vote, the reforms will be effective immediately and EU countries will have two years to implement them. The copyright changes will affect mainly big online platforms […]

EU elections: Can EU citizens’ awareness eradicate fake news more efficiently than Facebook, Twitter and Google?

Last Thursday, the European Commission published the reports of Facebook, Google and Twitter regarding the progress made in January in their voluntary pledges to tackle disinformation. Disinformation is a major challenge globally and for Europe and all stakeholders have to be actively involved in order to address citizens’ exposure to it. However, the US tech […]

Mother of all mergers between Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram: EU Data Privacy restrictions against Facebook’s imperialistic plans

Facebook celebrated its fifteen years last Monday and reported earnings in the last quarter of 2018 despite the scandals brought to light during the previous year. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, stated that there is a plan to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger by 2020 in order to allow users to send messages between these […]

How to stop data leaks

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Algirde Pipikaite, Project Lead, Governance and Policy, World Economic Forum Our data infrastructure is incredibly porous. The latest cybersecurity incidents have highlighted the vulnerabilities created in the mishandling of massive data access by developers of third party applications. […]

Facebook has built an AI-based tool that fixes the social network when it crashes

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Alex Gray, Senior Writer, Formative Content Bugs in computer software can range from mild irritant to huge economic loss, and, in the worst cases, to a tragic loss of life. The vast majority of companies today depend on […]

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU bodies should be allowed to fully audit Facebook to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, said Civil Liberties MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs take note of the privacy improvements undertaken by Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but recall that the […]

Third Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing: data breach prevention and cures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs discussed how to prevent repeats of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal with a Facebook representative and three EU Commissioners on Monday evening. At the third Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing, Richard Allan, Vice-President of Policy Solutions at Facebook, answered MEPs’ questions about how Facebook intends to […]

Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: MEPs pursue personal data breaches probe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The impact of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal on personal data protection will be assessed by MEPs and experts on Monday 4 June. MEPs will discuss the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breaches with key people involved, to obtain a clear and complete picture of what happened. […]

Mark Zuckerberg will be at the European Parliament today to meet President Tajani and the political group chairpersons

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today at 18:00, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, will arrive at the European Parliament for meetings with President Antonio Tajani and the political group chairpersons. He will attend the Conference of Presidents of the Political Groups of the European Parliament. The […]

Mainland Europe adopts Germanic cartel business patterns

As in VW’s diesel engines emissions scandal, in the case of Estonia’s half banking system working as mafia’s financiers, it was the Americans to unveil the wrongdoings. Is it by chance or the Europeans are looking the other way, when it comes to their own dirty laundry? Those calculated frame ups are not only meant […]

EU and U.S. castigate Facebook on Cambridge Analytica scandal as citizens’ data privacy goes down the drain again

Last Monday, the European Commission sent a letter to Facebook asking whether EU citizens were involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The EU is taking the turn from U.S. which has already opened an investigation to find out how Facebook permitted data breach of 50 million users. Facebook has been experiencing fierceful attacks both by […]

Trump’s denial of Paris climate agreement; the US Republicans lash out against the world

Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the UN Paris Climate Agreement is a major foreign policy step, rather difficult to understand. For one thing, the American environmental industry technologically spearheads the world in this domain. The US is a global leader in electric vehicles production, where mainstream vehicles are one of the major contributors to air pollution. […]

How did Facebook fool the Commission that easily during the WhatsApp acquisition?

The European Commission announced yesterday that a Statement of Objections was sent to Facebook accusing the company of providing incorrect or misleading information during the investigation under Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. The aforementioned information was that Facebook had initially reassured the EC that it was not possible to match the user accounts of Facebook and WhatsApp. However, […]

“Be aware where you put your I Agree signature on and something else”; now Facebook by default opts you in an unseen private data bazar

When was the last time you installed an application or software in your mobile, tablet or computer? I bet it was quite recently; yesterday or even a couple of hours ago. Do you remember the smooth popup text box that appears in your screen before the installation of your new widget begins? You know, it’s […]

Zuckerberg, a paella, and the mighty EU questionnaires that would stop Whatsapp acquisition by Facebook?

It was the end of February and we were walking around the Ramblas in Barcelona, at the eve of Mobile World Congress 2014, where the Sting was the only Brussels media that made it to Catalunya. Seduced by the smell of paella and cinnamon, there was one major thing that all the people wearing the magic MWC badge were whispering […]

Is Data Privacy really safe seen through Commissioner’s PRISM?

It was last Friday that the European Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, had a ministerial meeting in Dublin with Mr Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General. The topic of the meeting would have normally been the ongoing discussion on the transatlantic data privacy agreement. That would have been effectively the 15th round of negotiations to bridge […]

Amazon, a pair of shoes and my Data Privacy walks away

Try to remember the last time you shopped from Amazon. Most likely you are another happy consumer that has enjoyed the benefits of e-shopping in terms of service, price and delivery time. It is also highly possible that you already master the plethora of reasons not to get into your car and experience all that […]

Facebook and Google to treat Europe as the 51st State of the USA

On the 4th of February 2013 seventeen prominent US consumer and civil liberties organizations addressed a strong petition letter to highly ranked executives of the American government in Washington and to one American in Brussels, Mr. William Kennard, American Ambassador of the US Mission to the EU. Every European needs to know what all those […]

How many more financial crises in the West can the world stand?

“After five years of crisis the world economy is weakening again”, states bluntly the very first phrase of the editorial of OECD’s latest economic report, published on 28 November. Actually it couldn’t be differently, because the US economy doesn’t seem to respond well to therapy and Europe is in a much worse state. But let’s […]