TikTok’s owner ByteDance agrees to settle $92M class-action lawsuit

According to a document filed in the U.S. District Court in Illinois, China’s ByteDance has agreed to settle a $92 million class-action lawsuit from U.S. TikTok users who had alleged data privacy concerns. ByteDance, TikToko’s owner, has agreed to the settlement after more than a year of litigation. “While we disagree with the assertions, rather…

Alphabet Inc’s Google settles hiring pay bias allegations with $3.8 million

In a statement, the U.S. Department of Labor said Alphabet Inc’s Google will spend $3.8 million, including $2.6 million in back pay, to settle allegations that it unfairly passed over women and Asians for job openings and underpaid women. The allegations stemmed from a routine compliance audit several years ago required by Google’s status as…

France issues digital service tax notices to big tech

In a statement, France’s Finance Ministry said, it has sent out notices to big tech companies to pay digital service tax as planned earlier. Earlier France had suspended collection of the digital service tax, since negotiations were underway at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on an overhaul of international tax rules. The…

Tesla to suspend production at California & NY factory to curb spread of Wuhan coronavirus

In a statement Tesla Inc said, starting from March 24 it will suspend production at its California vehicle factory so as to comply with local orders aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. Tesla’s New York factory will also temporarily suspend production, while operations at its Nevada plant will continue. “Despite taking all known health…

Facebook, Google has up to Nov. 2020 to comply to Australian competition rules

On Thursday, Australia made it lucidly clear to technology giants Facebook Inc and Google Inc that will have to agree and comply to Australia’s new rules, designed to ensure that they do not abuse their market power and damage competition, failing which the government will impose new controls on them. In a statement, Australian Prime…

Office for Civil Rights scrutinizes Google-Ascension data deal

As per a report from the Wall Street Journal, a U.S. federal regulator has initiated an investigation into a cloud computing deal between Alphabet Inc’s Google and Ascension Health which would give Google access to detailed health information of millions of patients. The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services…

Google signs healthcare data deal with Ascension, gets access to health records of millions of Americans

In a deal that provides Alphabet Inc’s Google Inc more data to finetune its artificial intelligence tools, the search giant has signed its biggest cloud computing customer in healthcare to date with Ascension. In a joint statement Ascension, which operates 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities across the United States, and Google…

North Korea made $2 billion through cyber attacks: U.N report

The North Korean regime has managed to increase the sophistication of its cyber attacks, which have successfully targeted banks and cryptocurrency exchanges. According to a confidential report by the United Nations, North Korea has amassed a estimated $2 billion using “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks that targeted banks and cryptocurrency exchanges. North Korea plans on…