Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development readies launch of global digital tax readies

France has accused the United States of trying to undermine international negotiations on updating the cross-border taxation regime; Paris has urged the EU to prepare for an EU tax as a fallback option if negotiations fails. Nearly 140 countries are negotiating the first major rewrite of the international tax framework to account for the rise…

Estonia’s parliament passes ‘Huawei law’ for telecom equipment security

In a significant development, Estonia’s parliament has approved a new law – Electronics Communications Act – to ensure that proper security reviews are undertaken for the installation of telecom equipment for future communication networks. The law, which lawmakers dubbed the “Huawei law” in reference to the Chinese telecommunications company, leaves the details of implementation to…

White House unveils regulatory principles that will govern usage of AI

On Tuesday, the White House proposed regulatory principles to govern the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at limiting authorities’ “overreach”; it also said, it wants European authorities to follow its lead and avoid aggressive approaches. Producing a fact sheet the White House said, federal agencies should “conduct risk assessment and cost-benefit analyses…

European Commission to decide on Nvidia’s bid to acquire Mellanox Technologies for $6.8 billion by Dec. 19

Data from the European Commission’s website shows that U.S. chipmaker Nvidia did not offer any concessions to EU antitrust regulators who are examining its $6.8 billion bid to acquire Mellanox Technologies. The European Commission is set to take a decision on Nvidia’s biggest-ever acquisition by December 19. It is to be seen whether the EC…

Due diligence on cryptocurrencies a must before they are widely adopted: EU Finance Ministers

Finance ministers from the European Union have agreed that private digital currencies including Facebook’s Libra should not be allowed in the European Union until potential risks surrounding them are clearly addressed. The move confirms the tough stance claimed by the EU on stablecurrencies such as Facebook’s Libra, which incidentally has attracted criticism from global regulators…

Car production in Britain will take significant hit if Brexit leads to tariffs with EU: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

A British trade body has warned that the country’s annual car production is likely to drop by a third to 1 million by 2024 if Brexit leads to tariffs with the European Union; the output will be lost to other nations. Britons are staring at an elections in just over two weeks with Prime Minister…