Social Credit System China: A detailed study, Part 1

Google Social Credit System China and chances are most sites you check out will call it dystopian and Orwellian.

They will tell you how intrusive the Chinese Social Credit System is and how it runs with little regard to data privacy.

Is that really the truth? How bad is the Chinese Social Credit System? Is it unfair and too intrusive Continue reading Social Credit System China: A detailed study, Part 1

Everything you should know about China’s 3-year AI action plan

The Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced its 3-year action plan for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in 2017.

Over the past year since the announcement, experts have come to realize the plan is ambitious to the point of being scary. The proposals set in the MIIT 3-year plan Continue reading Everything you should know about China’s 3-year AI action plan

Government mass surveillance going too far?

How much of government surveillance is too much surveillance is a question that has been troubling people since a long time. But before we analyze that, let’s look at surveillance definition in Wikipedia:

“…surveillance is the monitoring of behavior, activities, or other changing information for the purpose of influencing, managing, directing, or protecting people.”

In case you missed Continue reading Government mass surveillance going too far?

Google will charge smartphone makers for Google Play in Europe

Google has announced it will begin charging smartphone manufacturers a license fee to install Play Store and a number of apps like YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail for all smartphones and tablets meant for sale in the European Union (EU). Continue reading Google will charge smartphone makers for Google Play in Europe

European Union starts probing Amazon for antitrust – and what it could mean

European Union authorities have started checking whether the American online retail giant Amazon.com is using its merchants’ data to eliminate competition and gain an unfair advantage. Questionnaires are being sent out to Amazon merchants to collect more information.

Bloomberg reported the European Union Competition Commissioner Ms Margrethe Vestager Continue reading European Union starts probing Amazon for antitrust – and what it could mean

EU copyright directive (Part 2) with analysis of Article 11 and Article 13

Since the European Union (EU) Parliament has voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, analysts have been discussing the impact of Article 11 and Article 13.

As discussed in our earlier post on EU copyright law a commentary, Article 3 is also important because it recommends Continue reading EU copyright directive (Part 2) with analysis of Article 11 and Article 13

EU approves controversial copyright directive that could change internet forever (Part 1)

The European Union (EU) Parliament has voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, a legislation focused on updating the online EU copyright law, something that will leave an impact much beyond Europe.

The amended version of the EU copyright law Continue reading EU approves controversial copyright directive that could change internet forever (Part 1)

History of Data Protection Laws Part 2

Note: This is the 2nd part of the series: History of Data Protection Laws. If you haven’t read the History of Data Protection Laws Part 1, we recommend you do so before you read this post.

This post covers the remaining acts and guidelines till the end of the 20th century.

 The first part traced the evolution of Data Protection Laws from 1890 to the 1980, when OECD guidelines Continue reading History of Data Protection Laws Part 2