Europe’s top court has ruled ISPs can be forced to hand over the details of customers who are alleged to have downloaded material illegally online - but only if they meet certain criteria.
That’s the latest judgement in another case involving Cyprus-based Mircom International Content Management Consulting, and Belgian ISP Telenet.
The complex case - which involves a number of legal arguments - appears to pivot on the balance between enforcement of IP rights and the data protection of the individuals accused of infringing them.
Version 0.4 of the Yggdrasil networking platform is imminent, bringing with it improved performance and routing.
Currently at the Release Candidate stage, version 0.4 is quite a different beast to its predecessor. This means that a configuration backup would be a good idea since v0.4 nodes will not peer with v0.3 nodes. "We will be wiping the public peers list around the time of release as a result," said the project's Neil Alexander.
Germany's competition watchdog, the Bundeskartellamt, today said it has opened a preliminary investigation into Apple's grip on the market and its walled garden ecosystem.
The Bundeskartellamt said it seeks to determine whether Apple is "of paramount significance" across the various markets it caters for with its services including the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, and others.
"An ecosystem which extends across various markets may be an indication that a company holds such a position. It is often very difficult for other companies to challenge such a position of power," the watchdog said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another casualty: Google Campus, the flash Shoreditch startup hub launched in 2012 to grow London's tech scene.
Google said the pandemic had "demonstrated" it could somehow support the startup community without occupying a seven-storey building in the heart of Central London. The shift to remote working, it added, had allowed it to support fledgling businesses beyond the perimeter of the Tube network.
The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has finalised its guidance to businesses in how they should proceed following the Schrems II ruling which struck down the Privacy Shield data-sharing arrangement between the EU and the US.
In its final version of the recommendations [PDF] on supplementary measures to accommodate the ruling, the EDPB said the transfer of data could be impinged on if legislation in a third country allows authorities to access data transferred from the EU, even without the importer's intervention.
In the Schrems II ruling, named after Austrian privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems, the EU Court of Justice said that Section 702 of the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act together with a US presidential order and a policy directive on data collection by spies failed to meet EU data protection requirements.
Its work with the UK government has once again proven a boon to troubled outsourcer Capita. The business said today it would sell Axelos – the joint venture set up with the Cabinet Office in 2013 – to assessment and certification outfit PeopleCert for £380m.
The sale of Capita's 51 per cent stake in the JV should mean it can trouser £172.5m once all done and dusted.
For Capita, the cash will be used to strengthen the company's balance sheet, pay off some debt and help fund the ongoing running of the operation.
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Updated The Hubble Space Telescope has continued to resist efforts by NASA last week to bring its payload computer back online.
It has now been more than a week since the computer halted on Sunday 13 June. An attempt to restart it the following Monday failed with initial indications pointing to a failing memory module.
At the time, a NASA spokesperson told The Register that the veteran telescope only required one of its four memory modules and so planned to swap to a backup module in order to resume operations.
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