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Sweeping EU tech legislation could force messaging apps to work together

The big news in tech today is that the European Union (EU) reached an agreement on its ‘Digital Markets Act’ (DMA) that aims to “make the digital sector fairer and more competitive.” Like the EU’s GDPR, the DMA will have wide-reaching impacts, specifically on the world’s biggest tech companies: Google, Apple, Amazon, Meta (Facebook), etc.…

The big news in tech today is that the European Union (EU) reached an agreement on its ‘Digital Markets Act’ (DMA) that aims to “make the digital sector fairer and more competitive.”

Like the EU’s GDPR, the DMA will have wide-reaching impacts, specifically on the world’s biggest tech companies: Google, Apple, Amazon, Meta (Facebook), etc. At least, it will in the EU — Canadians likely won’t be directly impacted, although some of the new regulations in the DMA may have knock-on effects outside Europe (more on this at the end).

To start, let’s dig into some of the biggest changes the DMA brings to tech in Europe.

EU comes for Big Tech

The DMA is set up to target what the EU calls “gatekeepers,” defined as companies controlling one or more core platform services in at least three EU members states. Google’s and Apple’s smartphone app stores are great examples of this since they’re core services available in multiple European countries. However, services like search engines, social networks, cloud services, advertising, voice assistants, web browsers, and more also fall under this umbrella.

Along with the gatekeeper focus, DMA has certain revenue, valuation, and active user thresholds companies need to meet before the regulations take effect. These requirements mean the DMA almost exclusively applies to big tech companies like those mentioned above.

The DMA also outlines punishments for companies that don’t play by the rules. The legislation spells out fines of up to 10 percent of a company’s global turnover, and up to 20 percent fo

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GDPR Anniversary: Farewell to Global Data Lakes

This month marks the fourth anniversary of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As we reflect on our world’s privacy journey, suffice it to say that the regulations are now a driving force behind an organization’s data management and analytics strategy. Privacy is now a top concern for individuals, while organizations still struggle to…

This month marks the fourth anniversary of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As we reflect on our world’s privacy journey, suffice it to say that the regulations are now a driving force behind an organization’s data management and analytics strategy.

Privacy is now a top concern for individuals, while organizations still struggle to balance data privacy with the data analytics demand of the modern economy. We’ve seen US states such as California passing their own privacy laws, making in practice privacy by design a must-do to be able to navigate the complexity of the privacy regulatory landscape.

At the global level, it has become obvious that attempting to redirect data movements from one location to another to try to achieve compliance after the fact is a real challenge and many have chosen to ignore compliance even if it means risking fines and moving on. This strategy of negligence will expose those who choose to neglect to address the foundation of the problem: the data architecture.

The Demise of the Global Data Lake?

Recent developments triggered by data protection activism suggests that we may be close to a turning point with GDPR. Centralized stores of raw data, also known as global data lakes, are now an endangered species and could be relics of the past sooner than we think.

In a post-Schrems II world, international dat

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Apple’s privacy chief talks about backdoors in iOS, GDPR, and more in interview

Privacy has been one of Apple’s main concerns for quite some time, and every year the company announces new ways to make its devices even more secure. This week, ELLE magazine published an interview with Apple’s chief privacy officer Jane Horvath, in which she talks about backdoors in iOS…

Privacy has been one of Apple’s main concerns for quite some time, and every year the company announces new ways to make its devices even more secure. This week, ELLE magazine published an interview with Apple’s chief privacy officer Jane Horvath, in which she talks about backdoors in iOS…
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Did GDPR kill off millions of Android apps?

Less new apps were created following GDPR going into effect as smaller developers found it harder to comply with the new law…

Less new apps were created following GDPR going into effect as smaller developers found it harder to comply with the new law…
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Is the end nigh for end-to-end for encryption? | Alex Hern

Europe’s new Digital Markets Act aims to make larger messaging platforms ‘interoperable’ with smaller ones. No wonder the tech titans are running scaredThe passage of GDPR (general data protection regulation) might seem like ancient history – as does everything before 2020 – but in legislative terms it was a mere blink of an eye ago…

Europe’s new Digital Markets Act aims to make larger messaging platforms ‘interoperable’ with smaller ones. No wonder the tech titans are running scaredThe passage of GDPR (general data protection regulation) might seem like ancient history – as does everything before 2020 – but in legislative terms it was a mere blink of an eye ago and now the European Union has moved on to the next big thing…
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