Feb 16, 2018 - Technology

Belgian court deals privacy loss to Facebook

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A court in Brussels told Facebook to halt its collection of data generated when its users are on the internet but away from the social network, according to multiple reports.

Why it matters: The court is threatening the company with a fine as high as 100 million Euros — with daily fines of a quarter-of-a-million Euros — if it doesn't comply with the ruling. Facebook is taking a beating on privacy issues in Europe, with a German court contesting the company's data practices earlier this week.

What's next: “We are disappointed with today’s verdict and intend to appeal," said Richard Allen, the company's Middle East North Africa public policy Vice President, in a statement. “We are preparing for the new General Data Protection Regulation with our lead regulator the Irish Data Protection Commissioner."

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Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations

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President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the New York Times first reported.

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump's Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Impeachment: Then & now

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We are living in a measurably different political and media landscape than when the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges in 1999.

The big picture: These dynamics are setting the pace as President Trump’s legal team speeds through arguments to seek a fast acquittal.

Huawei threatens America's closest relationship

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is inching toward a decision that could profoundly harm the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States under President Trump.

Driving the news: Johnson is expected to decide, as soon as this week, whether to defy Trump's request that he ban Chinese technology giant Huawei from the U.K.'s 5G wireless network.