Ischgl: Austria sued over Tyrol ski resort’s Covid-19 outbreak (BBC)

BBC: Ischgl: Austria sued over Tyrol ski resort’s Covid-19 outbreak. “A consumer rights group is taking legal action against the Austrian government over Covid-19 outbreaks at ski resorts in the western Tyrol region this year. The group has filed four civil suits for now, but said it hoped to bring at least one class action lawsuit next year on behalf of thousands of people.”

Washington Post: Dozens of Austrians puzzled after receiving U.S. stimulus checks, banks say

Washington Post: Dozens of Austrians puzzled after receiving U.S. stimulus checks, banks say. “Hundreds of people have cashed U.S. stimulus checks at Austrian banks in recent months. Some of them appeared puzzled by the unexpected payments or were ineligible for the payouts, according to bank officials and Austrian media reports.”

Reuters: Internet giants could be fined up to $12 million under Austrian hate speech law

Reuters: Internet giants could be fined up to $12 million under Austrian hate speech law. “Austria plans to oblige large internet platforms like Facebook and Google to delete illegal content within days and impose fines of up to 10 million euros ($12 million) in case of non-compliance, the government said on Thursday.”

ARTnet News: Following Coronavirus Closures, Museums in Germany, Austria Plan Reopenings

ARTnet News: Following Coronavirus Closures, Museums in Germany, Austria Plan Reopenings. “Per a report in the Art Newspaper, small museums in the German state of Brandenburg were the first to reopen their doors to the public today, albeit with strict security precautions, including the widespread use of disinfectant and the use of credit cards in place of cash. Thuringia has announced a reopening date of April 28 for its cultural institutions, though the German Association of Museums stated institutions in the country’s larger metropolitan centers may not reopen until May.”

Ubergizmo: Austria Drafts Law That Makes It Illegal To Leave Internet Comments Anonymously

Ubergizmo: Austria Drafts Law That Makes It Illegal To Leave Internet Comments Anonymously. “The government has drafted a law that would essentially make it illegal to leave comments on websites anonymously. This essentially would require users to register their real names and addresses when making online comments, which presumably would hold internet users more accountable to the things that they say online.”

TorrentFreak: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules

TorrentFreak: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules. “The Higher Regional Court of Vienna, Austria, has ruled that YouTube can’t be held liable for infringing videos uploaded by users. The Court overturned a previous verdict which held that YouTube takes an “active role,” which disqualifies it from safe harbor protection. Rightsholder Puls 4 is disappointed with the outcome and will take the case to the Supreme Court.”

TechCrunch: ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech

TechCrunch: ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech. “Austria’s Supreme Court is referring a legal challenge over the extent of Facebook’s responsibility to remove hate speech postings to Europe’s top court for an opinion…. The case has clear implications for freedom of speech online. The original lawsuit against Facebook was filed by the former leader of the Austrian Green Party, Eva Glawischnig, in 2016, after she had sought to have what she claimed were defamatory postings removed from the site (and Facebook had refused to take them down).”

Phys.org: Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

Phys.org: Google Street View finally captures missing Austria. “In 2010, Google had begun to roll out its service in Austria and neighbouring Germany but was ordered to halt operations over alleged privacy breaches. The company admitted that vehicles had accidentally recorded personal data from wireless networks. Although Austria lifted its temporary ban a year later, Street View decided not return to the alpine nation—until now.”

Reuters: Austrian court rules Facebook must delete ‘hate postings’

Reuters: Austrian court rules Facebook must delete ‘hate postings’. “Facebook must remove postings deemed as hate speech, an Austrian court has ruled, in a legal victory for campaigners who want to force social media companies to combat online ‘trolling’. The case – brought by Austria’s Green party over insults to its leader – has international ramifications as the court ruled the postings must be deleted across the platform and not just in Austria, a point that had been left open in an initial ruling.”

Bloomberg Quint: You Think Google Search Is Free? Austria Seeks to Tax It Anyway

Bloomberg Quint: You Think Google Search Is Free? Austria Seeks to Tax It Anyway. “Austria is seeking ways to make digital services like Alphabet Inc.’s Google or Facebook Inc. pay taxes for transactions with the nation’s internet users, trying to plug gaps in a tax system still designed for brick-and-mortar business.”