Reuters: EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to ‘do more’ for users

Reuters: EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to ‘do more’ for users. “Europe’s justice commissioner told Facebook, Twitter and Google on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, saying proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient.”

EU Science Hub: World’s biggest city database shines light on our increasingly urbanised planet

EU Science Hub: World’s biggest city database shines light on our increasingly urbanised planet. “The JRC [Joint Research Centre] has launched a new tool with data on all 10,000 urban centres scattered across the globe. It is the largest and most comprehensive database on cities ever published.”

Deutsche Welle: Does Germany really have 25,000 castles?

Deutsche Welle: Does Germany really have 25,000 castles?. “How many castles are there in Germany? Which one is the highest? Which one is the oldest? Nobody really knows the answer — at least not yet. The European Castle Institute wants to put an end to the confusion. … In Braubach, not far from Koblenz, the EBI has started to establish a record of every single castle in the country, information which it is uploading into a public database called EBIDAT. “

Bloomberg Quint: Google in Race to Deflect More Fines as Shopping Foes Cry Foul

Bloomberg Quint: Google in Race to Deflect More Fines as Shopping Foes Cry Foul. “Google faces a Sunday deadline to defend changes to its shopping service that left old foes clamoring for a new wave of European Union antitrust fines. Still smarting from last year’s record 2.4 billion euro ($3 billion) penalty, Google must submit the first report to the EU on how it has met a strict demand from regulators to give smaller competitors a fairer deal.”

BetaNews: Facebook to roll out new privacy tools ahead of European GDPR laws

BetaNews: Facebook to roll out new privacy tools ahead of European GDPR laws. “Facebook has faced numerous complaints and accusations when it comes to privacy, and nowhere has this been more obvious than in Europe. In response to European Union plans to change the laws concerning the privacy of personal data, the social network is on the verge of rolling out a new privacy center to users. The upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to give people more control over their personal data, and it is due to come into force in May.”

TechCrunch: WTF is GDPR?

TechCrunch: WTF is GDPR?. “The General Data Protection Regulation (aka GDPR) was agreed after more than three years of negotiations between the EU’s various institutions. It’s set to apply across the 28-Member State bloc as of May 25, 2018. That means EU countries are busy transposing it into national law via their own legislative updates (such as the UK’s new Data Protection Bill — yes, despite the fact the country is currently in the process of (br)exiting the EU, the government has nonetheless committed to implementing the regulation because it needs to keep EU-UK data flowing freely in the post-brexit future. Which gives an early indication of the pulling power of GDPR.”

Electronics 360: New Database for Urban Mining in the EU Maps Valuable Resources in E-Waste and More

Electronics 360: New Database for Urban Mining in the EU Maps Valuable Resources in E-Waste and More. “The Urban Mine Platform presents the flows of precious and base metals and critical raw materials in products in use and throughout their journey to the end of life. This database reveals the number of valuable materials recovered or lost in the EU’s scrap vehicles, batteries, computers, phones gadgets, applicants or other high tech products that are discarded annually, which is 18 million tons total, almost the weight of 3 million African elephants.”