Bloomberg: Google Attacks EU for Treating It Almost Like a ‘Criminal’

Bloomberg: Google Attacks EU for Treating It Almost Like a ‘Criminal’. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google lashed out at the European Union for doling out a ‘quasi criminal fine of very large proportions’ for allegedly thwarting advertising rivals on websites. At a hearing at the bloc’s General Court on Monday, the search giant said the 2019 decision by the EU’s antitrust arm to issue the 1.49 billion-euro ($1.6 billion) fine was riddled with errors and should be struck down.”

Interfax News: Twitter fined 3 million rubles. for refusing to remove swastika posts

Interfax News, and machine-translated from Russian: Twitter fined 3 million rubles. for refusing to remove swastika posts. “The Moscow World Court of the Tagansky District found Twitter guilty of an administrative offense in refusing to remove posts banned in the Russian Federation with instructions for preparing Molotov cocktails and Nazi swastikas, an Interfax correspondent reports from the courtroom on Thursday.”

The 74: Oregon Fines School District $43,000 For Violating State’s Mask Mandate

The 74: Oregon Fines School District $43,000 For Violating State’s Mask Mandate. “The decision by Oregon’s Alsea School Board to make masks optional for students and staff a month before the state ended masks mandates will cost the district $43,000, according to the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Oregon OSHA investigated after at least eight complaints were submitted following an announcement from then-superintendent Marc Thielman that masks would be optional at schools beginning Jan. 31. The state mask mandate didn’t end until March 12.”

Washington Post: TSA has investigated more than 3,800 mask-related incidents since mandate went into effect

Washington Post: TSA has investigated more than 3,800 mask-related incidents since mandate went into effect. “The Transportation Security Administration has investigated more than 3,800 incidents of potential violations involving the federal mask mandate, assessing more than $644,000 in civil penalties, according to a report this week by the Government Accountability Office. The TSA, charged with enforcing the mandate in airports and other public transportation settings, has issued more than 2,700 warning notices, the report said. It issued civil penalties in about 900 instances, roughly 24 percent of cases that occurred between Feb. 2, 2021, and March 7, 2022.”

Courthouse News: Italy fines US facial recognition firm Clearview AI

Courthouse News: Italy fines US facial recognition firm Clearview AI. “Italy’s data privacy watchdog on Wednesday fined U.S.-based firm Clearview AI 20 million euros (almost $22 million) over its controversial facial recognition software. The watchdog ordered the company to delete data relating to people in Italy and banned it from further collection and processing of information there.”

The Register: Facebook fined peanuts after Giphy staff quit and firm didn’t tell UK competition regulators

The Register: Facebook fined peanuts after Giphy staff quit and firm didn’t tell UK competition regulators. “The latest £1.5m ($2.03m) fine was imposed after three key staffers left Giphy. The CMA had imposed a legal order on Facebook owner Meta (2021 profit: $39bn) forcing the US giant to reveal if any ‘staff in positions of executive or managerial responsibility and/or whose performance affects the viability of the business’ resigned.”

The Register: Website fined by German court for leaking visitor’s IP address via Google Fonts

The Register: Website fined by German court for leaking visitor’s IP address via Google Fonts . “Earlier this month, a German court fined an unidentified website €100 ($110, £84) for violating EU privacy law by importing a Google-hosted web font. The decision, by Landgericht München’s third civil chamber in Munich, found that the website, by including Google-Fonts-hosted font on its pages, passed the unidentified plaintiff’s IP address to Google without authorization and without a legitimate reason for doing so. And that violates Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

Politico: Intel decision spells trouble for Vestager’s Google campaign

Politico: Intel decision spells trouble for Vestager’s Google campaign. “EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager hadn’t taken up her post in Brussels when the European Commission levied a €1 billion antitrust fine on Intel, but she now has to pick up the pieces of a court debacle that could influence the fate of her record Google antitrust penalty. The EU’s lower court last week annulled the fine imposed on Intel in 2009 and hammered most of the Commission’s case.”

TASS: Russia’s turnover-based fines for Google, Meta amount to 5% of income

TASS: Russia’s turnover-based fines for Google, Meta amount to 5% of income. “A peace court in Moscow imposed a minimal turnover-based fine equaling 5% of annual income on US companies Meta and Google, according to recently published rulings. According to the document, published late on Monday, the judge ‘sees no grounds to impose a penalty below the statutory minimum.’”