Facebook fined $33 million for failing to help Brazilian authorities 

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Facebook has had a contentious relationship with Brazilian authorities, and its WhatsApp messenger has suffered multiple service bans for failing to cooperate. Two years ago, a court froze around $ 6 million of the company's cash after it didn't hand…
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Chinese authorities catch suspects who used drones to smuggle $80M worth of iPhones from Hong Kong

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iPhones are significantly cheaper in Hong Kong than mainland China, and it’s not unusual to find people smuggling them across the border. But while the record for smuggling them under clothing is around $ 150k, that’s nothing compared to the $ 79.8M worth transported with the help of drones …

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Authorities to decide on Apple’s Shazam acquisition on April 23

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Back in December Apple struck a deal to acquire music recognizing service Shazam for $ 400m but the deal was put on hold by the European Commission, pending an investigation. The concern is that Apple will acquire a lot of user data with Shazam, much of it outside of its ecosystem – UK-based Shazam is a global service. Apple has filled a formal request with the EU Commission on Wednesday for the approval of the deal and a deadline of April 23 has been set. The Commission will either approve the deal or commence an additional investigation that could be up to 4 months…

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Apple’s China data migration includes iCloud keys, making data requests easier for authorities

Apple announced last year that it was moving Chinese customer iCloud operations to China in an effort to comply with local laws, with the move officially taking place at the end of this month. Reuters today reports that among the information being are iCloud customer keys…

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Authorities deactivate transit pass implanted in biohacker’s hand

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow couldn't just toss away his New South Wales transit pass even after he found out that it got deactivated while he was on a trip to the US. See, Meow-Meow (yes, that is his legal name) cut the chip out of the travel car…
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Apple forks over another $184M to UK tax authorities after ‘extensive audit’

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The world’s most valuable company now has a bit less in the bank after Apple was forced to settle up with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to the tune of $ 184 million in additional taxes.
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Apple’s South Korean offices raided by authorities ahead of regional iPhone X launch

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South Korean authorities have reportedly conducted a raid of Apple’s offices in the country earlier this week, with investigators said to have questioned the company about its business affairs just days before the launch of the iPhone X in the country, which could raise questions concerning the government’s animosity for competitors of local manufacturers, such as main rival Samsung.
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Texas authorities serve Apple a warrant for mass shooter’s iPhone

Authorities are persisting in their efforts to get access to the Texas mass shooter's iPhone despite having missed an early opportunity. The San Antonio Express-News has learned that Texas Rangers served Apple warrants for data on both the perpetrat…
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 Two weeks ago today, 26 people were killed by a gunman at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Two phones were discovered at the scene: older push-button LG and what local news described as a “blood spattered” Apple iPhone SE. Now local law enforcement has served Apple with a search warrant in order to retrieve information from the smartphone. The news has echoes of… Read More
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Skype fined $36k for not providing data to Belgian authorities


Skype today lost its appeal with a Belgian court which fined the company for not handing over user messages — which Skype says would have been effectively impossible. According to Belgian newspaper Het Belang Van Limburg (and thanks to a translation by The Register), Belgian authorities requested information from the company during a a 2012 investigation into a criminal organization which used Skype to communicate. It offered up metadata, but argued it couldn’t access the specific messages to give the police. The basis for the Belgian court’s complaint was that a national law requires telecoms companies to comply with data…

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