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Kaspersky and Microsoft Resolve Antitrust Disagreements

Kaspersky and Microsoft Resolve Antitrust Disagreements

Earlier this week, reports have stated that Russian cyber security company Kaspersky will be withdrawing the complaints that it has filed against Microsoft from both Russian and EU probing bodies, saying that all of their concerns have already been addressed. Kaspersky Labs have accused Microsoft of using unfair practices against third-party antivirus applications to push their own anti-malware application Windows Defender on consumers, such as suppressing license expiration notifications, turning off incompatible products, and automatically turning on Windows Defender by default.       Microsoft additionally released a statement announcing some changes in the way Windows 10 will be handling third-party antivirus […]

Judge Rules In Favor of Google Over Audit By Labor Department

USA – According to a report last Monday, Judge Steven Berlin ruled that Google is not required to provide all information demanded by a branch of the Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Google’s vice president of people operations Eileen Naughton said in a blog that they have followed OFCCP audit rules in previous cases. However, for that specific case, they believe OFCCP had demands beyond reasonable range. The OFCPP requested data for an audit in 2015, involving 15 years of workers’ salary information and other professional details which included contact information of over 25,000 […]

Ashley Madison to Pays $11.2 Million in Breach Settlement

Last Friday, owner of Ashley Madison Ruby Corp. said they will pay $11.2 million in the U.S. litigation settlement on behalf of the estimated 37 million people whose personal information were compromised during a data breach in July 2015. Users with valid claims can get up to $3,500, depending on how well-recorded their losses were in relation to the breach. Moreover, court documents show that lawyers of Ashley Madison users may get up to one-third of the $11.2 million settlement to cover legal fees. The site’s Toronto-based parent company, formerly known as Avid Life Media Inc., has denied any misconduct […]

Qualcomm says Apple Infringed Six iPhone & iPad Patents

Qualcomm Inc is asking the U.S International Trade Commission to prevent Apple from selling certain iPhones and iPads in the United States, claiming that these units use chips created by their competitor Intel Corp (INTC.O) that infringes up to six Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm is also requesting the U.S ITC to ban the importation of said Apple devices. The San Diego-based chip company filed another related lawsuit on Thursday in a California court, demanding monetary damages. In a related statement, Apple accused Qualcomm of unfairly adding a tax on Apple devices using their chips. Animosity between the two companies started to […]

EU Launches Antitrust Investigation on Recent Suspicious Mergers

On a Wall Street Journal report, The European Union (EU) accuses companies Canon Inc (CAJ), General Electric (GE), Merck (MKGAY), and Sigma-Aldrich Corp of violating the EU’s antitrust laws. Margrethe Vestager, EU’s Competition Chief says her department is investigating new merger clearances if companies have in any way misled the commission upon registering for an antitrust review. Mergers that are under suspicion include the $1.65 billion deal with GE and LM Wind Power, as well as the $17 million merger between Merck and Sigma Aldrich. The commission also suspects that Canon’s deal with Toshiba Medical Systems had been implemented before […]

EU May Slap Google with Another Record Fine

The European Union’s Antitrust regulators are considering imposing another steep fine against Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The charges from the commission came April last year after lobby group FairSearch, U.S.-based ad-blocking and privacy firm Disconnect Inc, Portuguese apps store Aptoide and Russia’s Yandex filed complaints against the search engine company, alleging that it had been using its Android mobile OS to block competitors from penetrating the mobile market. The potential penalty may be greater than the $2.7 billion penalty Alphabet received this month for unfairly favoring their own shopping service. Thomas Vinje, FairSearch’s lawyer said Google requires smartphone makers to pre-install […]

EU Hits Google’s Shopping Service with Record Fine

The European Commission ruled against Google for abuse of influence. The tech giant was said to have “distorted the market” by promoting its own shopping comparison service to appear on top of search results. This amounted to a $2.7 billion fine, and if the company continues their anti-competitive prices within 3 months, they will have to pay a staggering $14 million a day. European Union’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement that under the EU’s antitrust rules, what Google has done is illegal as it deprived EU consumers of the benefits of competition, genuine choice, and innovation. This […]

U.S Justice Asks Supreme Court to Take on Microsoft Case

The Justice department filed a petition appealing to the Supreme court to revisit the lower court opinion on the reach of government warrants for private emails. In 2016, a court ruling determined that Microsoft was not required to provide customer data stored on computers on a different country. The Justice department argues that if data can be accessed “domestically with the click of a computer mouse,” it should not matter where information is stored. Microsoft’s legal team responded by saying “The [Justice Department’s] position would put businesses in impossible conflict-of-law situations and hurt the security, jobs, and personal rights of […]

DOJ adopts electronic filing for petitions for review

DOJ adopts electronic filing for petitions for review

Citing the promotion of efficient administration of justice, trends of procedure, and advances in technology, the Department of Justice on 8 March 2017, released a set of rules governing the electronic filing of all petitions for review to the Office of the Secretary and Regional Prosecutors. The rule is also applicable to the comments, other documents filed pursuant to the petition, and other pleadings and motions filed thereafter. Under the rules, only the original copy of the petition for review, comment, pleading, or motion, and its attachments shall be filed. However, the submission shall be accompanied by a compact disc […]

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DICT Releases Circular on Cloud Policy, Adopts “Cloud First” Approach

In a circular dated 18 January 2017, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (‘DICT’) prescribed the policy on the government’s policy use of cloud computing technology. The policy is meant to reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and develop excellent citizen online services. The circular covers all departments, bureaus, offices, and agencies of the national government and GOCCs and LGU. Under the circular, ‘cloud computing’ is defined as a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. It recognises that cloud computing has brought new and more efficient means of managing government […]

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