• Facebook knew about data misuse earlier, UK says

      Facebook knew about data misuse earlier, UK says

      British lawmakers have accused Facebook of "intentionally and knowingly" violating data privacy and competition laws, adding that CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed "contempt" toward parliament by not appearing before them. The report by the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee concludes an 18-month investigation into Facebook and is based on an arguable cache of documents, some of which include correspondence between Zuckerberg and company executives, which stem from a lawsuit filed in California against Facebook.

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    • Romania attempts to stop EU from hiring Kovesi

      Romania attempts to stop EU from hiring Kovesi

      Romania's justice minister has sent a letter to his EU colleagues accusing the country's former anti-corruption chief in “all sins” in a bid to stop her leading a new EU prosecutors' office. Tudorel Toader accused Laura Codruta Kovesi of signing “secret and anti-democratic pacts” with Romania's intelligence agencies help in her investigations.

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    •  Paris sues Airbnb, seeks $14.2m

      Paris sues Airbnb, seeks $14.2m

      France is determined to prevent home sharing services from allowing makeshift hotels, and that now includes court action. On Friday several outlets said that the city of Paris is suing Airbnb over 1,000 ads that have allegedly violated a law designed to limit homeowners to renting their places for no more than 120 days per year. And on Sunday the Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo confirmed to the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that action had really been launched, in a move that could cost the booking platform about $14.2m (€12.5m).

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    • Spain's PM to call early election for mid-April

      Spain's PM to call early election for mid-April

      Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is reportedly considering calling an early national election for 14 April, state-owned news agency EFE reported on Monday citing unnamed government sources. The move comes as Sanchez's Socialists party, which holds less than a quarter of the seats in the lower parliamentary house, has been struggling to gather enough support to pass a 2019 budget bill.

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    • UK, Switzerland sign post-Brexit trade deal

      UK, Switzerland sign post-Brexit trade deal

      The continuation of economic and trade relations between Switzerland and the United Kingdom after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) is assured, Swiss government said in a statement after Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and the British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox signed a bilateral trade agreement in Bern on Monday.

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