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Google employees could revolt over bid for huge Defence contract

Google is making a quiet bid to win a US$10 billion cloud contract from the US Defence Department which is to be awarded before the end of the year.

Facebook will afford EU privacy cover only to 30% of users

Facebook does not appear to have changed its attitude to user privacy in any way despite all its recent troubles, with the company having decided to avoid providing the protections afforded by the EU General Data Protection Regulation to nearly 70% of its registered users worldwide.

Google removes feature that helps avoid Net censorship

Google has thrown a spanner into the works of developers who have been using domain-fronting in the Google App Engine to avoid Internet censorship by using Google's network.

Huawei cutting back US sales efforts; rural subsidies blocked

Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE will not receive any subsidies from the Universal Service Fund that the US uses to subsidise equipment bought by rural and small carriers, and Huwaei is reportedly cutting back US sales efforts as a result.

Supreme Court declares Microsoft email case moot

Microsoft may finally have to hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland, after the US Supreme Court ended a four-year-old case between the company and the Department of Justice, declaring it was moot due to a new law about access to digital material stored abroad by US technology firms.

Russian bid to block Telegram leads to mass IP blocking

Russia's efforts to block the messaging app Telegram, after the country's authorities imposed a ban on the app, are proving more difficult than first thought, due to the way such apps work.

Briton wins right to be forgotten by Google

Two British businessmen have had contrasting outcomes in their bids to underline their right to be forgotten by Google, with one winning a case in the UK High Court and the other having his plea turned down.

Greens call for GDPR to serve as model for privacy protection

The Australian Greens have called on the Coalition Government to update privacy protections to stay in line with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation that is scheduled to take effect on 25 May.

Gambling ad rules under scrutiny by ACMA

New rules to restrict gambling advertising during live streamed sport are under consideration by the communications regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which has now opened a public consultation process on the proposed rules.

Small US ISPs say subsidy block to Huawei, ZTE counter-productive

The US Rural Wireless Association has told the Federal Communications Commission that blocking subsidies to Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE would affect the deployment of broadband networks in rural areas and also not contribute in any way to national security.

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