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No More Data Encryption? Controversial US Government Bill

Sodar, 29 June 2020, 16:14

The U.S. Government intends to introduce legislation to address vulnerabilities in the encryption of software used in the country. Back doord hidden in the code would enable the government services to fight crime more effectively.

Apple Will Pay up to $500 Million for Slowing Down Old iPhones

Bart Swiatek, 03 March 2020, 14:28

Apple has reached a settlement in the trial concerning the slowing down of old iPhones - the devices from series 6 and 7. The company will spend between 310 and 500 million dollars on compensation for customers - only in USA.

Easier Access to Batteries in EU Mobile Devices - Legislation Proposal Leaked

Paul Wozniak, 29 February 2020, 22:43

Danish website Het Financieele Dagblad posted a leak concerning a proposal for a European Parliament law that would make it easier for mobile users to access batteries. According to the information, we will officially hear about it for the first time in mid-March.

Here's What Netflix had to Censor Last Year

Konrad Serafinski, 09 February 2020, 21:28

According to the recently released Netflix report for 2019, the company has removed content nine times on official requests from individual countries. This is the first time the company has openly admitted it.

The European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Universal Charger

Agnes Adamus, 31 January 2020, 23:29

The European Parliament adopted a resolution to unify charging ports for all smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices available on the market. 582 voters were in favor of its introduction.

Google Requires Public Services to Pay for Access to User Data

Bart Swiatek, 27 January 2020, 11:39

Google has begun to require public services such as the police and the prosecutor's office to pay for the handling of court orders in the USA. Access to user data subject to a process or investigation was priced at USD 45-245, depending on the type of request and the amount of information requested.

EU Considers Temporary Ban on Usage of Face Recognition Technology

Bart Swiatek, 20 January 2020, 10:54

According to reports from Reuters, the European Union is considering a five-year ban on the use of face recognition technology in public places. This would prevent abuse and allow for working out solutions to protect citizens. The idea appeared in an extensive report created by the European Commission.

The EU Wants a Universal Charger for all Smartphones; Apple Protests

Konrad Serafinski, 16 January 2020, 12:39

The topic of developing a common charging port for all mobile devices returns. The European Union will hold a vote, after which we will find out whether Europe will soon be united by a single charger. As you can guess, not everyone is supporting the idea, namely Apple, among others.

China Introduces Curfew for Underage Gamers

Konrad Serafinski, 07 November 2019, 13:45

The Chinese government is introducing a „curfew” for minors who play too much multiplayer titles. Legal restrictions on gaming time have been imposed on young players.

Russia Introduces Internet Censorship

Laty, 04 November 2019, 16:15

A new law related to Internet came into force in Russia on November 1, and it may be the beginning of mass surveillance of users on the web. The government has the ability to block content and even filter the things we can browse. The bill is designed to protect Russia from cyber attacks.

Valve vs. French Court - an Appeal is Underway

Barth Faryna, 23 September 2019, 16:00

Valve does not agree with the decision of the Paris Supreme Court that Steam users residing in the European Union are fully entitled to resell the titles purchased through the platform. There's gonna be an appeal.

French Judge: Resale of Steam Games is Legal Under EU Law

Paul Wozniak, 19 September 2019, 20:57

According to the judgment of the French court, which invokes European Union directives, resale of games from Steam is perfectly legal. Valve has a month to change the rules and inform users about it.

GTA Online - List of Countries That Banned the New Casino

Bart Swiatek, 25 July 2019, 17:50

It seems that gamers from several countries can't access gambling in GTA Online. Reddit users have prepared an extensive list of countries whose laws prohibit the use of such solutions.

EA Defends Lootboxes: „It's a surprise mechanic.”

Jakub Mirowski, 20 June 2019, 12:33

During a government commission meeting in the UK, a representative of Electronic Arts compared lootboxes to Kinder Surprises and claimed that gamers liked this element of video games.

Bethesda Allowed to Use the Name Redfall

Bart Swiatek, 24 May 2019, 13:00

ZeniMax Media and The Book Breeze have reached an agreement on the „Redfall” trademark. The agreement between the parties ends litigation initiated in February this year.

You're Using an Old Photoshop? Adobe May Sue You

Bart Swiatek, 15 May 2019, 15:16

Adobe has informed customers using Creative Cloud software that using older versions of the application may expose them to a third-party lawsuit. The case is relevant to the ongoing lawsuit and illustrates how small little rights are given to the end users by licence agreements.

U.S. Senator Cracks Down on Loot boxes Targeted at Children

Jacob Blazewicz, 08 May 2019, 22:58

American Senator Josh Hawley has announced a proposal for the regulation of microtransactions in games. The law would prohibit the presence of loot boxes and pay-to-win elements in games for people under the age of 18.

FTC Will Investigate Loot Boxes

Bart Swiatek, 11 April 2019, 15:02

This August, the Federal Trade Commission will organize an open workshop on loot boxes and related issues, including their possible negative influence on the behavior of young gamers.

Fortnite Dance Affair - US Goverment Denies Carlton Dance Claim

Jacob Blazewicz, 17 February 2019, 19:14

US patent office responded to Alfons Ribeiro's claim of alleged copyright infringement in Fortnite using the Fresh emote. According to patent examiners, a short, simple dance does not fall under copyright law, rendering the claim invalid.

Google fined 57 million euro over breaching GDPR

Bart Swiatek, 22 January 2019, 12:48

The French Data Protection Authority has fined Google for insufficient transparency when handling user's private data.

Law amendment will impact Japanese gaming industry

Bart Swiatek, 04 January 2019, 13:58

An amendment in the Unfair Competition Prevention Act was passed in Japan, penalizing serial code auctions and tempering with game saves.

Swastikas and other Nazi symbols are no longer censored in German games. Here’s how it happened

Mathias Zulpo, 10 August 2018, 15:25

Swastikas and other Nazi symbols, banned from German video games for two decades, are back. Learn what made them unlawful, how it affected the industry, and what it took to bring them back.