EU watchdog wants Pegasus surveillance tool to be banned
15 February 2022 | 1:39 pm
The EU's data protection watchdog is calling for a ban on the controversial spyware tool Pegasus. Regulators have said the software, developed by Israeli-based NSO Group, could lead to an unprecedented level of spying.
Nuclear power will play a "fundamental role" in meeting Europe's energy demands, said EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton to French newspaper Journal du Dimanche.
An EU climate agency has said 2021 was the fifth-warmest year ever recorded globally. Greenhouse gas emissions have supercharged wildfires, heat waves and flooding, affecting every continent.
Nigeria had shut out more than 200 million people from the social networking site. Nigeria's IT development agency said the US tech company had met key conditions.
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As EU ally Ukraine reels from a massive cyberattack on government websites, the EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth tells FRANCE 24 that this kind of attack should not come as a surprise. "We should not be surprised but we have to be ready to act. That means more co-ordination and more joint actions between member states," Mariya Gabriel said.
E-commerce giant Amazon will continue to accept UK-issued visa credit cards on its British website. The company emailed customers on Monday with the update. Back in November, the retail giant took the controversial step, saying it would ban the use of Visa credit cards because of high transaction fees. Since Brexit, the EU's enforced-cap on the fees charged by card issuers no longer applies in the UK.
After seven months, the Federal Government of Nigeria has finally lifted the ban on the microblogging site Twitter and its operations in the country. For all those months, GuardianTV takes a look at the economic losses.
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Belarusian activist calls on EU leaders to investigate Lukashenko
European Union interior ministers discussed border security and asylum at a meeting in Lithuania. The EU home affairs commissioner urged preemptive action outside the bloc and condemned the policy of pushbacks.
2022 is not yet one month old, but already around a thousand people have made "irregular" crossings from France to the United Kingdom – putting a spotlight back onto the issue of migration between the European Union and its former member state. Margaritis Schinas is European Commission Vice-President, and the Commissioner in charge of migration and asylum issues. He tells FRANCE 24 he wants "clarity" from the UK over how it wishes to proceed in tackling the issue of thousands of people risking their lives each year to cross the English Channel.
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