France has passed a measure to impose a 3% tax on technology giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon, with the country's lower house of parliament voting to adopt a law that prevents multinationals from avoiding taxes by setting up headquarters in low-taxing EU countries.

ASD-certified Protected cloud provider Vault claims the export of its technology has been affected by perceptions about the encryption law which was passed by the Australian Parliament on 6 December last year.

Australian law enforcement authorities made 1817 requests seeking details of customers' Apple devices in the second half of 2018, according to a list of such requests released by Apple.

New Zealand Justice Minister Andrew Little has accused search behemoth Google of "flipping the bird" at his country after it said it would not change its policies following the breach of a suppression order, and publishing the name of a 27-year-old Auckland man whose name has been suppressed in a prominent murder case.

ANALYSIS Not for the first time, people around the world are struggling to understand one of US President Donald Trump's pronouncements, this one being about the Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies.

ANALYSIS The competition watchdog is due to hand its digital platforms inquiry report to the government this weekend, with media companies keen to see what measures are outlined to reduce the threat posed to online journalism by the likes of Google and Facebook.

Regulation of Australia’s domestic Mobile Terminating Access Service for mobile voice services is set to be continued by the competition regulator, the ACCC, but MTAS for SMS services will no longer be regulated.

Amazon Web Services has signed a whole-of-government deal with the Federal Government, enabling federal, state and territory agencies, as well as public universities and publicly-owned companies to use AWS Cloud services.

At least two big American semiconductor manufacturing companies have used loopholes in the US ban on supplying parts to Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies and shipped goods to the company from units that operate outside the US.

The Victorian Government will ban the use of mobile phones during school hours in state schools from the beginning of the school year in 2020, with the state's Education Minister James Merlino saying the ban is aimed at stopping cyber-bullying.

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