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Meta was fined €265 million by Irish regulators on Monday. This is the company’s latest penalty for violating rigorous European Union data privacy regulations.    According to the Data Protection Commission (DPC), Meta Platforms Inc. violated parts of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which require technological and organizational measures to secure user data.   The authority began looking into press reports that user data for more than 533 million people was discovered to have been leaked online last year. This information was detected on a website for hackers, and includes names, Facebook IDs, phone numbers, residences, birthdates and email addresses of individuals from more than 100 different countries.   The DPC investigation discovered that Meta’s Facebook Search, Facebook Messenger Contact Importer and Instagram Contact Importer capabilities did not adhere to GDPR rules between May 25, 2018 and September 19, 2019.   According to Meta, the information was “scraped”…

Vonage to repay $100 million to customers Vonage has been fined by the US Federal Trade Commission for making it too difficult for customers to quit their VoIP services. A proposed court judgment forces Vonage to repay clients affected by its actions in the amount of $100 million. The penalty payment will be sent to the FTC, which has committed to distributing the relevant funds to all customers who are identified as being eligible for compensation. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/4zxxaevh Arelion adds a new route for flexible trans-Atlantic traffic Arelion has announced the addition of a new flexible, high-capacity transmission route to its network. With the inclusion of this new route, Arelion’s clients will benefit from enhanced customizable routing diversity solutions for trans-Atlantic traffic that meet their specific requirements through a single, scalable end-to-end solution. This route will provide EU terrestrial extensions to client endpoints, as well as a US…

Telefonica partners with Meta A new agreement between Meta and Telefonica has been inked to create a Metaverse Innovation Hub in Madrid. Local startups and developers will have access to a 5G laboratory inside the Hub, where they will be able to use a metaverse end-to-end testbed using Meta and Telefonica’s networks and equipment. The hub’s goal is to test innovative network topologies, use cases and devices in order to speed metaverse network and device readiness. Participants will have access to Telefonica’s open innovation ecosystem, as well as the Innovation and Talent Hub Resources and Meta’s engineering capabilities. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/mf2jbjxu Turkcell partners with Ribbon and Odine Ribbon Communications has teamed up with Odine, a virtualized and containerized infrastructure and solution integrator, to provide Turkcell, a Turkish integrated telecommunications and technology services provider, with next-generation voice interconnect services. Ribbon’s SBC SWe, which delivers the features and capabilities of appliance-based…