The 500,000 pound ($663,850) fine is less than 10 minutes worth of revenue for the social media firm worth $590 billion, whose shares were unchanged, but is the maximum amount allowed and represents the first move by a regulator to punish Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica controversy.
The leader of Romania’s ruling party has threatened to launch impeachment proceedings against the country’s president, Klaus Iohannis, after he condemned the government’s latest bid to soften anti-corruption legislation.
The law drops the retirement age from 70 to 65, which will require 27 out of 72 judges to retire, including “the First President of the Supreme Court, whose 6-year mandate would be prematurely terminated.” Judges may request their mandates be prolonged for a period of up to three years, but no criteria is in place to guide President Andrzej Duda in making those decisions.
The directive envisaged toughening of the regulation of copyright objects on the Internet. The 11th article about the "tax on links" and the 13th article on the responsibility of online platforms for content downloaded by users caused the greatest fears of its opponents.
Amendments to the law on media “foreign agents” approved by the State Duma’s Information policy committee allow counting as “foreign agent” all those who cooperate with the media.
The last part of the antiterror package of laws of deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov came into force. Now, communication operators and Internet companies will have to store all messages of Russian users for a certain time and transmit them on request to special services.
The justice committee of the EU parliament voted to launch a rule of law procedure against Hungary. This threatens to strip the country of its EU voting rights on the grounds of grave violations of European values.
Poland had to answer to the foreign ministers of the other EU states for the first time about its judicial reform. The hearing was part of the procedure initiated by the EU Commission against the government in Warsaw.