Briefly informed: Digital Services Act, Ministry of Research, Whatsapp, Dropbox
Digital Services Act comes into force for large online providers
Starting this Friday, the biggest platforms and search engines will fall under the new EU regulatory regime of the Digital Services Act. Services such as Google Maps, Play Store, Apple’s App Store, Zalando, Wikipedia, X-Twitter, Telegram, Facebook and YouTube must comply with the new rules. The EU Commission is responsible for enforcement for the largest providers. This also ends the age of the Network Enforcement Act for the largest providers. When it was passed a year ago, EU commissioners described the Digital Services Act as the basic law for the digital age – the extensive set of rules is now being applied. 19 particularly large providers must now comply with the regulations of the DSA.
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Ministry of Research strives for technological sovereignty in AI
In the future, the state should provide tools, skills and infrastructure for all aspects of artificial intelligence as “part of the basic service”. Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger is committed to this in her AI action plan, which the FDP politician presented in Berlin. “We want to achieve technological sovereignty with AI,” the paper says. The aim is for Germany and Europe to “take a leading position” in a world driven by key technology. To this end, the research department intends to invest more than 1.6 billion euros over the next two years. In 2023 alone, 427 and 483 million euros are to flow in the following year.
Insults in Whatsapp groups threaten termination without notice
If employees in a supposedly private, closed WhatsApp group with few members express themselves “in a way that is highly insulting, racist, sexist and inciting to violence about their superiors and colleagues”, they can certainly be fired extraordinarily. The Federal Labor Court in Erfurt has now ruled that the confidentiality of such statements can only be invoked in exceptional cases and overturned a contrary decision by the lower-instance State Labor Court in Lower Saxony. At the same time, the proceedings were referred back to Hanover. There, the plaintiff must explain why he could have a legitimate expectation of confidentiality in the specific case. In this specific case, it is about a WhatsApp group of friendly employees of TUIfly in Hanover-Langenhagen.
Dropbox limits previously unlimited storage volume of “Dropbox Advanced”
Dropbox has discontinued an offer with unlimited storage volume in the cloud because “an increasing number” of customers have misused it in an undesirable way. The service explains this in a blog entry and writes there that some would have used the cloud storage for crypto mining, for example, in other cases unrelated individuals would have shared the costs and then used the storage privately. There have even been cases in which the cloud storage booked in this way has been resold. The offer called “Dropbox Advanced” recently cost 24 euros per user, with at least three users having to be booked. Now the price is 15 TB, each additional TB costs $8 per month. The upper limit is 1000 TB.
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