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Skype was wholly owned by eBay from September 2005 to October 2009 and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009. Skype was acquired by Microsoft in May 2011.

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15 October 2015

Doing business in conflict-affected countries

Author: Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum (UN Global Compact & Verisk Maplecroft)

This page presents an introduction to and analysis of the dilemma. It does so through the integration of real-world scenarios and case studies, examination of emerging economy contexts and exploration of the specific business risks posed by the...

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1 October 2015

Grass-roots aid efforts step in as tech giants shy away from taking action on refugee crisis in Europe

Author: Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post (USA)

"Earthquake? Silicon Valley will help. Refugee crisis? Not so much." 23 Sep 2015...

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3 March 2015

Vigeo analyses technology companies' dilemma between legal responsibilities & protection of users’ privacy

Author: Driss Lembachar & Luciana Busian, Vigeo

"ICTs under scrutiny for breaching user privacy", 01 Mar 2015...

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7 November 2014

EU regulations to require export licences for spyware; UK supports regulation

Author: Alex Hern, Guardian (UK)

"Spyware exports will need a licence under new EU rules", 6 Nov 2014...

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22 September 2014

Details of how Unilever, Lush & other companies are helping promote peace in conflict zones

Author: Oliver Balch, Guardian (UK)


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3 July 2014

USA: Microsoft announces "progress" in protecting users’ data & opens its first Transparency Centre

Author: Matt Thomlinson, Trustworthy Computing Security, Microsoft, in "Microsoft on the Issues" blog

"Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts", 1 July 2014...

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7 January 2014

Tech Start-Ups & Human Rights: Four Lessons

Author: Christine Bader, author of "The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil", on Huffington Post

Last month the Yahoo! Business and Human Rights Program convened a 'User First' meeting aimed at tech start-ups to educate them about the challenges to privacy and free speech they will inevitably face. I moderated a panel on lessons from companies...

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28 August 2013
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Author: Ouest-France

Une enquête préliminaire a été ouverte par le parquet de Paris après la plainte de deux associations de défense des droits de l’Homme contre le programme américain Prism d’espionnage des communications électroniques mondiales. Cette enquête a été...

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25 July 2013

European companies should stop sending data to the US, German privacy officials say

Author: Loek Essers, IDG News Service

The European Commission should suspend agreements that allow European companies to transfer personal data of European citizens to the U.S., the German Conference of Data Protection Commissioners has urged...The European Parliament and European...

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14 June 2013

Letter Urges Companies to Inform Public of Government Requests under PRISM

Author: Human Rights First

In the wake of revelations that the National Security Administration obtained private user data from several technology companies, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino sent a letter to AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Pal Talk,...

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