Developers worried about new rules for phone apps

Updated 18 December 2012
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Developers worried about new rules for phone apps

WASHINGTON: Developers of smartphone software are bracing for regulations that they say will stifle creativity and saddle small businesses with legal and technical costs.
The changes, which the Federal Trade Commission expects to approve this week, would update a 14-year-old law prohibiting the collection of personal information from preteens.
Businesses say they fear that under the FTC proposal, routine transfers of data that pose no threat to a child’s safety will be treated the same as the improper gathering of information. They say responsible software developers will err on the side of caution and the result will be less kid-friendly content available on the Internet.
FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz says “you have to give the benefit of the doubt to privacy” when it comes to children.


European Space Agency satellite rides to orbit from Russia

Updated 25 April 2018
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European Space Agency satellite rides to orbit from Russia

MOSCOW: A Russian rocket has carried into orbit a satellite that is part of the European Space Agency’s earth observation program.
The Sentinel-3B satellite blasted off Wednesday from the Plesetsk launch facility in northern Russia, said the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
The satellite, part of the ESA’s Copernicus program, is to measure oceans, land, ice and the Earth’s atmosphere.