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Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

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Google has cancelled a company-wide "town hall" meeting due to fears of employee harassment.The meeting was planned to allow Google staff to discuss an internal memo regarding gender roles at the company.James Damore, an engineer at Google, was fired on Monday after his 3,000-word essay, which argued that biological differences were responsible for gender disparity, provoked heated discussion.Confirming his dismissal at the time, Mr Damore said that he had been sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" - causing a number of internet trolls to attach themselves to his sacking.These trolls have now led to a Google meeting regarding the memo being cancelled, as staff fear they will be targeted for taking part."We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us ...
Google fires employee behind controversial anti-diversity memo

Google fires employee behind controversial anti-diversity memo

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Google has fired the employee who wrote a controversial 10-page internal memo that criticizes the search giant for its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce, the company has confirmed to ABC News. CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees about the matter on Monday, saying the staffer violated the company’s code of conduct. The post went over “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace," Pichai said. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” he added. In the memo, which circulated on an internal company network and was first reported by Motherboard and published in full by Gizmodo on Saturday, the writer attributes gender inequality in the male-dominated
Google and Facebook could be fined billions

Google and Facebook could be fined billions

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Google and Facebook could face fines stretching into billions of pounds if they breach users' privacy under a new law.The fines are part of the Data Protection Bill which the Government is introducing to give citizens more control over their data.It will place new requirements on companies about how they are allowed to hold and use data on ordinary citizens.In the case of the most serious breaches of these rules, it allows the data regulator, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), to fine companies £17m or 4% of their global turnover, whichever is higher.The fines for the largest companies which use individuals' data to sell advertisements, such as Google and Facebook, could stretch to billions of pounds.Neil Brown, a solicitor at Decoded Legal, a law firm specialising in digital law
Google not liable for back taxes in France

Google not liable for back taxes in France

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Google will not have to pay 1.1bn euros (£970m) in back taxes, after the technology giant won a legal case brought by the French authorities.A court in Paris ruled that the internet search firm's Irish subsidiary was not liable for tax in France. Google employs 700 people in France, but advertising contracts sold for display in France are booked through its subsidiary in low-tax Ireland. In 2015 the company paid just 6.7m euros in corporate taxes in France.The court was advised that Google did not have a "permanent establishment" or sufficient taxable presence in France to justify the bill."Google Ireland Ltd isn't taxable in France over the period 2005-2010" the court said in a statement. European authorities have become increasingly tough on American technology giants including Google an