France’s Health Data Hub to move to European cloud infrastructure to avoid EU-US data transfers

France’s data regulator CNIL has issued some recommendations for French services that handle health data, as Mediapart first reported. Those services should avoid using American cloud hosting companies altogether, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.

Those recommandations follow a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court in July. The ruling, dubbed Schrems II, struck down the EU-US Data Privacy Shield. Under the Privacy Shield, companies could outsource data processing from the EU to the US in bulk. Due to concerns over US surveillance laws, that mechanism is no longer allowed.

The CNIL is going one step further by saying that services and companies that handle health data should also avoid doing business with American companies — it’s not just about processing European data in Europe. Once again, this is all about avoiding falling under U.S. regulation and rulings.

The regulator sent those recommendations to one of France’s top courts (Conseil d’État). SantéNathon, a group of organizations and unions, originally notified the CNIL over concerns about France’s Health Data Hub.

France is currently building a platform to store health data at the national level. The idea is to build a hub that makes it easier to study rare diseases and use artificial intelligence to improve diagnoses. It is supposed to aggregate data from different sources and make it possible to share some data with public and private institutions for those specific cases.

The technical choices have been controversial as the French government originally chose to partner with Microsoft and its cloud platform Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft, like many other companies, relies on Standard Contractual Clauses for EU-US data transfers. But the Court of Justice of the EU has made it clear that EU regulators have to intervene if data is being transferred to an unsafe country when

Move Forward Music Partners With Twitch For Live Streamed Programming, Launch Festival

The channel will also feature content such as a new series called The Board Room, a show that will take place in recording studios and feature two producers discussing each other’s work. The first episode, which will air during Move Forward Fest, features legendary hip-hop producers Just Blaze and The Alchemist, while later episodes, which will begin airing Oct. 22, will include Black Milk and Jake One, Drumma Boy and Sonny Digital, and more. It will host at least one live performance each week, as well as curated DJ sets, Q&As and talk-based shows which align with Move Forward’s track record of highlighting emerging artists and talent early in their careers. That will include the show Screen Time, hosted by Alexa Leighton, which will center on music videos from indie artists, and the music-discovery podcast Not 97.

“I want to be able to walk away from this year not just like, ‘We filled the gaps and plugged the holes and now we’re back to doing what we were doing before,’ but try to come out of it with something that’s a complementary piece so that when we start coming back and doing live shows again, we’ll still have other content that’s complementary,” Damashek says. “And we can offer a richer experience that’s still centered around live music, but that has these different elements to it.”

The Twitch stream will be free to watch with ads, with a paid subscription option that will remove ads, allow viewers to interact with those on the stream, and be entered to win product and merchandise giveaways. And Damashek sees the partnership as adding value to what Move Forward does, which will stick around even once the company is able to promote live concerts again.

“I’m a firm believer that concerts

Move over Instagram influencers: The magic of TikTok is authenticity

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In what experts say could be a long-term shift, people are posting more unfiltered content on social media during COVID-19 lockdowns. For many, the polished life of Instagram influencers is less alluring during a pandemic.


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With people spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a noticeable shift in the kinds of content posted online. These days, you won’t see many photos of sunny Hawaiian vacations or over-the-top parties. Instead, platforms like TikTok have flooded social media feeds with pajama-clad, makeup-free creators trying to stay entertained by posting everything from simple skits to rants to candid moments.

Another trend has picked up steam on TikTok: mocking Instagram influencers for what many perceive as superficial content focused on product promotions and super polished looks. Countless creators on TikTok have posted videos pretending to be an influencer, starting off with the YouTube and Instagram influencer catchphrase, “A lot of you guys have been asking about…” before jumping into mock routines for simple practices like applying hand sanitizer. 

Erika Priscilla, a 27-year-old TikTok creator from New Jersey, regularly impersonates influencers by posting fake tutorials for basic tasks like putting hair in a bun and sharing updates about “secret projects” with over-the-top excitement. She posted her first parody video in late spring mocking the “influencer catchphrase,” and it instantly went viral. She now has more than 260,000 followers on TikTok. 

“There’s a huge audience that watches these videos of these influencers and thinks the same thing,” Priscilla said. “I’m just the person that’s saying what everyone’s thinking.” 

Chinese-owned TikTok has had a tumultuous few months in the US, with the Trump administration pushing to bar downloads of the app, citing data privacy concerns.

Will PayPal Or A Fintech Move Next

The consolidating impact of the pandemic on the global payments sector is finally being felt. After a dearth of M&A deals in the money transfer and cross-border payments space, two significant deals have come thick and fast sweeping up two sizable independent players.

In August, WorldRemit, one of the leading remittances Fintechs announced its plans to acquire Sendwave, an African mobile money transfer player. And this month, FLEETCOR, owner of B2B cross-border payments player Cambridge Global Payments, announced it was acquiring one of the oldest independent groups in the space – Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX). Why have these two deals happened now?

Unfortunately, WorldRemit is not yet able to talk publicly about the deal but we were able to talk with John Coughlin, President of Corporate Payments at FLEETCOR, the division that owns Cambridge and that will buy AFEX.

Valuations and growth cycles that match

We broadly define two groups of companies in the global payments sector. The leading incumbents  – for example, Western Union
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, MoneyGram
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, Euronet (owner of Ria), PayPal
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(owner of Xoom) and FLEETCOR. Then we have the challengers, primarily the well funded Fintechs such as TransferWise, WorldRemit and Remitly. 

WorldRemit (formed in 2010) and Sendwave (2011 ) are both challengers. They have both been growing at triple and high double digit rates. Their valuations, whilst not at the level of a TransferWise or Revolut (other money transfer focused Fintechs), are still very strong and approximately five times revenues. The growth curves matched and the strategies matched. That made a deal possible.

In the B2B world, Cambridge Global Payments (formed in 1992) and AFEX (1979) have been growing at a similar double digit pace per year for the last few