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Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability

Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability Facebook has reached a settlement with the UK’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, agreeing to pay in full a £500,000 (~$643k) fine following the latter’s investigating into the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. As part of the […]

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EU contracts with Microsoft raising “serious” data concerns, says watchdog

EU contracts with Microsoft raising “serious” data concerns, says watchdog Europe’s chief data protection watchdog has raised concerns over contractual arrangements between Microsoft and the European Union institutions which are making use of its software products and services. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) opened an enquiry into the contractual arrangements between […]

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Europe’s top court says active consent is needed for tracking cookies

Europe’s top court says active consent is needed for tracking cookies Europe’s top court has ruled that pre-checked consent boxes for dropping cookies are not legally valid. Consent must be obtained prior to storing or accessing non-essential cookies, such as tracking cookies for targeted advertising. Consent cannot be implied or assumed. It’s […]

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Google ordered to halt human review of voice AI recordings over privacy risks

Google ordered to halt human review of voice AI recordings over privacy risks A German privacy watchdog has ordered Google to cease manual reviews of audio snippets generated by its voice AI.  This follows a leak last month of scores of audio snippets from the Google Assistant service. A contractor working as […]

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EU gov’t and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds

EU gov’t and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches […]

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Cookie walls don’t comply with GDPR, says Dutch DPA

Cookie walls don’t comply with GDPR, says Dutch DPA Cookie walls that demand a website visitor agrees to their Internet browsing being tracked for ad-targeting as the ‘price’ of entry to the site are not compliant with European data protection law, the Dutch data protection agency clarified yesterday. The DPA said it […]

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Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules

Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules A privacy complaint targeting the behavioral advertising industry has a new piece of evidence that shows the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) shedding doubt on whether it’s possible to obtain informed consent from web users for the programmatic ad industry’s real-time bidding (RTB) system to broadcast […]

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UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes very uncomfortable reading for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of […]

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Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists? The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was […]

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German antitrust office limits Facebook’s data-gathering

German antitrust office limits Facebook’s data-gathering A lengthy antitrust probe into how Facebook gathers data on users has resulted in Germany’s competition watchdog banning the social network giant from combining data on users across its own suite of social platforms without their consent. The investigation of Facebook data-gathering practices began in March […]

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