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Adtech giant Criteo faces $65M fine in France for GDPR consent breaches

In the latest blow to the creepy ‘tracking-ads’ complex, French adtech giant Criteo has been found in breach of European Union data...

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Children’s rights groups call out TikTok’s ‘design discrimination’

Research examining default settings and terms & conditions offered to minors by social media giants TikTok, WhatsApp and Instagram across 14...

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Italy warns TikTok over privacy policy switch

TikTok’s attempt to switch legal basis for targeting advertising at users in Europe looks to be in trouble after Italy’s data protection watchdog...

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Summer decision looms for Facebook’s EU-US data transfers

The wheels of privacy enforcement are slowly turning against Facebook in Europe — where its lead data protection regulator, Ireland’s...

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WhatsApp given a month to fix consumer ToS concerns in Europe

WhatsApp has been warned by European regulators it has one more month to fix its confusing terms of service, the Commission said today. The...

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Meta consolidates its privacy policy to appease regulators

In an effort to make its notoriously dense user agreements less labyrinthine, Meta has rewritten and redesigned how that information is presented....

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UK fines Clearview just under $10M for privacy breaches

The UK’s data protection watchdog has confirmed a penalty for the controversial facial recognition company, Clearview AI — announcing a...

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Spain slaps Google for frustrating the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’

Here’s a rare sight: Google has been hit with a €10 million fine by Spain for serious breaches of the European Union’s General Data...

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Report spotlights vast scale of adtech’s ‘biggest data breach’

New data about the real-time-bidding (RTB) system’s use of web users’ info for tracking and ad targeting, released today by the Irish...

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Clearview AI banned from selling its facial recognition software to most US companies

A company that gained notoriety for selling access to billions of facial photos, many culled from social media without the knowledge of the...

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Europe’s top court unblocks more GDPR litigation against Big Tech

A ruling by the European Union’s top court today is set to unblock a raft of litigation brought by consumer protection organizations seeking to...

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Study finds TikTik’s ban on uploads in Russia failed, leaving it dominated by pro-war content

With Facebook, Twitter and Instagram banned by the Kremlin, TikTok is the last global social media platform still operating in Russia. In response to...

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Ex-Apple employee takes Face ID privacy complaint to Europe

Privacy watchdogs in Europe are considering a complaint against Apple made by a former employee, Ashley Gjøvik, who alleges the company fired her...

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Transatlantic data transfers ‘deal in principle’ faces tough legal review

The political agreement reached late last month between the European Union and the US administration on a new transatlantic data transfers pact which...

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EU and US agree data transfer deal to replace defunct Privacy Shield

The European Union has just announced reaching an agreement in principle with the US on a revived transatlantic data flows deal — potentially...

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UK police arrest 7 people in connection with Lapsus$ hacks

City of London police say those arrested are between the ages of 16 and 21.

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Google dials up focus on portability ahead of rule changes

Google has signalled it’s dialling up efforts around portability, announcing a plan yesterday to spend $3 million and “hundreds of...

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TikTok children’s privacy lawsuit can proceed, says UK High Court

A UK High Court judge has granted permission for a class-action style privacy lawsuit to proceed against TikTok over its handling of children’s...

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Privacy Shield 2.0 is ‘high priority’ but ‘not easy’, warns EU’s Vestager

Agreeing a new data transfer agreement with the US is a “high priority” for the EU, Margrethe Vestager, the bloc’s executive VP for...

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Meta crowns Nick Clegg president of tilting at regulatory headwinds

Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister of the U.K., has been elevated to new heights at Meta, the tech giant formerly known as Facebook —...

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Meta’s Oversight Board urges Facebook and Instagram to tighten doxing rules

Meta’s external advisory organization issued new recommendations Tuesday, urging the company to bolster its policies that protect users against...

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Changing how we approach data privacy to unlock economic opportunities

While the pandemic accelerated the ability to live our lives largely online, around 4 billion people remain “digitally invisible” because their...

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Behavioral ad industry gets hard reform deadline after IAB’s TCF found to breach Europe’s GDPR

A piece of compliance theatre that the behavioral ad industry has for years passed off as “a cross-industry best practice standard”...

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WhatsApp quizzed over consumer protection concerns in EU

Remember the backlash over that impossible-to-understand privacy policy update pushed out by WhatsApp last year? A consumer protection complaint...

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Google gets hit with a new lawsuit over ‘deceptive’ location tracking

Washington, DC, Texas, Washington state and Indiana announced the latest lawsuit against Big Tech Monday, alleging that Google deceived users by...

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As its data flows woes grow, Google lobbies for quickie fix to EU-US transfers

As the legal uncertainty in Europe clouding use of US cloud services cranks up, Google has responded by firing up its lobbying engines to call for US...

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Best of TechCrunch 2021

We asked our staff to vote on their favorite stories of the year, added evergreen content and our top TC+ articles for a well-rounded 2021 list....

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Ireland-led GDPR inquiry into Instagram’s use of kids’ data inches on

Ireland’s embattled data protection regulator, the DPC, has announced the submission of a draft decision sent to other EU DPAs Friday in...

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