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Consumer group calls on EU to urgently investigate ‘the risks of generative AI’

European regulators are at a crossroads over how AI will be regulated — and ultimately used commercially and noncommercially — in the region. Today the EU’s largest consumer group, t

Google fails to overturn EU’s €4BN+ Android antitrust decision

Google’s appeal against a €4.34 billion antitrust fine handed down by the European Union four years ago, after the bloc’s competition regulator found major violations in how it operated

Google’s ‘deceptive’ account sign-up process targeted with GDPR complaints

Consumer rights groups in Europe have filed a new series of privacy complaints against Google — accusing the advertising giant of deceptive design around the account creation process that they say s

After EU child safety complaints, TikTok tweaks ad disclosures but profiling concerns remain

A long-running EU engagement with TikTok — initiated following a series of complaints over child safety and consumer protection complaints filed back in February 2021 — has ended, for now,

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 apply the bloc’s General Data Protection Reg

Daily Crunch: Brex says DoorDash is ‘first of many’ new enterprise customers to come

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EU’s digital rule-book reboot could fumble dark patterns ban and trader checks, warns BEUC

When the European Commission presented its Digital Services Act (DSA) proposal in December 2020, it listed beefed up consumer protections as a headline goal for the flagship update to the bloc’s

TikTok pushes bundle of teen safety measures internationally

TikTok is making a promotional push in Europe and Australia around a bundle of safety-focused features, some of which it announced in the US earlier this month, and which it says are aimed at protecti

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” — claiming the consent management platform allowed

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 over the messaging platform’s aggressive push to

Grindr’s $7M GDPR fine is a stark warning to adtech not to track

Grindr, a hook-up app for gay, bi, trans and queer people, has been fined around $7.1 million (65 million NOK) by Norway’s data protection authority for passing user data to advertisers without

Europe’s top court slaps down ‘zero rating’ again

Europe’s top court has dealt another blow to “zero rating” — ruling for a second time that the controversial carrier practice goes against the European Union’s rules on o

Controversial WhatsApp policy change hit with consumer law complaint in Europe

Facebook has been accused of multiple breaches of European Union consumer protection law as a result of its attempts to force WhatsApp users to accept controversial changes to the messaging platforms&

International coalition joins the call to ban ‘surveillance advertising’

An international coalition of consumer protection, digital and civil rights organizations and data protection experts has added its voice to growing calls for a ban on what’s been billed as &#82

EU to review TikTok’s ToS after child safety complaints

TikTok has a month to respond to concerns raised by European consumer protection agencies earlier this year, EU lawmakers said today. The Commission has launched what it described as “a formal d

TikTok removes 500k+ accounts in Italy after DPA order to block underage users

Video sharing social network TikTok has removed more than 500,000 accounts in Italy following an intervention by the country’s data protection watchdog earlier this year ordering it to recheck t

TikTok hit with consumer, child safety and privacy complaints in Europe

TikTok is facing a fresh round of regulatory complaints in Europe where consumer protection groups have filed a series of coordinated complaints alleging multiple breaches of EU law. The European Cons

GDPR enforcement must level up to catch big tech, report warns

A new report by European consumer protection umbrella group Beuc, reflecting on the barriers to effective cross-border enforcement of the EU’s flagship data protection framework, makes awkward r

This subscription social network is happy to be an Albatross in a pandemic

In discussions of ethically dubious social networks, Facebook is the usual reference choice. But spare a thought for subscribers of InterNations, a Munich-based social networking community for expats,

Google’s location tracking finally under formal probe in Europe

Google’s lead data regulator in Europe has finally opened a formal investigation into the tech giant’s processing of location data, more than a year after receiving a series of complaints
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