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Mark your calendar European friends: July 4th could soon be celebrated as independence-from-Meta’s-surveillance-capitalism-day… A long-anticipated judgement handed down today by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) looks…

CJEU ruling on Meta referral could close the chapter on surveillance capitalism

Yet more strikes against general and indiscriminate data retention in the EU: The bloc’s top court has issued a couple of rulings on joined cases today — one related to…

Europe’s top court chalks up more strikes against bulk data retention

A ruling put out yesterday by the European Union’s top court could have major implications for online platforms that use background tracking and profiling to target users with behavioral ads…

Sensitive data ruling by Europe’s top court could force broad privacy reboot

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…

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

The political agreement reached late last month between the European Union and the United States on a new trans-Atlantic data transfers pact, which aims to end years of legal uncertainty…

EU-US trans-Atlantic data transfers ‘deal in principle’ faces tough legal review

A ruling by the European Union’s top court has reaffirmed that national law cannot rely on a claim of combating serious crime to deviate from the prohibition in EU law…

Europe’s top court sharpens guidance on data retention for combating serious crime

The European Commission has given its clearest signal yet that it’s prepared to intervene over weak enforcement of the EU’s data protection rules against big tech. Today the bloc’s executive…

EU warns adtech giants over ‘legal tricks’ as it moots changes to centralize privacy oversight

The battle between the appetites of European Union Member States’ governments to retain their citizens’ data — for fuzzy, catch-all “security” purposes — and the region’s top court, the CJEU,…

Adviser to EU’s top court suggests German bulk data retention law isn’t legal

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 open internet…

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

Germany’s federal information commissioner has run out of patience with Facebook. Last month, Ulrich Kelber wrote to government agencies “strongly recommend[ing]” they to close down their official Facebook Pages because…

German government bodies urged to remove their Facebook Pages before next year

A long running privacy fight between Belgium’s data protection authority and Facebook — over the latter’s use of online trackers like pixels and social plug-ins to snoop on web users…

CJEU ruling could open big tech to more privacy litigation in Europe

Europe’s top court has delivered another slap-down to indiscriminate government mass surveillance regimes. In a ruling today the CJEU has made it clear that national security concerns do not exclude…

Europe’s top court confirms no mass surveillance without limits

The European Union’s top court has handed down its first decision on the bloc’s net neutrality rules — interpreting the law as precluding the use of commercial ‘zero rating’ by…

Europe’s top court says net neutrality rules bar ‘zero rating’

Facebook is firing up its lawyers to try to block EU regulators from forcing it to suspend transatlantic data transfers in the wake of a landmark ruling by Europe’s top…

Facebook seeks fresh legal delay to block order to suspend its transatlantic data transfers

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Max Schrems on the EU court ruling that could cut Facebook in two

Last month’s ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), ripping up the EU-US Privacy Shield and sewing doubt over alternative mechanisms, has put a cat among the pigeons of international data transfers. For Facebook the impact could fall like a cleaving sword as its business is front and center following the…

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Max Schrems on the EU court ruling that could cut Facebook in two

A month after Europe’s top court struck down a flagship data transfer arrangement between the EU and the US as unsafe, European privacy campaign group, noyb, has filed complaints against…

EU websites’ use of Google Analytics and Facebook Connect targeted by post-Schrems II privacy complaints

Airbnb will be breathing a sigh of relief today: Europe’s top court has judged it to be an online platform, which merely connects people looking for short-term accommodation, rather than…

Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court

Facebook tried to block the referral but today an influential advisor to Europe’s top court has issued a legal opinion that could have major implications for the future of the…

More legal uncertainty for Privacy Shield ahead of crux ruling by Europe’s top court

Europe’s top court has set a new line for the policing of illegal speech online. The ruling has implications for how speech is regulated on online platforms — and is…

Europe’s top court sets new line on policing illegal speech online

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…

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

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that Google doesn’t have to de-reference at a global scale results related to the so-called “right to be forgotten.” Europe’s…

Europe’s top court rules that ‘right to be forgotten’ only applies in Europe

Europe’s top court has made a ruling that could affect scores of websites that embed the Facebook ‘Like’ button and receive visitors from the region. The ruling by the Court…

Europe’s top court sharpens guidance for sites using leaky social plug-ins

Google will be cheered by the view of an influential advisor to Europe’s top court vis-à-vis the territorial scope of the so-called ‘Right to be Forgotten.’ Since a 2014 Court…

Advisor to Europe’s top court favors regional limit to ‘right to be forgotten’

This isn’t really surprising if you’ve been following Uber’s legal woes. But the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed to Uber France that Uber is operating a…

Uber suffers further setback from Europe’s top court

A big blow for Facebook today after Europe’s top court delivered a verdict in a long-running legal challenge that opens the door for plaintiff and privacy campaigner, Max Schrems, to sue Facebook…

Facebook’s least favorite Austrian can now press privacy suit in Vienna

Europe’s top court has provided the final verdict on a multi-years legal challenge brought by EU taxi associations to Uber’s claim that it’s just a technology platform — with the…

Blow to Uber in Europe as top court rules it’s a transport service

Google has filed a legal appeal against a record-breaking fine handed down by the European Commission this summer for anti-competitive behavior relating to the operation of its product search comparison…

Google files to appeal $2.73BN EU antitrust fine

A new report surveying the current status of EU legislation pertaining to the retention of communications data across the region has found that many of the 28 Member States are…

EU states’ data retention laws still violating privacy rights, report warns

Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, which allows private citizens in the region to make requests that search engines delist incorrect, irrelevant or out of date information returned by an…

Google’s right to be forgotten appeal heading to Europe’s top court

Europe’s top court has ruled that knowingly posting links to copyrighted material can be an infringement of rights holders’ rights — even though the copyrighted material in question is being…

Europe’s top court rules linking can infringe copyright if done for profit