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Music streaming giant Spotify is facing a fine of around €5 million ($5.4M) in Sweden years after it was accused of breaching the data access rights of users in the…

Spotify fined in Sweden over GDPR data access complaint

Facebook and Instagram users in the European Union objecting to Meta’s behavioral advertising can easily ask for their data not to being used for its consentless tracking-and-profiling thanks to a…

Using Facebook in the EU? Here’s how to opt out of its creepy ads

European privacy rights group noyb is building a case against every political party in Germany, alleging unlawful microtargeting of voters.

Facebook political microtargeting at center of GDPR complaints in Germany

A €390 million privacy fine for Meta announced earlier this month in the European Union — for running behavioral ads on Facebook and Instagram in the region without a valid…

Meta dodged a €4BN privacy fine over unlawful ads, argues GDPR complainant

Privacy watchers keen to dig into the regulatory reasoning underpinning two major decisions against Meta earlier this month — which struck down Facebook and Instagram’s claim of contractual necessity as…

Major EU privacy decisions against Meta’s legal basis for ads raise fresh complaints

Major privacy complaints targeting the legality of Meta’s core advertising business model in Europe have finally been settled via a dispute resolution mechanism baked into the EU’s General Data Protection…

Meta’s behavioral ads will finally face GDPR privacy reckoning in January

Google is facing a fresh privacy complaint in Europe over ads it inserts into its Gmail email service in the guise of emails. Privacy advocacy group, noyb, has filed the…

Google faces ‘spam ads’ ePrivacy complaint in France

Just over a year after launching a major project targeting thousands of sites blatantly flouting cookie tracking rules in Europe, regional privacy campaign group noyb has fired off another batch…

Hold-outs targeted in fresh batch of noyb GDPR cookie consent complaints

The wheels of privacy enforcement are slowly turning against Facebook in Europe — where its lead data protection regulator, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), has taken a key procedural step…

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

Another strike against use of Google Analytics in Europe: The Italian data protection authority has found a local web publisher’s use of the popular analytics tool to be non-compliant with…

Italy’s data watchdog latest to warn over use of Google Analytics

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

European privacy advocacy group noyb has fired off a second batch of cookie consent complaints (270 in total) targeting websites in the region that it says are failing to properly…

More deceptive cookie banners targeted in latest noyb EU action

Facebook has received a “revised” preliminary decision from its lead EU privacy regulator with implications for its ability to continue to export user data to the US, TechCrunch has learned.…

Meta sent a new draft decision on its EU-US data transfers

Use of Google Analytics has now been found to breach European Union privacy laws in France — after a similar decision was reached in Austria last month. The French data…

France’s privacy watchdog latest to find Google Analytics breaches GDPR

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 make users accept impenetrable terms…

WhatsApp quizzed over consumer protection concerns in EU

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 and European lawmakers…

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

The European Union’s chief data protection supervisor has sanctioned the European Parliament for a series of breaches of the bloc’s data protection rules. The decision sounds a loud warning to…

European parliament found to have broken EU rules on data transfers and cookie consents

In its latest (and last) pre-Christmas document reveal, European privacy advocacy group noyb has published details of an 86-page internal assessment by Facebook of its (continued) transfers of European’s personal…

Facebook’s internal assessment of EU-US data transfers shows it has no legal leg to stand on, says noyb

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…

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

Ireland’s embattled data protection regulator, the DPC, has announced the submission of a draft decision sent to other EU DPAs Friday in relation to a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)…

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

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

Facebook’s problems with European privacy law could be about to get a whole lot worse. But ahead of what may soon be a major (and long overdue) regulatory showdown over…

Facebook’s lead EU privacy supervisor hit with corruption complaint

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in the European Union is inching toward making its first decision on a complaint against Facebook itself. And it looks like it’s a doozy. Privacy…

Ireland’s draft GDPR decision against Facebook branded a joke

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has yet another Big Tech GDPR probe to add to its pile: The regulator said yesterday it has opened two investigations into video sharing platform TikTok.…

Ireland probes TikTok’s handling of kids’ data and transfers to China

In the latest quasi-throwback toward “do not track,” the U.K.’s data protection chief has come out in favor of a browser- and/or device-level setting to allow internet users to set…

After years of inaction against adtech, UK’s ICO calls for browser-level controls to fix ‘cookie fatigue’

It’s been a long time coming but Facebook is finally feeling some heat from Europe’s much trumpeted data protection regime: Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has just announced a €225…

WhatsApp faces $267M fine for breaching Europe’s GDPR

Privacy litigation that’s being brought against Facebook by two not-for-profits in the Netherlands can go ahead, an Amsterdam court has ruled. The case will be heard in October. Since 2019,…

Dutch court will hear another Facebook privacy lawsuit

European privacy group noyb, which recently kicked off a major campaign targeting rampant abuse of the region’s cookie consent rules, has followed up by publishing a technical proposal for an…

Europe needs to back browser-level controls to fix cookie consent nightmares, says privacy group

Cookie pop-ups getting you down? Complaints that the web is “unusable” in Europe because of frustrating and confusing “data choice” notifications that get in the way of what you’re trying…

Europe’s cookie consent reckoning is coming

European Union lawmakers are facing further pressure to step in and do something about lackadaisical enforcement of the bloc’s flagship data protection regime after the European Parliament voted yesterday to…

European Parliament amps up pressure on EU-US data flows and GDPR enforcement