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

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…

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Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms – TechCrunch

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website…


Youth-run agency AIESEC exposed over 4 million intern applications – TechCrunch

AIESEC, a non-profit that bills itself as the “world’s largest youth-run organization,” exposed more than four million intern applications with personal and sensitive information on a server without a password. Bob Diachenko, an independent security…


Privacy campaigner Schrems slaps Amazon, Apple, Netflix, others with GDPR data access complaints – TechCrunch

European privacy campaigner Max Schrems has filed a fresh batch of strategic complaints at tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube. The complaints, filed via his nonprofit privacy and digital rights organization, noyb,…


Most Facebook users still in the dark about its creepy ad practices, Pew finds – TechCrunch

A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes. Pew found three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users did…


This early GDPR adtech strike puts the spotlight on consent – TechCrunch

What does consent as a valid legal basis for processing personal data look like under Europe’s updated privacy rules? It may sound like an abstract concern but for online services that rely on things being…


UK parliament seizes cache of internal Facebook documents to further privacy probe – TechCrunch

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may yet regret underestimating a UK parliamentary committee that’s been investigating the democracy-denting impact of online disinformation for the best part of this year — and whose repeat requests for facetime…


Facebook appeals UK data watchdog’s £500K Cambridge Analytica fine – TechCrunch

Facebook has said it will appeal a £500,000 penalty issued by the U.K.’s data watchdog this summer following a lengthy investigation into the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. Facebook told the regulator an estimated one…


How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good – TechCrunch

A ruling in late October against a little known French adtech firm that popped up on the national data watchdog’s website earlier this month, is causing ripples of excitement to run through privacy watchers in…


Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals – TechCrunch

Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally. Last week Facebook declined…