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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…

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

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 of Justice decision, search engines…


Cambridge Analytica’s parent pleads guilty to breaking UK data law – TechCrunch

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Elections, has been fined £15,000 in a UK court after pleading guilty to failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the national data protection watchdog, the Guardian reports. While…


Facebook and PayPal pull pages of far-right British activist filmed intimidating public figures – TechCrunch

Facebook has confirmed it has removed the pages and profiles of a far-right political activist in the U.K. after concerns were raised in parliament about aggressive intimidation of politicians and journalists trying to go about…


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…


Seized cache of Facebook docs raise competition and consent questions – TechCrunch

A UK parliamentary committee has published the cache of Facebook documents it dramatically seized last week. The documents were obtained by a legal discovery process by a startup that’s suing the social network in a California…


Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security – TechCrunch

The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan,…


Google faces GDPR complaint over ‘deceptive’ location tracking – TechCrunch

A group of European consumer watchdogs has filed a privacy complaint against Google — arguing the company uses manipulative tactics in order to keep tracking web users’ locations for ad-targeting purposes. The consumer organizations are…