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Inside Facebook’s fight against European regulation

Dozens of Commission documents show how the tech giant pushed back against rules on issues ranging from copyright to privacy.

On a range of legislation, ranging from privacy protection to copyright reform to rules governing responsibility for illegal content uploaded to internet platforms, the Silicon Valley tech giant’s arguments seem to have fallen flat — as European Union officials moved forward with regulation the company was warning against.

Full article: Inside Facebook’s fight against European regulation – POLITICO

EU agrees to fine parties for data misuse in elections

The European Parliament and EU countries agreed, Wednesday, on new election rules according to which European party found to have misused personal data to influence voter behavior can be fined.

In the wake of a global outrage over Cambridge Analytica’s illegal harvesting of data on some 87 million Facebook users, the rules aim to stop EU political groups from using data to influence voter behavior in the upcoming European Parliament election.

Full article: EU agrees to fine parties for data misuse in elections – POLITICO

Validity of consent coupled with free online services

The Austrian Data Protection Authority, headed by the chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), provided a clear way forward for advertising-based business models.

Following a complaint against an Austrian newspaper, the Austrian Data Protection Authority decided that the prohibition on making the provision of a service conditional on consent (“coupling prohibition”; Article 7(4) GDPR) can effectively be circumvented by additionally offering a consent-free equivalent service for a reasonable remuneration.

Full article: Validity of consent coupled with free online services – Chair of EDPB opens a path

Legal proceedings to start following EU citizens’ immigration data access controversy

EU citizens have to launch a legal case against a law which stops people from gaining access to immigration data held on them by the Home Office and other government organisations.

A campaign group named the3million has now been granted a judicial review against the government regarding an element of the Data Protection Act 2018; the group represents UK-based EU citizens as well as the Open Rights Group.

Source: Legal proceedings to start following EU citizens’ immigration data access controversy

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

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, relate to how the services respond to data access requests, per regional data protection rules.

Source: Privacy campaigner Schrems slaps Amazon, Apple, Netflix, others with GDPR data access complaints | TechCrunch

New European Electronic Communications Code means the application of the ePrivacy Directive to OTTs

The ePrivacy Directive (formally ‘Directive 2002/58/EC’) establishes specific rules on privacy for the electronic communications sector, such as limiting the use of traffic and location data and prohibiting listening to communications.

As of Dec. 21, 2020, the obligations of the current ePrivacy Directive will apply to instant messaging applications, email, internet phone calls and personal messaging provided through social media — collectively, over-the-top services — in addition to traditional telecom providers.

Full article: New European Electronic Communications Code means the application of the ePrivacy Directive to OTTs

Draft Brexit Data Protection Regulations would undermine adequacy determination for the UK

One thing can be certain following the recent Brexit Parliamentary shenanigans. The UK will eventually choose from: (a) a hard Brexit; (b) a deferred Brexit; (c) a Brexit perhaps softer than Mrs May’s defeated Brexit, or (d) no Brexit. As most options involve Brexit, the approach the Government has adopted to align Brexit with the GDPR is important.

Full article: Draft Brexit Data Protection Regulations would undermine adequacy determination for the UK

Australia’s anti-encryption collision with GDPR sub-processing

On Dec. 6, Australia passed a surprising law with a global impact on privacy.

The new law requires any Australian company to build backdoors to encrypted data and communications when instructed to do so by the government, while also requiring secrecy about the existence of such surveillance capabilities from individuals and enterprise customers. This unverifiable question of compromised encryption presents many technical threats and introduces international regulatory compliance challenges as well.

Full article: Australia’s anti-encryption collision with GDPR sub-processing

After GDPR, The New York Times cut off ad exchanges in Europe – and kept growing ad revenue

When the General Data Protection Regulation arrived last year, The New York Times didn’t take any chances.

The publisher blocked all open-exchange ad buying on its European pages, followed swiftly by behavioral targeting. Instead, NYT International focused on contextual and geographical targeting for programmatic guaranteed and private marketplace deals and has not seen ad revenues drop as a result.

Source: After GDPR, The New York Times cut off ad exchanges in Europe – and kept growing ad revenue – Digiday

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