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EU parliament backs tighter rules on behavioural ads

The EU parliament has backed a call for tighter regulations on behavioral ads (aka microtargeting) in favor of less intrusive, contextual forms of advertising — urging Commission lawmakers to also assess further regulatory options, including looking at a phase-out leading to a full ban.

MEPs also want Internet users to be able to opt out of algorithmic content curation altogether. The legislative initiative, introduced by the Legal Affairs committee, sets the parliament on a collision course with the business model of tech giants Facebook and Google.

Source: EU parliament backs tighter rules on behavioural ads | TechCrunch

French Court Says an Employer Can Use a Facebook Post to Dismiss an Employee

On September 30, 2020, the French Court of Cassation ruled in favor of an employer that dismissed an employee because of the contents of a Facebook post.

The employee in this case posted a photograph of a new clothing collection of the employer on a personal Facebook account. Posting the photograph was in breach of the employee’s confidentiality obligations under the employment contract. The employer subsequently dismissed the employee for gross misconduct.

Source: French Court of Cassation Decides That an Employer Can Use a Facebook Post to Dismiss an Employee

Irish data watchdog investigates Instagram’s use of children’s data

Irish Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) has opened an inquiry into processing of children’s data by Instagram. Instagram platform is owned by Facebook Ireland Limited.

First inquiry will assess Facebook’s reliance on certain legal bases for its processing of children’s personal data on the Instagram platform.

Second inquiry will focus on Instagram profile and account settings and the appropriateness of these settings for children. Amongst other matters, this Inquiry will explore Facebook’s adherence with the requirements in the GDPR in respect to Data Protection by Design and Default and specifically in relation to Facebook’s responsibility to protect the data protection rights of children as vulnerable persons.

Source: Data Protection Commission’s two statutory Inquiries into Facebook’s processing of children’s data on Instagram (opened in Sept 2020) | 19/10/2020 | Data Protection Commission

Schrems gets a judicial review of the Irish DPC’s procedure

European privacy campaigner Max Schrems has been granted a judicial review of the Irish regulator’s handling of his complaint.

He’s expecting the hearing to take place before the end of the year — and is hoping the action will, at long last, lead to a suspension of Facebook’s EU-US data transfers.

Schrems says his aim is to “kick start a ‘paused’ complaints procedure’” after Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) chose to open a new case procedure last month — simultaneously pausing its handling of his original complaint, which dates back some seven years at this point.

Source: Facebook EU-US data transfer complaint: Schrems gets a judicial review of the Irish DPC’s procedure | TechCrunch

EU regulators draw up ‘hit list’ of tech giants to share data with small rivals

European Union regulators have reportedly drawn up a “hit list” of around 20 tech giants, potentially including Facebook, Apple and Google.

The internet platforms will be hit with tougher regulations than their smaller rivals under the new rules. They will be forced to share data with competitors and be more transparent on how they gather information. he list will be drawn up based on market share and number of users.

Source: EU regulators draw up ‘hit list’ of tech giants to share data with small rivals : CityAM

Facebook, Belgian Data-Protection Watchdog Face Off at EU High Court

The European Union faced some tough questions as it defended Facebook at the EU high court Monday, in a case over which country’s data-protection agency can go after the social media giant.

The Court of Justice of the European Union heard arguments Monday on whether Belgium can go after social media giant Facebook for data privacy violations. The Belgian Data Protection Authority wants Facebook to stop tracking Belgians via cookies, but both the EU and Facebook argued the agency doesn’t have the right to do so.

Source: Facebook, Belgian Data-Protection Watchdog Face Off at EU High Court

Facebook sues two companies engaged in data scraping operations

Facebook has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. against two companies that had engaged in an international “data scraping” operation.

The operation extended across Facebook properties, including both Facebook and Instagram, as well as other large websites and services, including Twitter, Amazon, LinkedIn and YouTube. The companies, which gathered the data of Facebook users for “marketing intelligence” purposes, did so in violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service, says Facebook.

The businesses named in the lawsuit are Israeli-based BrandTotal Ltd. and Unimania Inc., a business incorporated in Delaware.

Source: Facebook sues two companies engaged in data scraping operations | TechCrunch

Cambridge Analytica sought to use Facebook data to predict partisanship for voter targeting

The UK’s data watchdog has sent a letter to parliament in lieu of a final report on a wide-ranging investigation into online political advertising which saw it raid the offices of Cambridge Analytica in 2018 after it emerged that the disgraced (and now defunct) data company had improperly acquired data on millions of Facebook users.

The investigation confirmed Cambridge Analytica applied AI techniques to the data to try to predict partisanship or other significant attributes of voters for the purpose of more effectively targeting them with political messaging. Although it says it was unable to confirm whether such techniques were used in specific campaigns.

Source: Cambridge Analytica sought to use Facebook data to predict partisanship for voter targeting, UK investigation confirms | TechCrunch

Belgian DPA asks EU court for permission to take regulatory action against Facebook

The Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) is appearing at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxemburg in a bid to gain regulatory action against Facebook.

The Belgian privacy watchdog is seeking agreement from the court that the local DPA has the regulatory authority under GDPR to rule on violations against Facebook users in Belgium.

Source: Belgian DPA asks EU court for permission to take regulatory action against Facebook

Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns

Online privacy is a concern for many users, and a new survey suggests people are most wary of Facebook and TikTok.

According to a recent survey conducted by WhistleOut, 85 percent of respondents believe that at least one tech company is currently spying on them. At the head of the list are Facebook (68 percent) and TikTok (53 percent), who many believe to be breaking privacy laws. TikTok especially has seen a recent tide of hate as a Chinese company in possession of American user data.

Source: Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns | PCMag

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