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German Constitutional Court Reshapes “Right to be Forgotten” and Expands Its Oversight of Human Rights Violations

In two recent landmark decisions issued on November 6, 2019, the German Constitutional Court presented its unique perspective on the “right to be forgotten” and announced that it will assume a greater role in safeguarding German residents’ fundamental rights from now on.

In first case the court held that since media nad privacy rights are not fully harmonized by EU law, the fundamental rights guaranteed by the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz) applied. The court stressed that in areas where the law is not fully harmonized, the application of fundamental rights granted by national constitutions can lead to different outcomes in the Member States.

In second case the court followed the Google Spain decision with respect to the general principles, in particular by confirming that the right at stake was the right to privacy. However, in the end, Google prevailed and the court did not order the takedown of the links at issue.

Full article: German Constitutional Court Reshapes “Right to be Forgotten” and Expands Its Oversight of Human Rights Violations

EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s data collection

Competition enforcers on both sides of the Atlantic are now looking into how dominant tech companies use and monetise data.

The Commission has sent out questionnaires as part of a preliminary investigation into Google’s practices relating to Google’s collection and use of data. EU’s focus is on data related to local search services, online advertising, online ad targeting services, login services, web browsers and others.

Source: Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google’s data collection – Reuters

Google to let sites block personalized ads under California privacy law 

Websites and apps using Google’s advertising tools will be able to block personalized ads to internet users in California and elsewhere as part of the Alphabet Inc unit’s effort to help them comply with the state’s new privacy law.

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which goes into effect on Jan. 1, requires large businesses to let consumers opt out of the sale of their personal data. Lobbying by internet companies earlier this year failed to have the law exclude personalized ads, leaving the most popular and lucrative online ads in jeopardy.

Source: Google to let sites block personalized ads under California privacy law – Reuters

Facebook, Google Fund Nonprofits Shaping Federal Privacy Debate

Few companies have more riding on proposed privacy legislation than Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. To try to steer the bill their way, the giant advertising technology companies spend millions of dollars to lobby each year, a fact confirmed by government filings.

Not so well-documented is spending to support highly influential think tanks and public interest groups that are helping shape the privacy debate, ostensibly as independent observers.

Source: Facebook, Google Fund Nonprofits Shaping Federal Privacy Debate

Google restricts contextual ad targeting

Google has taken steps to limit data sharing for targeted adverts as it comes under increasing pressure to do more to protect the privacy of users.

The changes to its advertising technology follow an intervention from the European Union and mean that Google will no longer inform advertisers about the type of content where their ad could appear.

Source: Google restricts contextual ad targeting | The Drum

ICO concerned by mass health data-sharing with advertisers

The UK’s data regulator has expressed deep concerns over reports that some of the most popular health websites are sharing sensitive data with advertisers across the world.

The majority of prominent health websites embed tracking cookies in users’ browsers without explicit consent to allow third-party companies to track them while surfing the internet.

This data is then transmitted to a swathe of advertising platforms including Amazon and Facebook, with the majority of data sent to Google’s DoubleClick targeted ad platform. This includes information like medical symptoms, diagnoses, drug names and fertility information.

Source: ICO concerned by mass health data-sharing with advertisers | IT PRO

As Apple stakes out an aggressive pro-privacy stance, Google occupies middle ground

The ad industry has been bracing for more privacy-focused upheaval in the coming months, from lawmakers and data regulators or from privacy-zealous browsers. As Google has put forward alternative plans for a privacy-focused and ad-funded web, it has also been asking the industry for feedback. This is a markedly different approach to Apple’s muscular stance of ultimate user privacy by default.

Google, as a predominantly ad-funded business with a lot more skin in the game, is revealing itself to be much more collaborative with the industry as it’s forming its approach. , Google has been exploring what restricted third-party cookie use in Chrome would look like by releasing industry research on how it would impact publisher revenue, laying out proposals for building a more private web, and using machine learning to manage ad frequency.

Full article: As Apple stakes out an aggressive pro-privacy stance, Google occupies middle ground – Digiday

Google teams up with security companies to catch bad apps before they hit the Play Store 

Google announced that it’s teaming up with three security companies to help identify malicious apps before they’re published on the Play Store and can potentially do harm to Android users. The company is calling this partnership the App Defense Alliance.

Android is on over 2.5 billion devices, according to Google, and the company says that makes the platform “an attractive target” for abuse.

Source: Google teams up with security companies to catch bad apps before they hit the Play Store – The Verge

Legislation Would Force Google and Rivals to Disclose Search Algorithms

Senate lawmakers are teeing up a bill that would require search engines to disclose the algorithms they apply in ranking internet searches amid growing concern over their use of personal data and give consumers an option for unfiltered searches.

Search engines such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit use a variety of measures to filter results for individual searches, such as the user’s browsing activity, search history and geographical location.

Source: Legislation Would Force Google and Rivals to Disclose Search Algorithms – WSJ

German Privacy Regulators Flooded with Google Analytics Complaints

The data protection authorities of the German states are being flooded with complaints, approximately 200,000 in number, regarding deployment of the Google Analytics service on websites in a manner which allegedly is in violation of GDPR.

At issue is whether deploying Google Analytics is possible without acquiring the consent of the end user prior to deploying the Google Analytics cookie on the end user’s device.

Source: German Privacy Regulators Flooded with Google Analytics Complaints

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