One Year Into GDPR, Most Apps Still Harvest Data Without Permission

While good-acting companies knock themselves out trying to comply with data protection and privacy laws, and regulators debate the minutiae of cookie consent policies, bad actors simply couldn’t care less. The front door may be locked, but the basement windows are wide open. Unauthorized data harvesting from mobile apps has continued nearly unabated in theContinue reading »

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French Regulators Gift Pubs With A One-Year Break Before They Need To Comply With New Cookie Consent Rules

France’s data protection authority is giving publishers until the spring of 2020 to design and deploy GDPR-compliant cookie consent notices. Until then, scroll consent – aka, soft or tacit consent – will be acceptable. At a meeting in late April, representatives from the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés told French industry trade organizationsContinue reading »

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Irish Regulators Begin Investigating Google For GDPR Infringement

Real-time bidding is under the gun in Europe. On Wednesday, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) opened a formal investigation into whether Google’s ad-exchange data-processing practices violate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR celebrates its first birthday on May 25. A complaint filed in September 2018 with regulators in Ireland and the United Kingdom triggeredContinue reading »

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Quantcast Is Starting To Make Money Off Its CMP Footprint

Quantcast began monetizing its consent management platform (CMP) business for the first time on Thursday with the launch of Choice Premium, a paid version of the publisher tool. Quantcast Choice was released about a year ago with the introduction of the IAB Europe’s CMP registry and the Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF), the collaborative industryContinue reading »

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The FTC Might Install A Privacy Official At Facebook; Irish Data Protection Commission Probes Quantcast

Regulation Nation The Federal Trade Commission is in negotiations on a settlement deal with Facebook that would install a federally-approved privacy official at the highest ranks of the company and launch an independent privacy oversight committee. CEO Mark Zuckerberg would be responsible for enforcing privacy at the company, and Facebook will still have to payContinue reading »

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IAB’s Transparency And Consent Framework Update Is In, And Hopefully Google Will Be Too

The IAB Europe and the IAB Tech Lab on Thursday released a second version of the Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF), which publishers and technology companies use to pass consent data for online advertising while still complying with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The TCF update will be in a public comment period forContinue reading »

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Epsilon Could Push Publicis Into A New Privacy Ballgame

With its $4.4 billion acquisition of Epsilon/Conversant, Publicis Groupe becomes a data controller – and that ups the regulatory ante under the General Data Protection Regulation and, likely, any other privacy legislation that comes down the pike. Controllers, in GDPR parlance, determine how and why personal data is processed. Controllers are also required to establish aContinue reading »

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LiveRamp Gets Into Data Privacy Tech With Acquisition Of Faktor CMP

LiveRamp has acquired the consent management platform (CMP) Faktor, the company said Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But LiveRamp will take on Faktor’s 11-person team in Amsterdam. Faktor was founded in 2017, in the run-up to the European Union’s implementation of GDPR, when publishers reevaluated their data collection and privacy policies. LiveRampContinue reading »

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GDPR Complaint Calls Out IAB Europe For Illegal Cookie Wall

Johnny Ryan, chief policy and industry officer at Brave, filed a complaint late Tuesday with the Irish data protection commission arguing that the cookie wall on IAB Europe’s website is “illegal” under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The IAB Europe’s site gives visitors three options: agree to the use of cookies and third-party tracking;Continue reading »

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IAB Europe Raises CMP Fee And Readies Consent Framework For An Update

IAB Europe has notified vendors of changes to its consent management platform (CMP) program, which registers companies that collect and manage consent data for publishers, and is narrowing the gap between its GDPR framework and Google’s GDPR consent standards. These changes also come with a significant price increase. Last week, IAB Europe notified CMP vendorsContinue reading »

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