The FTC Is Gunning For Greater Powers To Deal With The Data-Driven Economy

There’s no point passing a comprehensive federal privacy legislation if the main enforcement agency doesn’t have the means to hold feet to the fire. On Tuesday, all five commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection in Washington, D.C., to make an appeal for more resources. “Section 5 isContinue reading »

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Privacy Group Asks European Regulators To Test GDPR Against Seven Tech Companies

Privacy advocates in the UK filed a series of complaints Thursday against Criteo, Tapad, Quantcast, Acxiom, Oracle, Equifax and Experian, questioning whether consumer profiling is legal under GDPR. Watchdog group Privacy International is claiming that the way many ad tech and data companies use data is in direct contravention to Europe’s new privacy law. TheContinue reading »

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French Startup Teemo Appeases GDPR Regulators, Avoids A Fine

There is life after a GDPR enforcement warning. Location data ad tech startup Teemo, one of the first companies admonished under the General Data Protection Regulation for gathering and processing data without informed consent, was given the all clear on Thursday. Teemo, headquartered in Paris, received an ultimatum from France’s data protection authority, the CommissionContinue reading »

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How Nestlé Germany Stayed One Step Ahead Of GDPR

When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in May, Nestlé Germany was ready. Germany’s data collection laws have been notoriously austere for decades, much to the chagrin of some digital players. National laws – such as the Federal Data Protection Act, the Criminal Code, the Civil Code, the Telecommunications Act and Telemedia ActContinue reading »

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5 Things The FTC Needs To Keep In Mind As It Modernizes

What’s a good, succinct way to describe the current US system of data security and privacy regulation? “It’s a mess,” said Daniel Solove, a professor of law at George Washington University. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting a series of hearings from mid-September through November to help it rethink its approach toContinue reading »

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Mobile Apps Are Stalling On The Way To GDPR Compliance

Some apps don’t seem to be taking GDPR seriously – or maybe just don’t realize how much they’re leaving themselves exposed. Although mobile apps aren’t necessarily more at risk of GDPR violations, they do have specific and nuanced tasks they must complete in order to comply, and many are noticeably behind. Mobile apps that rely onContinue reading »

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Forget The Duopoly (For Now). It’s The Little Guys Taking Heat On GDPR

Bonjour, GDPR enforcement. Google and Facebook may have bullseyes on their backs in Europe, but it’s two mid-sized French startups that received the first warning shots from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – and that shouldn’t be surprising. “GDPR is not just there for the big guys,” said Ronan Tigner, an associate at MorrisonContinue reading »

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Trump Administration Plans To Have A Go At Online Privacy Regulation

The Trump administration’s Commerce Department is in talks with tech and internet providers, including Facebook, Google, AT&T and Comcast, to craft a proposal addressing online privacy. The Washington Post reported the news Friday. Why now? The administration is succumbing to pressure amid global criticism that a lack of online privacy regulation led to foreign meddlingContinue reading »

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After Google’s $5B Antitrust Fine, Will GDPR Enforcement Be Next?

Google was hit with a $5.1 billion fine by the European Union on Wednesday for antitrust practices around the Android mobile operating system – a move that underscores Europe’s willingness to issue steep financial penalties for bad behavior. And there’s another bludgeon in the EU’s cache that Google – and the advertising world in generalContinue reading »

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How The California Consumer Privacy Act Stacks Up Against GDPR

While both the California Consumer Privacy Act and Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation address the collection of personal information by businesses, they are actually quite different. Here’s where they diverge and why the advertising trade orgs are lobbying like bandits to block the California act’s passage. The IAB, DMA, ANA, 4As and NAI decried theContinue reading »

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