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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The GDPR Effect Will Reverberate Way Beyond Europe

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may have originated in Europe, but its reach and influence stretches across the globe, including to the US. For example, it’s actually easier for large enterprises to apply standards globally. Having already made a major effort to comply with GDPR for EU citizen data, it’s only logical to stayContinue reading »

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ePrivacy: Why Companies Are Underprepared For A Post-GDPR World

May 25 is here and let’s pretend that companies up and down the digital supply chain are ready for the General Data Protection Regulation enforcement deadline. Good. Now it’s time to start fretting about ePrivacy. Many in the advertising industry have treated ePrivacy almost as an afterthought in the frenzied lead-up to the GDPR enforcementContinue reading »

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Data Onboarders Have A Tough Road Under GDPR

Data matching and cookie syncing aren’t verboten under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but getting the consent to do it is another story altogether, since consumers need to know exactly what they’re signing up for when they provide unambiguous and specific consent. Like most vendors in the ad tech ecosystem, companies that onboard dataContinue reading »

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What Was And Wasn’t Said When Zuckerberg Testified In Brussels

Anyone hoping for an intense grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his testimony Tuesday before European politicians in Brussels can keep on waiting. Zuckerberg trotted out familiar talking points and was sheltered from the intensity and awkward eye contact of real interrogation by a strange format, in which members of the EU Parliament askedContinue reading »

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After Parliamentary Testimony, Is Facebook Or The Ad Industry Capable of Self-Regulation?

Facebook’s CTO, Mike Schroepfer, faced five hours of intense and technically savvy grilling by members of a parliamentary committee on Thursday. The takeaway: UK regulators don’t trust Facebook. To put it more pointedly in the words of British conservative MP Julian Knight: Facebook is a “morality-free zone” with no respect for consumer privacy or theContinue reading »

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Data Provider YouGov Pins Hopes On Blockchain To Ensure GDPR Compliance

While some ad tech and data companies are shuttering their EU operations in light of the upcoming GDPR, others are investing in new but unproven technologies like blockchain to preserve their data-centric business models. When GDPR takes effect in about one month, companies with personal data will need to gain explicit consent from EU citizensContinue reading »

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Prog IO: What Will Be The Fate Of Third-Party Data After GDPR?

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will kill the third-party data ecosystem. Or third-party data isn’t going anywhere. The truth sits somewhere in the middle, said Alice Lincoln, MediaMath’s VP of data policy and governance, at AdExchanger’s Programmatic I/O in San Francisco on Wednesday. “Third-party data is here to stay – if it’s high-quality,” said Lincoln,Continue reading »

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Here’s How Facebook Is Getting Ready For GDPR

With Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation taking effect May 25, Facebook must alter some of its business practices regardless of any fallout due to the Cambridge Analytica debacle. The Cambridge Analytica revelations merely behoove Facebook to move faster and fix things in light of macro privacy changes hitting the EU. The most recent example isContinue reading »

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This Is How Google Is Preparing For GDPR

All eyes have been on Google as May 25 draws near. That’s the day the General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect in Europe, where Google has a target on its back. Google laid out its GDPR prep plan Thursday in a letter to partners after months of playing its cards close to the vest.Continue reading »

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