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Data protection 26-01-2022

Following backlash over cookie phase-out, Google launches new proposal

Following the somewhat unpopular plan to phase out cookies in its Chrome web browser, Google has laid down Topics API as a method of tracking users online through a topic-centred tracking system.
Data protection 25-01-2022

German media industry opposes Google’s planned cookie phase-out

Germany's media and advertising industry has criticised Google for the third-party cookie phase-out it plans to implement in its Chrome browser by 2023 as it could deprive them of a lucrative source of revenue. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 11-01-2022

EU watchdog condemns Parliament over illegal data transfer from COVID website

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued a reprimand to the European Parliament for violating the bloc's privacy laws on January 5.
Digital & Media 07-01-2022

Digital Brief: Reynders leaves the fence, 2022 outlook, France gets big on curbing Big Tech

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We have not so far identified issues with the Irish data protection rules or have evidence that these rules...
Data protection 06-01-2022

French privacy watchdog fines Facebook and Google over cookie tracking rules

France's data protection watchdog known as the CNIL fined Facebook and Google €60 million and €150 million, respectively, on Thursday (6 December) in its latest crackdown against tech giants violating cookie tracking rules. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 14-09-2021

Cookies: French data protection watchdog welcomes increased compliance

Following on from its guidelines on the rules to be applied to cookies, the French data protection authority (CNIL) drew up on Tuesday (14 September) the results of its second campaign of formal notices sent to companies for non-compliance with the legislation on cookies.
Data protection 01-07-2021

Outcry pushes Google to postpone third-party cookies ban to mid-2023

Faced with criticism from competitors and regulators, Google has postponed for mid-2023 its plan to put in place an alternative to third-party cookies, the Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC), acknowledging the need for more time and debate. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 21-05-2021

Germany adopts new data protection and privacy law

German parliament this week adopted a law regulating data protection and privacy in telecommunications and telemedia. For the first time, the legislator transposed EU requirements on cookies from the bloc's e-privacy directive. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 12-02-2021

Google challenges French data watchdog’s €100 million fine in court

France's administrative court known as the Council of State considered on Thursday an application for interim measures filed by Google LLC and Google Ireland after the French Data Protection Authority known as the CNIL fined the digital giant €100 million last December for its cookie collection policy. EURACTIV France was at the hearing.
Digital & Media 10-01-2017

Telecoms firms and internet services like WhatsApp face tougher new privacy rules

Telecoms providers will face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover if they're caught breaking new EU privacy rules that will also hit firms processing vast amounts of machine data in the internet of things.
Digital & Media 17-06-2013

EU websites track users without warning, against own rules

EXCLUSIVE / European institutions are tracking users of their web sites, in breach of the EU's own data protection rules, EURACTIV has learned. The fact has been confirmed by Europe’s data protection watchdog, in an interview with EURACTIV, while Brussels is reviewing privacy legislation to tackle the abuse.