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Digital & Media 17-01-2022

French and German SMEs oppose tracking-based ads, survey finds

Ahead of a crucial EU parliamentary vote on the Digital Services Act, a survey has found that a majority of small businesses in France and Germany want alternatives to tracking-based advertisements by Google and Facebook, which they perceive as being too invasive.
Digital & Media 14-01-2022

Facebook faces £2.3bn class-action in the UK for data ‘exploitation’

Meta is facing a major class-action lawsuit in the UK over claims that it abused its dominant market position to exploit the personal data of British users. 
Digital & Media 12-01-2022

French MPs call for more transparency, press unity in battle against digital giants

There is a need to put a stop to the information gap between the media and digital platforms, and encourage publishers to join forces to improve negotiations with digital platforms, French MPs concluded in a report presented on Wednesday.
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.
Digital & Media 14-12-2021

France to prioritise digital regulation, tech sovereignty during EU Council presidency

Digital regulation and tech sovereignty will be among France's digital priorities when it takes over the rotating EU Council presidency in the first half of 2022. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 13-12-2021

Advertising is essential to the free web. But tracking isn’t.

It’s heartening to see that European lawmakers are preparing to vote on beefed-up restrictions on tracking ads. In fact I wish they were willing to go even further and consider an outright ban - because as recent events and headlines have unambiguously shown, tracking is doing enormous damage to individual rights and to the integrity of democratic institutions.
Digital & Media 10-12-2021

Facebook should not be trusted to regulate political ads on its own

Our research demonstrates that we cannot trust major online platforms to do a good job of regulating online political ads. Instead, we must ensure that reforms are powerful enough to hold digital platforms accountable, write Victor le Pochat and Laura Edelson.
Digital & Media 07-12-2021

Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $150 billion over Myanmar violence

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, for $150 billion over allegations that the social media company did not take action against anti-Rohingya hate speech that contributed to violence.
Digital & Media 06-12-2021

French press agency and Google team up to fight disinformation in French elections

Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Google France launched on Monday (6 December) a programme to fight disinformation in the run-up to the French presidential elections. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 02-12-2021

Consumer groups could sue Facebook, EU advocate general says

Consumer protection associations can bring representative actions for infringement of EU privacy rules against data processors such as Facebook, before national courts, according to an Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice.
Digital & Media 30-11-2021

UK watchdog orders Facebook owner Meta to sell Giphy

Facebook owner Meta has been told by the UK competition watchdog to sell popular animated images platform Giphy in Britain’s first such move against so-called Big Tech in its efforts to bolster regulation of the sector. The Competition and Markets...
Digital & Media 30-11-2021

Trade secrets don’t trump our rights

Europe’s sophisticated draft legislation – the Digital Services Act (DSA) – could finally change the asymmetry of power and information between Big Tech and citizens by enabling data access for regulators and vetted researchers to look ‘under the hood.’  Sarah...
Digital & Media 30-11-2021

How new, binding EU transparency standards for political advertising could be even higher

The European Commission’s draft law on political advertising aims to create binding transparency standards and includes a ban on targeting. This ban, however, has big loopholes that need to be addressed.
Digital & Media 25-11-2021

Narrowing Data Protection’s Enforcement Gap

Democratic governments around the world have decided that these data protection regulatory regimes are here to stay. Societies must now ensure that these laws lead to meaningful improvements on the ground.

Digital & Media 18-11-2021

Google strikes five-year deal to pay AFP for reusing journalistic content

Google has struck a five-year deal with Agence France-Presse that will see the tech giant pay to reuse journalistic content in what is reportedly one of the largest deals of its kind. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 10-11-2021

Meta to prevent ad targeting based on sensitive information

Meta, the company that owns Facebook, will no longer allow advertisers to target users based on data related to sensitive categories such as political affiliation, religion, race or sexual orientation.
Digital & Media 10-11-2021

Enough is enough! Rein in the giants.

The newly inaugurated Norwegian government must do their utmost to restrict the powers of the international tech giants. So should the European Union and legislators in other countries.
Digital & Media 09-11-2021

Facebook whistleblower asks European Parliament to get tough with DSA

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen called on EU lawmakers to "set a gold standard" and take a tough stance in regulating big tech and safeguarding democracy during her testimony before the Parliament on Monday (8 November).
Digital & Media 05-11-2021

Climate misinformation running high on Facebook, says report

Climate misinformation is "rampant" on Facebook, despite the platform’s claims to the contrary, according to a new report.
Digital & Media 05-11-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: DSA centralised, Data Act leak, political chips, digital footprints

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We will be careful not to go the extra mile in decreasing the freedom of speech.” -Věra Jourová, Vice-President...
Digital & Media 04-11-2021

Regulating Facebook’s Algorithms – Not an Easy Task

The point is not that lawmakers can’t regulate amplification. It’s that doing so while avoiding unintended consequences is hard.
Digital & Media 02-11-2021

Whistleblowers are showing the world why Facebook is toxic. The European Union has a chance to fix it.

Policymakers across the world are alarmed by the algorithmic harms revealed by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen -- but only the EU has an immediate opportunity to enact legislation that would meaningfully address them, several authors write. 
Facebook has told the Irish Data Protection Commission that a breach involving the personal information of 533 million users worldwide took place prior to the entry into force of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, and therefore the company 'chose not to notify' the violation to the authorities.
Central Asia 02-11-2021

Meta and Kazakhstan spar over Facebook control

Facebook owner Meta Platforms and the government of Kazakhstan issued contradictory statements on Tuesday (2 November) after the Kazakh government announced that it had been granted exclusive access to the social network's content reporting system.
Digital & Media 29-10-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: killer acquisitions, Meta, NIS2

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission may impose on gatekeepers a restriction on engaging on acquisitions in certain areas and for a limited...