‘European Commission starts consultation on big tech network costs’
The European Commission wants to question big tech and telcos on their investment and cloud infrastructure plans before tabling legislation that may require big tech to shoulder network costs, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
According to the source, the Commission aims to ensure... Read more
Facebook data-scraping breach attracts GDPR lawsuit
Facebook parent Meta is facing a legal challenge from digital rights group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) over a significant data-scraping breach that resulted in a €265 million penalty for Facebook under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last year.
DRI is challengin... Read more
European carriers form joint venture for ads based on digital IDs
Europe's largest telcos want to take the next step in commercializing digital identities. Four of Europe's largest telecommunications giants have filed a joint venture (JV) proposal with the European Commission.
Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, France’s Orange, Spain’s Telefónica and the UK’... Read more
French regulator fines Apple over personalized ads
France's national data privacy agency (CNIL) has fined Apple a total of €8 million over allegations of inadequate user consent for personalized ads in the company's App Store.
The CNIL stated that the default setting for advertising targeting on iPhones was pre-enabled, despite not being neces... Read more
Meta fined €390 million for data processing in personalized ads
Ireland's data protection authority fined Meta €390 million for illegal data processing in personalized ads on Instagram and Facebook. The verdict puts the tech giant's ad revenue at risk.
Meta's European headquarters are located in Ireland. The Irish data protection authority oversees the org... Read more
Regulator accuses T-Mobile Poland of misleading advertising
Polish regulator UOKiK has accused T-Mobile Poland of misleading advertising related to free mobile data. The company risks a fine that could equal 10 percent of its annual revenue.
UOKiK said that one of the company's slogans, "1200GB free for a year", is misleading. Customers are granted 100GB... Read more
Ireland to look into Twitter’s data breach affecting 400M+ users
Ireland's privacy authority stated today that it would investigate a newly discovered data breach that might affect over 400 million Twitter users.
The DPC, or Data Protection Commission, is already looking into the corporation for a past incident. In the latter case, which occurred in November,... Read more
Cybercriminals sell data of 400 million Twitter users
Cybercriminals are selling the public and private data of 400 million Twitter users on a hackers forum. They are asking 188,000 euros ($200,000).
According to the security news website, cybercriminals, under the name Ryushi, have put the Twitter data up for sale on the hacking forum Breached. T... Read more
Meta Platforms to pay $725 mln to settle Cambridge Analytica class action lawsuit
Meta Platforms, Facebook's parent company, has agreed to pay $725 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the social media giant enabled third parties, notably Cambridge Analytica, to obtain users' data.
The settlement agreement, revealed in a court filing late Thursday, would end a lo... Read more
French watchdog fines Microsoft €60 million over cookies
French data protection authority CNIL has penalized Microsoft €60 million ($64 million) for forcing advertising cookies on customers.
Microsoft received the largest fine imposed by the CNIL this year because it failed to provide users of its Bing search engine with a sufficient way to decline ... Read more