Norway asks the EU to permanently ban data collection for Facebook
Norway wants to impose a permanent ban on Facebook's data collection. It wants to extend this ban to the rest of Europe through the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). Do the changes in Meta's ad policy still violate European laws?
Norwegian watchdog Datatilsynet does not appear to be done wi... Read more
X lets ‘conservative’ advertisers pay more to stay away from spam
X allows advertisers to have more say in an ad's position. The more advertisers pay, the more neutral the surrounding content.
In a new pricing plan, advertisers from X, the former Twitter, can choose from three pricing tiers. Companies that want to see their advertising around safe content can ... Read more
Canonical causes controversy with Ubuntu Pro update
The new Canonical Ubuntu Pro update pushes unsolicited ads to users, and people are unhappy about it.
Canonical recently released a new update for Ubuntu Pro, an update service that's free for up to five machines. There is a catch. People are unhappy with the unsolicited ads presented when using... Read more
Google Play plans to ban Android VPN apps that block ads
Google will prevent Android VPN apps listed on the Play Store from tampering with or restricting advertising beginning in November. The shift may cause issues for privacy applications.
The revised Google Play policy, which was revealed last month, will go into force on November 1. It specifies t... Read more
Google Cloud’s losses increase, but bosses aren’t worried
Although Google Cloud turned a loss of close to $1 billion in the most recent quarter, parent company Alphabet seems unconcerned.
Alphabet recently revealed its second quarterly report of 2022. Revenue totalled $69.7 billion. $40 billion came from Google Search and associated operations, $7.4 b... Read more
Facebook’s eCommerce initiative struggles
Meta Platforms, Facebook's parent company, isn't making as much headway on eCommerce as staff expected when the pandemic hit, according to The Wall Street Journal. Several retailers aren't thrilled about it.
Retailers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the service, claiming that it lacks... Read more
Microsoft is testing ads in Windows 11 Explorer
On devices running the newest Windows 11 Insider release, Microsoft has begun testing advertisements for some of its other products via the File Explorer app.
A Windows user and Insider MVP spotted the new Windows 11 "feature." He uploaded a screenshot of an ad notice appearing above the li... Read more
CMA gets Google to make commitments in Privacy Sandbox saga
Google's Privacy Sandbox debacle took a turn on Friday when the UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) said it got the tech giant to agree to commit to improvements over the tech (a direct competitor of cookies).
The CMA’s claim came after Thursday’s call by the UK’s data watchdog... Read more
New European laws demand transparency for political ads
To prevent political ads from undermining elections, the European Union announced a new law that will create more transparency around the ads. In a press release, the bloc said that the law aims to protect elections integrity and open democratic debate.
The requirement now is that political ads ... Read more
New malware that infects Windows via search results ads
A newly discovered form of malware has been detailed and shows an interesting system of delivery. Named MosaicLoader, the malware is delivered through adverts in search results. The malware can steal passwords, install cryptocurrency miners and deliver other trojan malware.
MosaicLoader was deta... Read more