Meta will allow European users to opt-out of targeted ad tracking
The US tech giant is yielding to EU pressure to comply with privacy laws, because the alternative is to pay a hefty fine.
This week Meta announced that it will allow Facebook and Instagram users in Europe to request an exemption from the platforms' data collection system, which Meta uses to targ... 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
Following a €225 million fine from the Irish Data Protection Commission in September, WhatsApp has introduced "edits and clarifications" to its data privacy policies in Europe.
The modifications aim to "clarify" and "amplify" policies for those who don't use WhatsApp, as well as clea... Read more
Irish regulator may stop Facebook, Instagram Trans-Atlantic data flows this May
In an interview, Ireland's data privacy authority indicated that EU-US data transfers by Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram might be blocked as soon as May. Still, the decision would not immediately affect other large tech companies.
Due to fears that U.S. government monitoring may not respect E.... Read more
Irish privacy watchdog starts investigation into Facebook incident
The Data Protection Commission (DPC) in Ireland will investigate the Facebook incident from earlier this month. In the the incident, data from more than half a billion users was posted online.
According to the privacy watchdog, one or more provisions of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 ... Read more
Criticism of Irish privacy authority for slow GDPR action
Since the introduction of the GDPR, Ireland's Data Protection Commission has been swamped with work to enforce the regulations. However, due to the abundance of cases to investigate, privacy authorities are said to be too slow to act on violations.
With many tech giants deciding to locate their ... Read more