Meta helps advertisers avoid Apple service fee
Meta is advising smaller advertisers to purchase their ads through Facebook's webpage rather than through the Facebook or Instagram apps for iOS. As a result, they will soon not have to pay a new Apple service fee.
According to Bloomberg, Meta Platforms is trying to convince smaller advertisers ... Read more
Cross-tracking on Facebook and Instagram ended, but cannot safe our data
Meta will allow users to not share personal information collected on Instagram with the services of Facebook and vice versa. The company changes the policy to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which is effective March 7. For all current users of Meta services, however, that legislation wil... Read more
Millions of credentials for Facebook, eBay and Yahoo leaked
Nearly 71 million login credentials for Facebook, Roblox, eBay, and Yahoo have been available online in recent months.
The data breach was immediately added to the website Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). The millions of login credentials were published on an underground marketplace that trades stolen ... Read more
Facebook and Instagram users can (almost) not withdraw tracking consent
Meta's tracking features are once again under scrutiny. Surprisingly, the complaint is issued againby the privacy advocacy organization noyb. That organization again addresses the Austrian regulator, while the previous complaint against Meta's subscription models is still pending.
Noyb argues t... Read more
Chatbot for Facebook and WhatsApp generates images with AI
Meta is adding about 20 new AI features to Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. Most of the features are coming to the Meta AI chatbot, such as generating images via text.
The new functionality for the Meta AI chatbot should further expand its capabilities for web search, via Bing, and i... Read more
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
Meta awaits daily fine of €89,000 by Norway
Meta can expect a daily fine of about €89,000 from Norway for privacy violations. The privacy watchdog's decision could potentially affect the rest of the EU.
According to watchdog Datatilsynet, Norway does not allow the collection of data for targeted advertising. This refers, for example, to... Read more
Facebook tests Digital Markets Act and lets EU download apps
Meta wants to open up Facebook ads to offer Android apps. Only Europeans will be able to use the service, once the Digital Markets Act democratizes app stores.
Europe's Digital Markets Act is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2024. The law allows all players to offer apps. Thus, the law offe... Read more
Irish DPC has a month to make order on Meta’s EU-US data transfers
The EC's data protection board has ordered the Irish regulator to make an order by the end of
This week Reuters reported that European Union regulators have given Ireland's data regulator one month to issue an order on blocking Facebook's transatlantic data flows.
Helen Dixon, Ireland's Data... Read more
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