EU proposal gives medical data to product developers
Several organizations want the EU to reshape the European Health Data Space (EDHS) proposal to give citizens the choice not to share their medical data. In initial proposals of the EHDS, citizens are powerless and their data gets shared for commercial development by definition.
The European Heal... Read more
Privacy watchdog: ‘ChatGPT in violation of privacy laws’
Italy's privacy watchdog sees the tool ChatGPT as in violation of the privacy law. The regulator came to this conclusion after an investigation into the AI tool.
Italy's privacy commission opened an investigation into ChatGPT and imposed a ban on the AI tool after indications that the tool viol... 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
European Commission wants milder cookie requirements with voluntary initiative
The European Commission wants to end the strict cookie notifications that websites within the EU must comply with. Strict legislation does not seem to have the desired effect. A new "cookie-pledge" initiative from the EC should offer change.
The current strict and mandatory cookie notifications ... Read more
Data companies Experian and Focum silently sell the addresses of Europeans
The addresses of millions of Dutch citizens are being traded by data companies such as Experian and Focum. The trade might be illegal because the companies do not ask for consent or ensure it is hidden in a general consent form. The Dutch DPA is investigating whether the practices violate the GDPR.... Read more
EU turns against Meta subscriptions and prepares to ban data collection
The EU has held an emergency consultation on Meta's advertising policies and subscriptions. This has been scrutinized for the data collection of sensitive personal data, which is prohibited under the GDPR.
The ban extends a previous decision by Norway's data protection authority. Since Norway i... Read more
Facebook and Instagram ad-free for those who pay: creative with the law?
Meta offers a subscription for European users to make Facebook and Instagram ad-free. In this way, the social media company aims to comply with EU requirements on consent to display personalized advertising.
Within the European Union, Meta is launching a subscription to make Facebook and Instag... 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
Ransomware gang Ransomed.vc abuses GDPR to receive ransom money
The ransomware gang Ransomed.vc claims to have carried out a successful ransomware attack on Sony. Remarkably, the hackers are capitalizing on GDPR laws and regulations in the process.
The Ransomed.vc ransomware gang claims to have recently hacked "all of Sony's systems," capturing data and offe... Read more
Meta will ask permission for personalized advertising in the EU after all
Meta is adjusting its policy around personalized advertising for EU users. This ends the imposition of personalized ads on users of the company's social media platforms. Users will be given a choice.
Meta is changing the policy around personalized ads for EU users. The change is necessary to co... Read more