Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists? – TechCrunch

Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists? – TechCrunch

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was commenting in a personal capacity, described it as “clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being fined a dime. The FCO’s decision instead bans the social network from linking user data across different platforms it owns, unless

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An overview of Europe’s other big privacy rule change – TechCrunch

An overview of Europe’s other big privacy rule change – TechCrunch

Gather round. The EU has a plan for a big update to privacy laws that could have a major impact on current Internet business models. Um, I thought Europe just got some new privacy rules? They did. You’re thinking of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which updated the European Union’s 1995 Data Protection Directive — most notably by making the penalties for compliance violations much larger. But there’s another piece of the puzzle — intended to ‘complete’ GDPR but

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UK data protection complaints more than double under new GDPR rules

UK data protection complaints more than double under new GDPR rules

The number of complaints filed with the UK data protection watchdog has more than doubled since the introduction of new European regulations. There were 6,281 complaints filed with the Information Commissioner’s Office between May 25 when the new GDPR rules went into effect and July 3, a rise of more than double from the 2,417 complaints during the same period a year earlier. The ICO, which enforces the new rules in the UK, did not say if the bulk of

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