Social media giant Meta faces a possible ban within the next 10 days across Europe on the consent-free use of personal data for ad personalization. A Meta spokesperson said the company does not face a "blanket ban" on the use of personal data and is introducing a subscription option.
A German data regulator will deepen its investigation of ChatGPT maker OpenAI to determine if the company's data processing requirements comply with European privacy law. The intensified probe will focus on the degree to which ChatGPT guarantees users' rights to access and deletion.
The head TikTok has been summoned by European lawmakers from different parliamentary committees for an inquiry into its privacy practices. In a letter sent to TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew on Thursday, the heads of five European Parliament committees requested that Chew appear for an in-person probe.
The Polish data regulator launched a probe into OpenAI's ChatGPT for potential privacy violations of the European General Data Protection Regulation. The Polish regulator is the third European data protection agency to raise privacy concerns related to ChatGPT.
The British government on Thursday signed onto a European deal easing trans-Atlantic commercial data flows with the United States, telling Parliament that the United Kingdom will accede to a Brussels-led agreement that allows American firms such as Facebook and Google to store Europeans' data.
TikTok will pay Irish data privacy regulators 345 million euros to settle allegations that it violated the privacy of underage users. A TikTok spokesperson said the company disagreed with the Irish Data Protection Commission, saying the violations are based on features that no longer exist.
A Norway court sided with the country's data protection authority in a battle against Facebook over surveillance based-ads, ruling that the agency has the authority to tell the social media giant to temporarily halt behavioral tracking without explicit consent or face daily fines.
The French data regulator is calling on operators of large-scale databases to shore up defenses against a slew of threats including nation-states and sophisticated hackers capable of exploiting the supply chain or zero-day flaws. Next year CNIL will publish a set of cybersecurity recommendations.
Data protection agencies in Finland and Norway on Tuesday imposed a temporary data transfer ban on Russian ride-hailing app Yango over concerns that Moscow could access sensitive data of Europeans. The ban comes before a Russian law granting the FSB access to taxi users' data takes effect Sept. 1.
The Norwegian data regulator said it will start fining Facebook parent company Meta nearly $100,000 daily starting on Monday unless the social media giant stops showing users behavioral ads without their explicit consent. Privacy advocates call behavioral advertising a privacy violation.
Shadow IT strikes again: Britain's privacy watchdog has reprimanded the NHS Lanarkshire health board in Scotland after finding its staff used WhatsApp for the unauthorized sharing of patient data and images as a workaround for in-person clinical discussions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Swedish privacy regulators ordered Spotify to pay 5 million euros after finding the music streaming service not forthcoming enough with how it uses consumer data. Spotify in an emailed statement said the investigation revealed that "only minor areas of our process" were at odds with the GDPR.
Microsoft is warning investors it may receive a fine from European privacy regulators adding up to at least hundreds of millions of dollars over targeted advertising on its LinkedIn social network. European authorities have shown increased willingness to use the GDPR to limit targeted advertising.
Five years after the effective date of the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Union privacy law - hailed as a way to protect the privacy of citizens in an increasingly digital world - continues to be marred by criticism over its lack of effectiveness and uneven implementation.