Apple agrees to help India develop anti-spam app

(Nov 16, 2017) Reuters reports that Apple has agreed to help the Indian government develop an anti-spam app, with limited capabilities, after previously refusing to do so, citing concern for customer privacy. A government official said that as public criticism from the Indian regulator mounted, Apple executives flew to New Delhi to discuss the app. The executives concluded that the current iOS platform might not allow for the government's requests, such as making call logs available. Apple has said its stance ... Read More

Op-Ed: Advertisers should look toward children's adtech to prep for the GDPR

(Nov 16, 2017) In an Op-Ed for AdExchanger, SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins explains how digital advertisers can prepare for the EU General Data Protection Regulation by looking at measures taken to protect children's privacy in the adtech space. "The kids’ sector has had data privacy compliance requirements in place for several years, initially through COPPA in the U.S., but GDPR will extend the same standards to Europe," he notes. "This has led to an enforced set of privacy-based ad standards for kids, such a... Read More

Albrecht: ePrivacy reg will change business models

(Nov 15, 2017) German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, known for his work navigating the General Data Protection Regulation through the European Parliament, says the proposed ePrivacy Regulation will prompt businesses to change their business models from the current online advertising ecosystem, EUobserver reports. Reforms in the regulation include cookies on websites. Albrecht says citizens will pay for quality content and that the regulation "will maybe support the media industry in getting there." Critics of... Read More

FCC vote could allow TVs to collect viewing habits for targeted ads

(Nov 15, 2017) The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday on rules that would allow TV stations to start using user-tracking technology on a voluntary basis, The Washington Post reports. Next Gen TV allows broadcasters to collect data about users' viewing habits and develop tailored targeted advertising, similar to current practices with internet media companies such as Google and Facebook. In a statement, the FCC said Thursday’s vote would, "approv[e] a technical standard for one-way t... Read More

Complaint alleges debt collection company violated TCPA

(Nov 14, 2017) An Illinois resident, Kate Collins, has filed a complaint against Ally Financial Inc., alleging the debt collector company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act after Collins received calls attempting to collect a debt she did not owe, the Madison County Record reports. After informing Ally Financial she did not have a loan with the company in collection, Collins continued to receive collection calls from the defendant despite being assured her number would be removed. Collins has alleg... Read More

Irish DPC releases guidance on using e-receipts for marketing

(Nov 13, 2017) Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner has issued guidance on the use of email addresses for marketing after conducting an audit where “email addresses, gathered for the purpose of issuing e-receipts, were being used to subsequently issue marketing material,” MediaPost reports. The DPC released the guidance in line with how the rules regarding email marketing may be interpreted under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Marketers cannot use electronic receipts for any campaigns without giv... Read More

Will ePrivacy reg abolish surveillance-driven advertising?

(Nov 9, 2017) The EU General Data Protection Regulation has been a front-and-center issue for privacy pros and businesses for some time now, but major regulatory issues appear to be just getting started. That was made clear Thursday at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress by German MEP Birgit Sippel during her first public speech as the European Parliament's Special Rapporteur for the proposed ePrivacy Regulation. With former MEP and Special Rapporter Marju Lauristin winning an election for her local coun... Read More

Sippel: ePrivacy reg should 'abolish surveillance-driven advertising'

(Nov 9, 2017) The EU General Data Protection Regulation has been a front-and-center issue for privacy pros and businesses for some time now, but major regulatory issues appear to be just getting started. That was made clear Thursday at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress by German MEP Birgit Sippel during her first public speech as the European Parliament's Special Rapporteur for the proposed ePrivacy Regulation. "Would you allow a stranger to go into your bedroom or look through your drawers without yo... Read More

Google announces new YouTube Kids platform

(Nov 6, 2017) Google announced it is rolling out new kid profiles “to customize your kids’ experience,” according to a Google blog post. Parents will be able to enter a child’s birthdate, and content will be based off the child’s age, meaning younger users will see less text and older users will be able to see more age-appropriate categories. Parents must explicitly consent to the collection of data on their children under the terms and conditions. The new platform, however, is leaving some privacy advocates ... Read More

Can a cease-and-desist notice create CFAA liability? Scrapers beware

(Nov 3, 2017) On Oct. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions for certiorari in two noteworthy cases from the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: Facebook, Inc., v. Power Ventures, Inc. and United States v. Nosal. The cert denial leaves standing the appellate court’s broad interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which has become a controversial legal tool affecting commercial collection and use of data. Most criticism of the CFAA is devoted to the potential of its criminal provisions to e... Read More