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Belgian authority finds IAB Europe’s consent pop-ups incompatible with the GDPR

Following a number of complaints filed in 2018 and 2019, including by Panoptykon and Bits of Freedom, and coordinated by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, the Belgian Data Protection Authority has found that the consent system developed and managed by the adtech industry body IAB Europe, and used by many websites in the EU, is illegal under the GDPR.

Hide and Seek: Polish DPA agrees that people should be able to access their advertising profiles, but there’s no way to do so

Following Panoptykon’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) complaint against one of the biggest Polish news website, – the Polish Data Protection Authority has confirmed that online publishers should give users access to their advertising profiles generated for the purposes of delivering behavioural ads.

Limits to harmful surveillance in online advertising? Joint statement ahead of the vote in the European Parliament next week

“We don’t have to manipulate our customers or exploit their vulnerabilities to scale up” – European entrepreneurs and social organizations appeal to the MEPs to put an end to invasive and privacy-hostile practices related to surveillance-based advertising and thus open the market to ethical and innovative online ads, which respect users’ rights and their choices. On the opposite bench – the Big Tech lobby fights for the status quo to remain – despite the well-documented social and individual harms caused by the current ads ecosystem.

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