On March 24, 2022, the European Union unveiled the final text of the Digital Markets Act that was reached following trilogue negotiations between the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States.
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On March 1, 2022, President Biden, in his first State of the Union address, called on Congress to strengthen privacy protections for children, including by banning online platforms from excessive data collection and targeted advertising for children and young people.
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On February 14, 2022, Noom Inc., a popular weight loss and fitness app, agreed to pay $56 million, and provide an additional $6 million in subscription credits to settle a putative class action in New York federal court.
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On February 2, 2022, the Litigation Chamber of the Belgian Data Protection Authority imposed a 250,000 Euro fine against the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe for several alleged infringements of the GDPR, following an investigation into IAB Europe’s Transparency and Consent Framework.
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The Austrian data protection authority recently published a decision finding that the use of Google Analytics cookies violates both Chapter V of the GDPR, which establishes the rules on international data transfers, and the Schrems II judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission reached a $1.5 million settlement with loan application company ITMedia Solutions LLC over alleged violations of the FTC Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act. The FTC alleged that ITMedia deceptively acquired and indiscriminately shared consumers’ sensitive personal information under the guise of connecting them with lenders.
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On December 27, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission sought public comment on a petition filed by Accountable Tech calling on the FTC to use its rulemaking authority to prohibit “surveillance advertising” as an “unfair method of competition.”
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