On June 24, 2021, Google announced that it will delay its plan to replace the use of third-party cookies on its Chrome web browser with new technologies. This delay comes amid antitrust and privacy concerns, as well as scrutiny from the advertising industry that the changes will strengthen Google’s own advertising business.

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Earlier this month, the Belgian Data Protection Authority released its 2020 Annual Report, which showed the Belgian DPA’s focus on the supervision of initiatives to fight the COVID-19 pandemic involving data processing, while not losing sight of its other priorities outlined in its Strategic Plan 2020-2025.
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On April 1, 2021, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid et al., No. 19-511 (Apr. 1, 2021). At issue in Facebook, was the question of what technology constitutes an “automatic telephone dialing system” within the meaning of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §227 et seq. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision is a huge win for companies who communicate with their consumers by telephone/text message.
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On March 15, 2021, the state Data Protection Authority of Bavaria declared the use of U.S. e-mail marketing service Mailchimp by a fashion magazine in Bavaria impermissible due to lack of compliance with Schrems II mitigation steps for the transfer of e-mail addresses to the U.S.
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