On April 23, 2022, the European Commission announced that the European Parliament and EU Member States had reached consensus on the Digital Services Act, which establishes accountability standards for online platforms regarding illegal and harmful content.
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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 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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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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On December 15, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission announced a $2 million settlement with OpenX Technologies in connection with alleged violations of the COPPA Rule and the FTC Act. The FTC alleged that OpenX knowingly collected personal information from children under 13 without parental consent and collected geolocation data from users who opted out of being tracked.
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On November 5, 2021, IAB Europe announced that, in the coming weeks, the Belgian Data Protection Authority plans to share with other data protection authorities a draft ruling on the IAB EU Transparency & Consent Framework.
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The Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina M. Khan, announced that the FTC will hold a virtual open meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 1pm ET to present some findings from evidence gathered pursuant to the 2019 6(b) orders issued to six Internet Service Providers and three of their advertising affiliates regarding the parties’ privacy practices.
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The Irish Data Protection Commissioner has submitted a draft decision on Facebook Ireland Limited’s data protection compliance to other European regulators under the cooperation mechanism of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The DPC proposed a fine for infringements of the transparency obligations under the GDPR, specifically with respect to the legal basis upon which Facebook relied.
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