CJEU ruling has adtech warning lights flashing

The European Union’s Court of Justice (CJEU) ruling this week in an anti-corruption case has legal experts considering broad implications, including for adtech, online platforms and apps due to liability from inferences drawn from personal data. The court’s decision relates to GDPR’s Article 9, which focuses on processing special categories of data and protecting personal sensitive data. The top EU court determined publishing the name of a spouse or partner amounts to processing sensitive data because it can reveal sexual orientation. This may remove a loophole in holding behavioral data that Big Tech and others have relied upon.

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