CNIL taps Microsoft Ireland for €60M

France’s Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) found Microsoft Ireland in violation of its privacy laws because the Bing search engine deployed ad cookies on user browsers without consent. The €60 million fine was based on ad profits Microsoft was determined to have generated from the data collection.

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Meta agrees to $725M to settle Cambridge Analytica suit

January 3, 2023

In one of the highest privacy suit settlements anywhere, Meta has agreed to settle the famed Cambridge Analytica suit which in 2018 revealed Facebook was allowing third parties to access user data – and the Cambridge Analytica consulting firm had helped itself to up to 87 million user records. Now, Meta, in agreeing to $725 million to settle the class action, will have the dubious honor of being #1 for a US privacy payout – and one of the top (see below) globally for GDPR.

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IT’S THE LAW (01/03/2023)

January 3, 2023

On January 1, California added niche privacy protections for groups identified as needing special protections. These include: 1) The Student Test Taker Privacy Act which prohibits collecting and using student information unless it can be proven strictly necessary; 2) Assembly Bill 2089 which specifies information collected by mental health apps must be used only if necessary for health care; and 3) Senate Bill 1228 to protect sexual assault victims from having their DNA information available, except when there is an active police investigation.

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Social Commerce Struggles Due to Low Trust in Social Platforms

February 8, 2023

While retail media has been an unexpected success, its sort-of opposite, social commerce, has never met expectations.  This Simplicitydx survey explores why: the biggest problem is low trust in social platforms, which means people prefer to buy directly on brand sites.  Social shopping still has a role to play in product discovery, although social won’t always receive credit if the sale is completed elsewhere.

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