EU regulators’ ruling against Meta could upend social media’s revenue model

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which includes all the EU regulators, has ruled Facebook and Instagram (owned by Meta) can’t require accepting targeted ads as a condition of joining the network. If leaked details of the ruling are correct and this practice is deemed in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the decision would have broad impact well beyond Meta. This is because it would limit companies from using data they directly collect on their own site.

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Alarming survey shows ad tool may expose data from more than 70,770 sites to Twitter

December 13, 2022

Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase prompted widespread concern about what data he’d access, share, and protect. Subsequent news has alarmed privacy advocates. Now, an Adalytics’ study reveals that web crawler data from 70,770+ websites may be available through Twitter thanks to an ad pixel (called Pixel) which puts data from businesses, governments, organizations, hospitals, and users at broad risk unless a Restricted Data Usage (RDU) setting is activated – and the study found most times it’s not.

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