UK and EU regulators to probe Facebook for anti-trust violation
In what may be a new stage of coordination to bring Big Tech in line, the UK and EU announced plans to coordinate their investigation of Facebook, making it harder for the company to avoid serious penalty. This follows last week's move by NOYB and other privacy groups uniting to oppose Clearview's data infringements.
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UK and EU regulators make same day announcements, possibly signaling coordinated probe
Facebook being investigated for antitrust violations
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and EU's Competition Commission are investigating whether Facebook is misusing ad data to gain unfair advantage over competitors. They plan to coordinate efforts and look into use of data for classified ads and online dating. This heightens the risk for Facebook.
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Android adds privacy protection by zeroing out ID value
Google to erase Ad IDs for Android users who opt out of personalized ads
While Apple forced apps ask permission for 3rd-party tracking, Android will wait for them to opt-out before automatically erasing the Ad ID field. It's a step towards greater privacy but will also hinder analytics and fraud detection. Google has said that it will provide an analytics and fraud detection alternative in July. The company also plans to offer users more privacy options.