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Recent articles by Natasha:

Upp wants to add more broccoli to the plant-protein mix using big automation

What is automation good for? Harvesting more broccoli than human laborers can, according to Upp, a UK based agTech that's using A-plus-farm-sized machinery to expand crop yields. → Read More

Elon Musk’s Twitter hit with holocaust denial hate speech lawsuit in Germany

Twitter owner and self-proclaimed "free speech absolutist", Elon Musk, is facing a legal challenge in Germany over how the platform deals with antisemitic hate speech. → Read More

Spain’s delivery platform Glovo fined again for breaching labor laws

Another penalty for Spain's homegrown on-demand delivery app and dark store operator, Glovo, which has been fined for breaching local labor laws by falsely classifying thousands of couriers in Madrid as self-employed. → Read More

Germany is looking into PayPal’s terms for merchants

Veteran tech giant PayPal is facing an antitrust investigation in Germany related to its rules on surcharges. → Read More

EU watchdogs agree on how to handle certain cookie consent dark patterns

Cookie consent banners that use blatant design tricks to try to manipulate web users into agreeing to hand over their data for behavioral advertising are facing a coordinated pushback from regulators in the EU. → Read More

WhatsApp slapped for processing data without a lawful basis under EU’s GDPR

Another bill has come in for Meta for failing to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation -- but this one's a tiddler! → Read More

Meta dodged a €4BN privacy fine over unlawful ads, argues GDPR complainant

A €390M privacy fine against Meta's behavioural ads issued earlier this month in the EU was several billion dollars smaller than it should have been, argues the original complainant. → Read More

Curated Loop is ranging indie designer picks for an edgier take on fashion rentals

London-based Curated Loop is a newly launched designer clothes rental platform that's hoping to stand out by sourcing statement pieces from independent designers. → Read More

UK privacy watchdog silent as Google flicks off critique its Topics API fails to reform ad-tracking

Despite deepening opposition from the world of web infrastructure to Google's Privacy Sandbox proposal to evolve how ad-targeting of web users is done, the only regulator actively engaged on privacy oversight of it hasn't got much to say... → Read More

Tech bosses who willingly flout UK online child safety rules to face criminal liability

The UK government has confirmed it will expand criminal liability powers contained in draft online safety legislation with the aim of preventing platforms from intentionally flouting child-safety rules. → Read More

TikTok fined in France for manipulative cookie-consent flow

TikTok is the latest tech giant to be schooled by France's data protection watchdog for breaking rules on cookie consent. → Read More

Meta’s ads being found unlawful in the EU is a warning to other ad-funded platforms

Elon Musk should take note of a recent major privacy fine for Meta before forging ahead with any plan to force behavioral ads on Twitter users in the European Union... → Read More

Major EU privacy decisions against Meta’s legal basis for ads raise fresh complaints

Privacy watchers keen to dig into the regulatory reasoning underpinning two major decisions against Meta earlier this month can now sift through the detail. → Read More

Google users not given sufficient choice over its data processing, says German antitrust watchdog

Germany's antitrust watchdog has issued a preliminary statement of objections over Google's data processing terms -- and said it's currently planning to require the tech giant to provide users with more choice over what it does with their information. → Read More

Europe quizzes TikTok on data safety, disinformation and DSA compliance

TikTok's CEO, Shou Zi Chew met senior European Union lawmakers today and was quizzed on a range of topics -- including preparations to comply with incoming pan-EU rules focused on content governance and safety. → Read More

Facebook data-scraping breach triggers GDPR enforcement lawsuit in Ireland

Meta and its lead data protection regulator in the European Union are facing an interesting legal challenge over a major data-scraping breach and GDPR enforcement of it that led to a €265M penalty for Facebook last year. → Read More

European carriers file to create joint venture for opt-in ad targeting of mobile users

European telcos are moving ahead with a plan to create a joint venture to offer opt-in personalized ad targeting of mobile network users following trials last year. → Read More

France fines Apple over App Store ad targeting ePrivacy breach

France's data protection watchdog has hit the iPhone maker with a fine of €8M for not obtaining mobile users' consent to its ad targeting. → Read More

Meta’s New Year kicks off with over $410M in fresh EU privacy fines

Meta is starting the new year with more privacy fines for its business in Europe following enforcement of complaints over the legal basis it claims to run behavioral ads. → Read More

Europe wastes no time warning Musk over ‘arbitrary suspension of journalists’

EU lawmakers have warned Twitter owner Elon Musk over "arbitrary suspension of journalists" following reports late yesterday that a number of reporters who had written about Musk had had their accounts suspended without warning. → Read More