TechCrunch: Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests

TechCrunch: Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests. “Most cookie consent pop-ups served to internet users in the European Union — ostensibly seeking permission to track people’s web activity — are likely to be flouting regional privacy laws, a new study by researchers at MIT, UCL and Aarhus University suggests.”

‘We have a huge problem’: European regulator despairs over lack of enforcement (Politico)

Politico: ‘We have a huge problem’: European regulator despairs over lack of enforcement. “Passed in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was largely viewed as a model for the United States and other nations struggling to find effective limits on data collection by technology companies. There was little doubt that, given the breadth of the law and the many suspected violations by global tech firms, there would soon be heavy fines or, at least, sanctions that would force Big Tech to change its operating methods. But that promise has not been fulfilled.”

Dear Americans: Be Very, Very Afraid Of The EU’s New Copyright Rules (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Dear Americans: Be Very, Very Afraid Of The EU’s New Copyright Rules. “Former MEP Julia Reda, who lead the fight to block the problematic parts of the EU Copyright Directive (and who came very close to succeeding against huge odds, but eventually lost) has published a really important piece for the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard about why the new Copyright Directive should terrify every American who recognizes the importance of an open internet. First off, these laws mostly target American companies — many of which may just choose to follow the new EU rules globally.”

BBC: Pro-Indian ‘fake websites targeted decision makers in Europe’

BBC: Pro-Indian ‘fake websites targeted decision makers in Europe’. “A global network of pro-Indian fake websites and think-tanks is aimed at influencing decision-making in Europe, researchers say. The co-ordinated network of 265 sites operates across 65 countries, according to a report by Brussels-based NGO, EU Disinfo Lab.”

BBC: Internet provider faces big GDPR fine for lax call centre checks

BBC: Internet provider faces big GDPR fine for lax call centre checks. “A German internet service provider faces a €9.6m ($10.6m; £8m) fine after being accused of failing to carry out tough enough customer ID checks. Germany’s data protection watchdog said anyone who called 1&1 Telecom could get extensive personal information about someone else solely by giving their name and date of birth.”

The Register: Europol wipes out 30,000+ piracy sites, three suspects cuffed to walk the legal plank

The Register: Europol wipes out 30,000+ piracy sites, three suspects cuffed to walk the legal plank. “In total, Europol says it was able to shut down 30,506 domains. They also arrested three people, seized 26,000 pieces of clothing and perfume, grabbed 363 litres of alcohol (about 10 Reg holiday parties), an unspecified number of hardware devices, and upwards of €150,000 in bank and online payment accounts.”

EU antitrust regulators seek details of Google’s data practices: document (Reuters)

Reuters: EU antitrust regulators seek details of Google’s data practices: document . “European Union (EU) antitrust regulators are seeking details of Google’s data collection practices, according to a document seen by Reuters, a move that could signal yet more regulatory woes for the world’s most popular internet search engine.”