Academic Study Shows European Startup Investments Diminished In The Wake Of GDPR

Investment in European startups has dropped by 36% compared to American or other global startups since the rollout of GDPR. At least, that’s what the data shows in a report published in the academic journal Marketing Science this month. The new report, titled “The Short-Run Effects of the General Data Protection Regulation on Technology Venture Investment,” uses commercial investment data from Crunchbase and VentureXpert, an investment data base owned by Thomson Reuters, to track startup investments from the two years before and after the enactment of GDPR. Liad Wagman, one…

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Sensical Takes An Algorithm-Free Approach To Kids’ Streaming

“The Sell Sider” is a column written by the sell side of the digital media community. Common Sense Networks, the for-profit arm of news media watchdog group Common Sense Media, launched its free ad-supported streaming service Sensical for children less than a month ago, touting higher standards around child safety and learning compared to algorithm-driven platforms, such as YouTube Kids. The new service is algorithm-free and includes 15,000 hand-picked videos organized into 50 channels. Sensical is being distributed via iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. A distribution deal with Vizio and…

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The Privacy Tech Vendor Landscape Exploded In 2021

When the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) started analyzing the privacy tech vendor landscape in 2016, there were 44 vendors on the scene. This year, that number reached more than 350. “We really started noticing it after GDPR was passed in the EU, during that two-year ramp-up period before it went into effect in 2018,” said Jedidiah Bracy, editorial director of the IAPP, which publishes an annual report tracking the growth of the privacy technology marketplace. In the past three years – the General Data Protection Regulation celebrated its…

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Tapad Is Shutting Down Its Business In Europe

<!– –> Cheerio, Europe. Experian-owned Tapad is exiting its European business after seven years in the market. Tapad will stop the delivery and use of its graph in the EU by August 1. The company denies rumors that its move is a preemptive measure to avoid an investigation by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office. “Our decision to cease the use of the Tapad Graph in the EU and UK is a strategic commercial decision given these markets make up a very small portion of Tapad’s revenue and the greater opportunities…

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AdGear Founders Raise $3.6 Million For New Data Privacy Venture

The founders of AdGear – a Canadian DSP and ad server acquired by Samsung Ads in 2016 – raised $3.6 million in seed funding to build a SaaS data connectivity platform called Optable. Optable uses specialized algorithms that ensure the secure transmission of encrypted audience data. The cryptographic technology allows for decentralized and secure data collaboration. Marketers and publishers could use the technology for both activation and measurement use cases. The tech is not built on blockchain, although it uses similar protocols, Optable CPO Vlad Stesin said. Optable is launching…

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The Big Story: Consumer Protection Is Virginia Territory

<!– –> This week on The Big Story, we present the latest in privacy protection regulations – true-false style. Because, honestly, this stuff can be pretty dry unless you make a game out of it.  As you might know, Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) will likely soon become law. But how is it different from the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? And where does it dovetail and differ from the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) or the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)? The One And Only (TOAO) Allison…

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Johnny Ryan Exits Brave With Plans To Push Hard For GDPR Enforcement

Johnny Ryan, an expert thorn in the edge of large specialist and also add technician, left behind web browser business Brave recently to go atomic on records civil liberties. He is actually currently an elderly other at Open Markets Institute, a brain trust concentrated on antitrust problems, as well as an elderly other at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, a Dublin-based constitutionals rights association which possesses a lengthy past history of marketing for information civil liberties. Ryan invested 2 years as main plan as well as sector associations police…

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Ad Tech Bristles At The CNIL’s Consent Recommendations – But ePrivacy Could Change Everything

It’s nearly le denouement pour le cookie consentement en France. The Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (the CNIL), France’s data protection authority, is on the cusp of finalizing its updated consent guidelines for cookies and other trackers – and the stakes are high. “The question is not whether consent is applicable – of course it is – the question is: Will France be more strict about consent than elsewhere in Europe by giving data subjects the right to object along with every consent request?” said Etienne Drouard, a partner at Hogan…

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Grindr’s Data Is Sensitive, But Its Data-Sharing Practices Are The Norm In The App World

Grindr and a handful of other dating apps are getting publicly pummeled for sharing personal user data, including location data and sexual preferences, with third-party companies. But Grindr, OKCupid, Tinder and others are not alone. The practice is pervasive among every type of app. A report released Tuesday by the Norwegian Consumer Council, an Oslo-based nonprofit, found after an analysis of 10 popular apps that none allowed users to make “an informed choice” about how their data would be used, which is a core tenet of Europe’s General Data Protection…

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