Antitrust Regulators Are Turning Up The Heat On Big Tech. Here’s Your Cheat Sheet

<!– –> From Ohio to DC and from London to Paris, regulators and consumer privacy advocates are sharpening their pencils and their knives. If you don’t have time to keep track of all the actions underway, the biggest takeaway is not to expect a quiet summer. Regulators are increasingly convinced that scaled data collection can harm competition. And the collaboration between data protection authorities (DPA) and competition bureaus, as we’re seeing in the UK and France, will only continue. Here’s a rundown of the most significant moves in the past…

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Google Pledges Not To Kill Third-Party Cookies Without The UK Competition Watchdog’s Say-So

<!– –> Forget about asking for permission to collect cookies. Google will have to ask for permission to not collect them. On Friday, the UK’s competition regulator – the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – announced that Google has agreed to address concerns about its plan to remove third-party cookies from Chrome. The compromise comes following a joint investigation launched in early January into the Chrome Privacy Sandbox proposals by the CMA and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection regulator. Collaboration between competition and data protection watchdogs was…

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Facebook Claims Apple’s IDFA Changes Harm SMBs

Facebook’s got its claws out, calling Apple’s move to require an opt-in for the IDFA “an attack on personalized advertising” that will harm small businesses, creators and kittens. Well, not kittens, necessarily. It’s just that it’s a little hard not to be facetious when a multibillion-dollar company that just got hit with twin antitrust lawsuits is positioning itself – and targeted advertising – as a savior for the little guys in a challenging economic environment. But, to be fair, Apple is about to roll out a change in its ecosystem that will…

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