European governments have been bringing the hammer down on tech in recent months, slapping record fines and stiff regulations on the largest imports out of Silicon Valley. Despite pleas from the world’s leading companies and Europe’s eroding trust in government, European citizens’ staunch support for regulation of new technologies points to an operating environment that […]View More Tech regulation in Europe will only get tougher
A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently […]View More EU gov’t and public health sites lousy with adtech, study finds
Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar made some positive waves on Thursday when, on his official visit with Vice President Mike Pence, he was accompanied by his partner, Dr. Matthew Barrett.
Varadkar and Barrett joined Pence and Pence’s sister Ann for the Friends of Ireland breakfast at the VP’s Naval Observatory residence. It was part of the prime minister’s state visit, which also included a sit-down with President Trump. Read more…View More Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar brings his boyfriend to meet Mike Pence
Embrace your Irish heritage while cozy at home. Read more…More about Netflix, Mashable Video, Ireland, St Patricks Day, and IrishView More 10 Irish films to watch on Netflix for St. Patrick’s Day
In an update to the chromium engine, which underpins Google’s popular Chrome browser, the search giant has quietly updated the lists of default search engines it offers per market — expanding the choice of search product users can pick from in markets around the world. Most notably it’s expanded search engine lists to include pro-privacy […]View More Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets
A privacy complaint targeting the behavioral advertising industry has a new piece of evidence that shows the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) shedding doubt on whether it’s possible to obtain informed consent from web users for the programmatic ad industry’s real-time bidding (RTB) system to broadcast their personal data. The adtech industry functions by harvesting web users’ data, […]View More Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules
There are some things you should definitely steer clear of mentioning when you’re sending an opening message on a dating appThe Troubles in Northern Ireland is high up on that list.
Who would anyone do that, you may well be wondering? Well, we hereby present exhibit A as evidence of one of the very worst exchanges in Bumble history.
Irish Twitter user @Blaisinsquad tweeted screenshots of her interactions with a man in New York City.
Facebook has been called upon to provide good faith researchers with an API to enable them to study how political ads are spreading and being amplified on its platform. A coalition of European academics, technologists and human and digital rights groups, led by Mozilla, has signed an open letter to the company demanding far greater […]View More Facebook urged to offer an API for political ad transparency research
Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website late last week the Irish Data Protection Commission writes: “Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise […]View More Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms
A grand committee of international parliamentarians empty-chaired Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing earlier today, after the Facebook founder snubbed repeat invitations to face questions about malicious, abusive and improper uses of his social media platform — including the democracy-denting impacts of so-called ‘fake news’. The UK’s DCMS committee has been leading the charge to hold Facebook […]View More “The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in
A ruling in late October against a little known French adtech firm that popped up on the national data watchdog’s website earlier this month, is causing ripples of excitement to run through privacy watchers in Europe who believe it signals the beginning of the end for creepy online ads. The excitement is palpable. Impressively so, […]View More How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good
Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally. Last week Facebook declined a invitation from five of these parliaments. The elected representatives of Facebook users want Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions in […]View More Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals