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A court in the Netherlands has ruled that Facebook should be required to use filter tech to identify and preemptively take down fake ads linked to crypto-currency scams carrying images of John de Mol and other well known celebrities. The Dutch celebrity filed a lawsuit against Facebook last April over the misappropriation of his and other celebrities' likenesses to sell Bitcoin scams via fake ads that were running on its platform.

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Google is collecting personal medical details just as quick as it can. Under existing health privacy laws, this practice is perfectly legal. In what ways does Google plan to use the data? With Google acquiring Fitbit in a $2.1 billion buyout, the talks were less to do about taking control of a new fitness/health company, but more about what Google plans to do with all that data about everyone's steps.

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Apple Pay has long been viewed critically by Denmark: the reason for this is that Apple has only opened the NFC interface on its devices for contactless payment for the company's own payment app. Conversely, this means that iPhone users have to do without other services. The accusation is that Apple is abusing its market power at this point to put its own services in a pole position. Other market participants feel disadvantaged as a result.

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Facebook may be exposing thousands of under-18 users to harmful targeted advertising, marking them as “interested in” when it comes to alcohol and gambling products. An algorithm from the social media giant may be the reason why. The social network's advertising tools may be flagging around 740,000 children under the age of 18 as being interested in gambling, 940,000 under agers as being interested in alcoholic beverages.

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The European Court of Justice has ruled last Tuesday that Google doesn't need to comply with the right to be forgotten outside of the European Union. Global de-referencing would meet the EU's data protection objectives, but it was found that numerous third states do not recognize the right to de-referencing, or have a different approach to it all together. The court decided that, because the right to personal data is not an absolute right, but must be considered in relation to its function in society, it must be balanced against other fundamental rights.

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Delivery Hero Deutschland GmbH has been hit with Germany's highest GDPR fine ever imposed. Data protection is a serious business; and no place takes it more seriously than Germany. The General Data Protection Regulation is in place to force companies to use customer data legally and with care. 

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