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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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The European Union is putting together sweeping legislation to force tech companies to remove content such as hate speech and other illegal material. Brussels is taking a hard stance against content that potentially damages those exposed to it. Tech giants will have to comply, or face the threat of sanctions under the comprehensive "Digital Services Act", which is set to be launched at the end of next year.

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The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect 14 months ago, and has seen e-commerce players in Europe recording lower site visits, page views and revenues. The GDPR is designed to protect citizens of the European Union, making it possible to choose which data is shared by websites visited. It went into force on 25 May 2018, but does clicking an extra 'OK' box really make us safer?

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