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Senior Fellow at ICCL & OpenMarkets. Previously Chief Policy Officer Brave. FRHistS.

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We examine Big Tech decisions in the (Irish) Data Protection Commission's new annual report.

  1. DPC took years to issue decisions in cases where the GDPR was found to have been infringed. More than half took at least 4 years.

  2. The DPC was overruled by its EU counterparts and ordered (by majority vote) to act more strongly against

-WhatsApp
-Instagram
-Facebook
-TikTok

Example: EDPB ordered DPC to fine Meta €1.2 billion.

See table of cases at https://iccl.ie/news/irish-big-tech-enforcement-in-2023/

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It does indeed appear that Coimisiún na Meán has had its wings clipped by Thierry Breton. Ireland wanted to force tech firms to switch off toxic recommender algorithms by default but was prevented by the European Commission.
This is despite massive public support for the measure.
It was a clear choice. Breton could have given everybody the freedom to decide whether to switch these systems on or not. Alas, he has trapped us in a dystopic mess. https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2024/0527/1451373-online-safety/

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Four truths I learned working in online ads:

  1. Most metrics are garbage, and fraud is vast
  2. Big tech firms will always claim uncertainty about their legal obligations
  3. Publishers will find ways to lose money in digital
  4. Enforcers will find ways to not do their jobs

Video from the European Data Summit at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin.

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The Six Horsemen of the Digital Apocalypse and what the next European Commission President should do about them.

My talk at Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin last night.

https://vimeo.com/936157932

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I'll be speaking at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Berlin this evening at 8pm Berlin time.
Live streaming link for the 2024 Data Summit here--> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf-68KeNIQY

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Last night RTE Prime Time revealed that TikTok pushes suicide videos in to children's feeds. But luckily Coimisiún na Meán has the power to force them to switch off their toxic algorithms. It must now use it.

See the Prime Time episode here --> https://www.rte.ie/news/primetime/2024/0416/1443731-13-on-tiktok-self-harm-and-suicide-content-shown-shocks-experts/

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@samueljohnson the episode is online

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@samueljohnson I watched on the website

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This morning in Tagesspiegel we outline how the next European Commission should tackle the Six Horsemen of the Digital Apocalypse
https://background.tagesspiegel.de/digitalisierung/stoppt-die-sechs-reiter-der-digitalen-apokalypse

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We are asking the European Commission to stop relying on bodies funded by Google, Amazon, Meta, and Qualcomm to provide training for European judges and watchdogs.

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The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament have published a report on age verification. Its conclusion is that age verification is necessary but impossible.
Important for DSA and AVMSD.
https://www.greens-efa.eu/en/article/document/trustworthy-age-assurance

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I think this Meta notice means that I have to lose my old messenger account if I don’t allow Meta to cross use all data from now on between Facebook and Messenger?

If so, it is malicious compliance with the EU Digital Markets Act.

We have already given evidence to the European Commission of Meta’s internal data free for all, infringing both the GDPR and DMA. https://www.iccl.ie/news/unsealed-court-documents-reveal-data-anarchy-at-meta/
We are now waiting on enforcement.

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Something big has been happening under the surface of economics. This reassessment by one of the field’s masters is a sign that that change may break through https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/fandd/issues/2024/03/Symposium-Rethinking-Economics-Angus-Deaton

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Where Africa leads Europe must follow.
Our letter to Thierry Breton this morning: Europe should follow Africa’s lead protecting elections from digital threat. African Union’s new rules on recommender systems and adtech lead the way. See —> https://www.iccl.ie/news/europe-should-follow-africas-lead-on-tech-and-elections/

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Key paragraphs in the African Union rules:

  • No recommender systems based on intimate profiles should be on by default, though people can ask for them if they really want.

  • No broadcasting of personal data by adtech to many other companies.

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Tomorrow morning, I'll be speaking at the European Digital SME Alliance about the DMA https://www.digitalsme.eu/events/digital-sme-focus-group-fair-fair-and-contestable-digital-markets-for-smes/

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Greetings from the Court of Appeal in Dublin.
When the DPC defers for 5+ years an investigation in to the biggest data breach in history, even though that Real-Time Bidding (RTB) data breach continues, there are big issues that need to be considered.

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Good to see a strong statement at yesterday’s Irish parliamentary hearing from our watchdog about the high risks of recommender systems.

As Commissioner Hodnett said elsewhere in her remarks “The era of self regulation is over”

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My statement at the Irish parliament hearing yesterday on A.I. and children's safety

"The first step is to acknowledge – at long last – that we cannot put our faith in voluntary action by tech companies."

All witnesses all called for strong action by Coimisuin na Mean on recommender systems

Longer video here --> https://www.iccl.ie/news/tech-companies-will-not-save-our-kids-iccl-speaks-at-oireachtas-childrens-committee/

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I and Kris Shrishak will be testifying at the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) Children's Committee today to testify about the impact of A.I. on children.

The Examiner has a preview this morning --> https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-41330389.html

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This morning more than 60 organisations jointly urge Coimisiún na Meán to take strong action on TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook’s recommender algorithms
See —> https://www.iccl.ie/news/62-organisations-urge-strong-action-by-coimisiun-na-mean-on-recommender-system-algorithms/

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“74% of company-internal data protection professionals say that authorities would find significant violations at an average company”.
@noybeu marks Data Protection Day with new research that reveals Europe’s failure to apply the GDPR. https://noyb.eu/en/data-protection-day-74-experts-see-relevant-violations-most-companies

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The human rights, innovation & competition, national security, media sustainability, and carbon consequences of Europe’s failure to apply its most famous law are probably grievous. But it is not too late to fix this, and build a better future.

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Huge support for new rules.
Poll: 82% of Ireland favours social media companies being made to stop building up data about their sexual desires/political & religious views/ethnicity/health etc, and using that data to pick what videos are shown to them.

https://www.iccl.ie/news/82-of-the-irish-public-wants-big-techs-toxic-algorithms-switched-off/

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Podcast - I spoke with Adrian Weckler about how intimate data about our politicians, judges, national security personnel are sent to China and Russia by the adtech industry
https://www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-big-tech-show/the-big-tech-show-the-irishman-taking-on-platforms-like-google-and-meta-in-the-fight-for-online-civil-rights/a1686864070.html

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