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The ICO’s failure to act on RTB, the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK

Jan 17, 2020

The ICO has today announced that it will be taking no substantive action to fix "RTB", the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK. Regulatory ambivalence cannot continue. We are considering all options to put an end to the systemic breach, including direct challenges to the controllers and judicial oversight of the ICO. 

Competition issues in digital markets

Oct 7, 2019

This note presents a submission from Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave, and Dr Orla Lynskey of the London School of Economics, to the UK Competition & Markets Authority. 

Ad Tech GDPR complaint is extended to four more European regulators

May 20, 2019

GDPR complaints about Real-Time Bidding (RTB) in the online advertising industry were filed today with Data Protection Authorities in Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.  The complaints detail the vast scale of personal data leakage by Google and other major companies in the “Ad Tech” industry. This week marks one year since the introduction of the GDPR. 

A worrying adtech exemption to California’s new privacy law

Apr 16, 2019

Brave writes to the California Senate Judiciary Committee, opposing a new adtech exemption in the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA). Brave also co-signs today's letter from 28 technology companies supporting the Privacy For All amendment to fix loopholes in the CCPA.

Brave alerts the FTC about two major problems in digital media & services markets

Jan 22, 2019

Big tech companies "cross-use" user data from one part of their business to prop up others. This hurts innovation & choice. The FTC must investigate. Plus, the GDPR is emerging as a defacto international standard. Whether this helps or harms United States firms will be determined by whether the United States enacts and actively enforces robust federal privacy laws. 

French regulator shows deep flaws in IAB’s consent framework and RTB

Nov 20, 2018

French regulator's decision against Vectaury confirms that IAB “Transparency & Consent Framework” does not obtain valid consent, and illustrates how even tiny adtech companies can unlawfully gather millions of people’s personal data from the online advertising “real time bidding system” (RTB). 

AMA with Johnny Ryan

Sep 6, 2018

The most recent AMA took place on September 5th with Dr. Johnny Ryan, Brave’s Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer.

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