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Meta (Facebook and Instagram) prohibited from using personal data for advertising, third case on WhatsApp pending

Meta’s New Year kicks off with $410M+ in fresh EU privacy fines

Meta is starting the new year with more privacy fines for its business in Europe following enforcement of complaints over the legal basis it claims to run behavioral ads.


You’ll all know by now that GDPR regulations require explicit ‘opt-in’ consent for personalised advertising. You also may have noticed that Facebook and Instagram bypassed the consent requirement by adding a clause to their T&Cs for advertising.

Complaints filed on the day GDPR became applicable have been decided this week, and they have huge ramifications for Meta. The European Data Protection Board’s final decision is that Meta cannot rely on a claim of contractual necessity to run behavioural ads, and will have to ask users for their consent.

Oh, and the company is being hit with a €390 million fine. Meta is expected to appeal and may use legitimate interest as their primary justification. If they have to abide by this, it’ll make Apple’s dent in their revenues from opt-ins look pretty small.

The media trends that will define 2023

The media trends that will define 2023, in 5 charts | What’s New in Publishing | Digital Publishi…

Buckle up, 2023 is going to be a hell of a ride. As we kick off the New Year, many publishers are contending with the need to tackle a heady mix of long-term structural issues a…


From ongoing changes in advertising markets, pressures on consumer spending due to inflation and the cost of living crisis, and evolving media habits and preferences, 2023 is certainly not set to be an easy year for the industry. Damian Radcliffe pulls together the biggest challenges and trends facing media and publishing companies today, as well as some thoughts on how to address them.

Five trends that will shape hybrid work in the media

Five trends that will shape hybrid work in the media

RISJ research shows that two thirds of newsrooms are formally committed to flexible working. What happens when hybrid becomes less of a perk and more of an expectation?


If you haven’t had chance to read the Reuters Institute’s ‘Changing Newsrooms’ report, this piece by Jacob Granger pulls out some of the most interesting findings. I’m a huge advocate of flexible working as it is vital to keeping talented parents and caregivers in work, but there are also complexities which many publishers are still trying to navigate.

The last 12 months in subscriptions: publishers work to prove value

2022 saw publishers working to convince customers they’re worth the money. From content bundles to exclusive newsletters and podcasts, the subscription market is having to evolve. Peter Houston rounds up the year in subscriptions as part of our Media Moments 2022 report.

Throwback podcast

We’ll be back mid-Jan with a new season of the podcast. If you haven’t had chance to listen to our end-of-year review featuring BuzzFeed’s Caroline Fenner, AdWeek’s Stephen Lepitak and Poool’s Ludivine Paquet then here’s your chance!

Special: Highlights from Media Moments 2022

This special episode of Media Voices features the audio of our launch presentation for the Media Moments 2022 report.


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