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Five reasons US ecommerce won't be dented by the Supreme Court's sales tax ruling

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in a closely-watched case that overturned a prior ruling that online retailers have relied on to avoid collecting sales tax on online purchases.

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A day in the life of... VP Global Privacy at a customer data platform

We've been featuring some privacy experts on the Econsultancy blog, in the wake of GDPR enforcement.

Today it's the turn of Andy Dale, General Counsel and VP Global Privacy for SessionM. Here he is giving us an insight into what his daily life looks like.

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Confusion, chaos in the GDPR's first week

The GDPR hasn't even been the law of the land in Europe for a full week and it is already causing confusion and chaos in parts of the digital economy.

Here are the headlines you need to know about as the impact of the GDPR starts being felt.

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GDPR Day 1: complaints filed against Google and Facebook

After months of anticipation and preparation, on Friday, the GDPR went into effect and privacy advocates, eager to put the law to the test, wasted no time challenging the practices of the internet's two biggest names.

Hours after the GDPR became the law of the land, a non-profit organization called None Of Your Business (NOYB) lodged complaints against Google and Facebook, including Facebook subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp, with four different European authorities.

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Facebook's interest-based ad targeting highlights GDPR uncertainty

The GDPR is still a little over a week away from going into effect and already it's clear that there are going to be big disagreements over what compliance actually looks like.

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How the Supreme Court sports betting ruling will affect the internet economy

It's the digital version of the Shot Heard 'Round the World.

On Monday, the US Supreme Court struck down a federal law that had banned betting on sports events in every state except Nevada. As six of the nine Supreme Court justices saw it, the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sport Protection Act, or PASPA, was unconstitutional.

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GDPR: What future for first, second and third-party data

The GDPR goes into effect in less than two weeks and while many companies are focused on executing their compliance strategies, it's not too early to start thinking about the future of data in a post-GDPR world.

Here are how first, second and third-party data will likely be affected by the game-changing regulation.

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Anorak will use Open Banking to sell life insurance

For years, upstart fintechs have aimed to create innovative experiences that deliver value to consumers, often at the expense of entrenched financial institutions. 

One of the ways they have accomplished this is by using a variety of techniques to retrieve their users' data from the financial institutions they bank with.

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The GDPR claims its first victims

The GDPR goes into effect later this month and GDPR compliance efforts are well underway. For example, users of online services around the world are receiving notifications of updated terms of service and privacy policies.

Some of the updates contained in these agreements are significant. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, for instance, has increased its minimum age to 16. Snapchat isn't abandoning users under 16, but it is changing how some of its features work for its under-16 userbase.

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What Facebook and Instagram's big API changes could mean for brands

In response to the ongoing scandal over its data collection, usage and sharing policies, Facebook has announced a slew of its changes to the Facebook and Instagram APIs. These APIs, or application programming interfaces, allow third parties to build applications that interact with Facebook and Instagram. 

The changes have the potential to affect a number of players that participate in the Facebook and Instagram ecosystems, including brands.

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Companies around the world are worried about the GDPR: study

The GDPR is coming and even though it is an EU law, it will have a profound impact on businesses around the world, even those that don't have a physical presence in the EU.

That's because the GDPR's protections apply to all individuals within the Union and non-EU companies that control or process data from individuals in EU are expected to register a representative and comply with the law. Those that don't face stiff penalties, including fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover.

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Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill testimony

Last week, Facebook's CEO donned a suit instead of a hoodie and made his way to Capitol Hill, where he was questioned by American lawmakers in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

That scandal, the largest the world's largest social network has ever dealt with, has brought Facebook's collection and use of data into the spotlight. With negative headlines being published daily and the threat of regulation on the horizon, the company's public appearance shy chief, Mark Zuckerberg, had little choice but to go before lawmakers and answer questions.

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