2020.11.13 Last Week in Digital Media


As I skipped last week, this is a bumper two-week edition. Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed:




  • Amazon is in the spotlight with EU regulators opening a second antitrust investigation and issuing a statement about allegations that Amazon uses non-public seller data to benefit Amazon. It is a continuation of broader them on antitrust concerns across the entire adtech sector about people who operate both marketplaces and are also sellers.
  • a reminder, the House Judiciary Committee into alleged censorship by big tech where both Zuckerberg and Dorsey present, will be this coming week on November 17th.
  • if you’re interested in a perspective on how social media might be regulated, the Forum for Information and Democracy published a 128pp report (PDF link). The report has 12 main recommendations under 4 broad themes: 1. transparency and audit requirements; 2. regulations on content moderation; new rules on platform design; and 4. safeguards on close messaging systems. The report is thorough, encompasses what some platforms do and don’t do today, and is worth a read if you have the time.
  • during the US election, a Californian ballot proposition sought to strengthen CCPA through something known as the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). CPRA passed and is scheduled to commence in 2023. Expect this to result in increased calls for Federal US Privacy Regulations.
  • there was an important ruling out of the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about how data brokers can collect and use data. The full ICO report (PDF link), which primarily focuses on Credit Reference Agencies (CRAs), found evidence of systemic compliance failures and a lack of transparency on data collection.


  • Apple will require “privacy nutrition labels” on apps starting December 8th. There’s potentially great service to be had if someone aggregates this data so everyone (users and marketers) can easily avoid apps with suspect data collection practices.

Have a great week, and please wear a mask.


PS. A distraction for you. The dictionary Merriam-Webster has a fun tool that lets you see when a word was first used in print. For the most fun, put in the year you were born.

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