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Is Facebook Custom Audiences compatible with German data protection law?

With its “Custom Audiences” tool, Facebook promises advertisers to target both existing and potential customers directly. However, the ability of Facebook Custom Audiences to let advertisers reduce wastage when deploying their ads is just one side of the coin. The other is the fact that, ever since it was launched back in 2014, doubts have been raised as to the tool’s compliance with privacy laws, in particular by the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (BayLDA). read more

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Is the doll “My Friend Cayla” an illegal eavesdropping device?

The toy “My Friend Cayla” uses Bluetooth to connect to a dedicated smartphone or tablet app, via which it is also connected to the Internet. Something you won’t realise at first is that the doll can listen in on conversations and transmit them over a wireless connection. read more

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