EU ePrivacy Directive complaint filed against Google's Ad-blocking popup

26/10/2023 | The Regsiter

Privacy advocate Alexander Hanff has filed a complaint with the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) against YouTube's use of JavaScript code to detect the use of ad-blocking extensions by visitors. Hanff argues that the use of such code violates the EU's ePrivacy Directive, as YouTube did not obtain explicit consent to conduct such browser interrogation. Hanff has previously raised concerns about non-consensual technical interaction and asked the European Commission for legal clarification on the issue. The Irish DPC has received Hanff's complaint and is currently evaluating it.

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