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According to the New York Times, Meta’s ad practices have been ruled illegal under E.U. law.


  1. In a few words, describe the main problem with E.U. law.
  2. Besides a fine of 390 million euros ( or $414 million), what are the other costs to Meta?
  3. When did this E.U. law take effect?
  4. Why does the Ireland data privacy board serve as the main regulator in this situation?
  5. How long does Meta have to comply with the ruling?


Satariano, A. (2023). Meta’s Ad Practices Ruled Illegal Under E.U. Law. The New York Times, Jan. 4 (Retrievable online at