YouTube’s crackdown against ad blockers is illegal according to EU law, says Privacy campaigner Alexander Hanff while taking the matter to the European Commission.
YouTube has started implementing ad block detection in Europe since the beginning of this year, and it has been restricting access to its content for certain European users who use ad blockers. According to the EU’s ePrivacy Directive, online service providers must obtain clear consent to access information on a user’s device.
Haniff is urging Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) to take action against YouTube in his complaint “for this breach of the law and demand YouTube cease their unlawful deployment of adblocker detection tools.”
We have a fundamental right to privacy under Article 7 of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. We have a fundamental right to data protection under Article 8.