YouTube’s ad-blocker detection results in criminal charges 

A few weeks back, YouTube introduced a strict policy deal with users who are employing ad blockers. And now, due to that same policy, a privacy consultant is bringing criminal charges against YouTube in Europe. The ad-blocking detection comes as a way to get more ad revenue, as users have been using stronger ad-blocking. Maybe that’s because YouTube tests unskippable 30-second ads on its TV app. The thing is, the ad-blocking detector that YouTube is using might be against the law in some regions. According to the report by The Register, Alexander Hanff is filing a complaint against the streaming platform under Ireland’s computer abuse law. In the report, the privacy expert stated that he had notified Ireland’s National Police about his intention to deliver a statement regarding the criminal complaint.  Reportedly, the Ireland National Police have acknowledged the complaint and have asked for additional information. Hanff is out for blood: YouTube needs to stop its surveillance practices Image: Pexels According to Hanff, YouTube runs unlawful tracking scripts to help with ad blocker detection. And apparently, this practice translates to spying on EU citizens.  In addition, Hanff has also filed a civil complaint against YouTube’s browser detection system that detects ad blockers with the Irish Data Protection Commission, and they await Google’s response.  I consider YouTube’s script to be spyware — aka surveillance technology, as it is deployed without my knowledge or authorization to my device for the sole purpose of intercepting and monitoring my behavior (whether or not ads…YouTube’s ad-blocker detection results in criminal charges 

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