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Transportation Weekly: Polestar CEO speaks, Tesla terminology, and a tribute

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Welcome again to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . That is the fourth version of our publication, a weekly jaunt into the fantastic world of transportation and the way we (and our packages) transfer.

This week we chat with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, dig into Lyft’s S-1, pay attention to an rising development in AV improvement, and take a look at an experiment with paving. Oh, and the way might we overlook Tesla.

By no means heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up right here, right here and right here. As I’ve written earlier than, contemplate this a delicate launch. Comply with me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to make sure you see it every week. (An e mail subscription is coming). 


ONM …

There are OEMs within the automotive world. And right here, (look forward to it) there are ONMs — unique information producers. (Cymbal conflict!) That is the place investigative reporting, enterprise items and evaluation on transportation lives.

This week, we’re that includes excerpts taken from a one-on-one interview with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.

On February 27, Volvo’s standalone electrical efficiency model Polestar launched its first all-electrical car, a 5-door fastback referred to as the Polestar 2. The EV, which has a seventy eight kWh battery pack and may journey 275 miles (estimated EPA steerage) on a single cost, will probably be manufactured at a brand new manufacturing unit in Chengdu, China. Different notable specs: The infotainment system shall be powered by Android OS, Polestar is providing subscriptions to the car, and manufacturing begins in 2020.

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Here’s what Ingenlath needed to say to me about …

EV charging infrastructure

To be very unpolitical, I assume it would be completely silly if we have been to goal to develop electrical charging infrastructure on our personal or for our model particularly. If you be a part of the electrical market at present, of course, you would see partnerships; that’s smart factor to do. Car corporations collectively are making an enormous effort in getting out a community of crucial charging stations alongside the freeway. 

That’s what we’re doing; we’re teaming up and have the contracts being designed and shortly signed.

On the corporate’s strategy to automation 

The terminology is essential for us. We very clearly put that into a totally different image, we’re not speaking about, and we clearly do not ever need to label it, anautopilot.” The focus of this system is a really protected distance management, which brakes for you and accelerates for you, and of course, the lane protecting. This is not about creating an autopilot system, it is about giving your security. And that’s the place we don’t need to provoke individuals considering that they have full rollout autopilot system there. However it is a system that helps you being protected and guarded on the street.

I additionally reached out to Transportation Weekly readers and requested what they needed to know after which despatched a few of these inquiries to Ingenlath.

TW Reader: How did it really feel taking one in every of your private styling parts – the C formed rear lamps – out of your earlier model over to Polestar?

Ingenlath: It’s an evolutionary course of. Polestar naturally builds on its “moms” DNA and as a brand new department develops its personal character. Thor’s hammer, the rear mild signature -—with every new mannequin launch (Volvo and Polestar) these parts diverge right into a model particular species.

TW Reader: How a lot do you continue to get to do what you’re keen on, which is design?

Ingenlath: Being artistic continues to be my most important job, now utilized on a broader scope — making an attempt to steer an organization with a artistic and  model constructing mindset. Nonetheless, I really like the Fridays once I meet up with Robin and Max to evaluation the fashions, sketches and new knowledge. We actually take pleasure in driving the design of each manufacturers to new adventures.


Dig In

Tesla is lastly going to supply clients a $35,000 Mannequin three. How the automaker is ready to promote this electrical car on the lengthy-awaited $35,000 worth level is an enormous piece of that story — and one which some ignored. Briefly, the corporate is blowing up its gross sales mannequin and shifting to an internet solely technique. Tesla shops will shut or be transformed to “info facilities” and retail staff can be laid off.

However this isn’t what we’re going to speak about in the present day. Tesla has additionally introduced again its so-referred to as “full self-driving” function, which was eliminated as an choice on its web site final yr. Now it’s again. House owners can go for Autopilot, which has automated steering on highways and visitors-conscious cruise management, or FSD.

FSD functionality consists of a number of options corresponding to Navigate on Autopilot that’s imagined to information a automotive from a freeway on-ramp to off-ramp, together with navigating interchanges and making lane modifications. FSD additionally consists of Superior Summon, Auto Lane Change, and Autopark. Later this yr, the system will acknowledge and reply to visitors lights in additional complicated city environments, Tesla says.

All of those options require the driving force to be engaged (or able to take over), but it’s referred to as “full self-driving.” Now Tesla has two controversially named automation options. (The opposite is Autopilot). As Andrew Hawkins at The Verge famous in his protection, “specialists are starting to understand that the best way we talk about, and the way corporations market, autonomy is critical.”

Which begs the apparent query, and one which I requested Musk throughout a convention name on Thursday. “Isn’t it an issue that you simply’re calling this full self-driving functionality whenever you’re nonetheless going to require the driving force to take management or be paying consideration?” (I additionally needed to ask a followup on his response, however the moderator moved onto the subsequent reporter).

His response:

“We’re very clear if you purchase the automotive what is supposed by full self driving. It means it’s function full, however function full requiring supervision.

As we get extra — we actually want billions of miles, if not perhaps 10 billion type of miles or kilometers on that order collectively from the fleet — then in our opinion in all probability at that time supervision just isn’t required, however that may nonetheless be as much as regulators to agree.

So we’re simply very clear.  There’s actually three steps: there’s being function full of full self driving that requires supervision, function full however not requiring supervision, and have full not requiring supervision and regulators agree.

In different Tesla information, the Nationwide Transportation Security Board is investigating a crash, that initially look appears to be just like the deadly crash that killed Tesla proprietor Joshua Brown.


Slightly chook …

We hear rather a lot. However we’re not egocentric. Let’s share.

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It’s no secret that Pittsburgh is likely one of the hubs of autonomous car improvement on the planet. However what’s not so extensively recognized — apart from a gaggle of presidency and firm insiders — is that Mayor William Peduto is on the verge of issuing an government order that may give extra visibility into testing there. 

The town’s division of mobility and infrastructure is the central coordinator of this new government order that goals to assist information testing and coverage improvement there. The division goes to develop tips for AV testing, we’re advised. And it seems that info on testing shall be launched to the general public a minimum of annually.

Received a tip or overheard one thing on the planet of transportation? E mail me or ship a direct message to @kirstenkorosec.


Deal of the week

Daimler and BMW are presupposed to be rivals. And they’re, besides with mapping (each a part of the HERE consortium), mobility providers (automotive sharing, experience-sharing), and now the event of extremely automated driving techniques. The deal is notable as a result of it illustrates a bigger development that has emerged because the AV business hunkers down into the “trough of disillusionment.” And that’s consolidation. If 2016, was the yr of splashy acquisitions, then 2019 is shaping as much as be chockfull of alliances and failures (of some startups).

Additionally fascinating to notice, and one that may make some AV security specialists cringe, each corporations are engaged on Degree three driving automation, a designation by the SAE meaning conditional driving automation by which a number of excessive ranges of automation can be found in sure circumstances, however a human driver have to be able to take over. This degree of automation is probably the most controversial due to the so-referred to as “hand off” drawback through which a human driver is predicted to take management of the wheel in time.

Talking of partnerships, one other deal that received our consideration this week concerned New York-based mostly mapping and knowledge analytics startup Carmera and Toyota Analysis Institute-Superior Improvement. TRI-AD is an autonomous drive unit began by Toyota with Denso and Aisin. TRI-AD’s mission is to take the analysis being finished over on the Toyota Analysis Institute and switch its right into a product.

The 2 corporations are going to check an idea that may use cameras in Toyota check automobiles to gather knowledge from downtown Tokyo and use it to create excessive definition maps for city and floor roads.

TRI-AD considers this step one in the direction of its open software program platform idea generally known as Automated Mapping Platform that shall be used to help the scalability of extremely automated driving, by combining knowledge gathered from automobiles of collaborating corporations to generate HD maps. AMP is new and has potential widespread implications at Toyota. And TRI-AD is filled with A-listers, together with CEO James Kuffner, who got here from the Google self-driving venture and Nikos Michalakis, who constructed Netflix’s cloud platform, and Mandali Khalesi, who was at HERE.

Learn extra on Khalesi and the Toyota’s open supply ambitions right here.

Different offers:


Snapshot

Snapshot this week is a bit untraditional. It’s actually a snapshot of myself and my grandmother, months earlier than her one centesimal birthday. Her memorial service was held Saturday. She died at a hundred and one.

I suppose I might blame my feelings and timing for her sudden inclusion on this week’s publication. But when Evelyn deserves a tribute anyplace, it’s right here at TechCrunch.

I typically marvel, that if given the chance, what technical subject she would have ended up in? Given her particular talent set, I feel she would have been an exquisite mechanical engineer. She was a closet techie, a lover of science fiction who was equally fascinated by the very actual breakthroughs in science and area journey that occurred all through her lifetime. Her 30-yr profession as a manufacturing unit employee at an avionics producer definitely wasn’t romantic. Nevertheless it did give her a sure technical acumen (to not point out tenacity) that I admired.

And, she was one among my favourite check automotive companions. She beloved automobiles and quick ones, however not a lot driving them. Each time I received a brand new press automotive, we’d hit the street and she or he’d encourage me to take the turns a bit quicker — typically past my consolation zone.

She additionally liked street journeys and within the Nineteen Twenties and 30s, her father would drive the household on the principally filth roads from New Jersey to Vermont and even Canada. In her teenagers, she liked driving within the rumble seat, a function present in a couple of automobiles on the time together with the Ford Mannequin A.

She was younger at coronary heart, till the very finish. And my one remorse is that I didn’t discover a approach to get her into an autonomous car.

Subsequent week, we’ll give attention to the youngest drivers and one automotive startup that’s concentrating on that demographic.


Tiny however mighty micromobility

Lyft’s S-1 lays out the dangers related to its micromobility enterprise and its intent to proceed counting on third events to fabricate its bikes and scooters. Right here’s a key nugget about adoption:

“Whereas some main cities have extensively adopted bike and scooter sharing, there may be no assurance that new markets we enter will settle for, or present markets will proceed to simply accept, bike and scooter sharing, and even when they do, that we will execute on our enterprise technique or that our associated choices might be profitable in such markets. Even when we’re capable of efficiently develop and implement our community of shared bikes and scooters, there could also be heightened public skepticism of this nascent service providing.”

And one other about seasonality:

“Our restricted working historical past makes it troublesome for us to evaluate the precise nature or extent of the consequences of seasonality on our community of shared bikes and scooters, nevertheless, we anticipate the demand for our bike and scooter leases to say no over the winter season and improve throughout extra temperate and dry seasons.”

Lyft, which purchased bike-share firm Encourage again in July, additionally launched some knowledge about its electrical pedal-help bikes this week, displaying that the pedal help bikes are, unsurprisingly, extra fashionable than the normal bikes. Additionally they traveled longer distances and improved winter ridership numbers. Now, Lyft is gearing as much as deploy four,000 further electrical bikes to the Citi Bike system in New York Metropolis.

Yet one more factor …

Google Maps has added a function that lets customers see Lime scooters, pedal bikes and e-bikes proper from the transit tab in over eighty new cities all over the world. Customers can click on the tab to seek out out if Lime car is on the market, how lengthy it’ll take to stroll to the car, an estimate of how a lot their experience might value, together with complete journey time and ETA.


Notable reads

If take the time to learn something this week (in addition to this text), spend a while with Lyft’s S-1. The experience-hailing firm’s prospectus mentions autonomous 109 occasions. Briefly, yeah, it’s one thing the corporate’s executives are serious about and investing in.

Lyft says it has a two-pronged technique to deliver autonomous automobiles to market. The corporate encouraging builders of autonomous car know-how to make use of its open platform to get entry to its community and allow their automobiles to satisfy rides on the Lyft platform. And Lyft is making an attempt to construct its personal autonomous car system at its confusingly named “Degree 5 Engineering Middle.”

  • The corporate’s main buyers are Rakuten with a thirteen % stake, GM with 7.eight %, Constancy with 7.7 %, Andreessen Horowitz with 6.three % and Alphabet with 5.three %. GM and Alphabet have enterprise models, GM Cruise and Waymo respectively, which are additionally creating AV know-how.
  • By means of Lyft’s partnership with AV methods developer and provider Aptiv, individuals in Las Vegas have taken greater than 35,000 rides in Aptiv autonomous automobiles with a security driver since January 2018.
  • One of many “dangers” the corporate lists is “a failure to detect a defect in our autonomous automobiles or our bikes or scooters”

Different quotable notables:

Take a look at the Pedestrian Visitors Fatalities by State report, a newly launched report from Volvo Automotive USA and The Harris Ballot referred to as  The State of Electrical Automobiles in America.


Testing and deployments

Once more, deployments doesn’t all the time imply the newest autonomous car pilot.

On Saturday, Sidewalk Labs hosted its Open Sidewalk occasion in Toronto. That is a part of Sidewalk Toronto, a joint effort by Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to create a “combined-use, full group” on Toronto’s Japanese Waterfront

The thought of this occasion was to share concepts and prototypes for making outside public area the “social default yr-spherical.” One such prototype “hexagonal paving” received our consideration due to its use case for visitors management and pedestrian and bicyclist security. (Pictured under)

These particular person precast concrete slabs are movable and permeable, can mild up and provides off warmth. The thought is that these hexagonal-formed slabs and be used to clear snow and ice in hassle spots and lightweight as much as warn drivers and pedestrians of modifications to the road use or to light up an space for public makes use of and even designate bike lanes and hazard zones. And since they’re permeable they can be utilized to soak up stormwater or melted snow and information it to underground stormwater administration methods.

Sidewalk Labs inform me that the pavers have “plug and play” holes, which permit issues like bike racks, bollards, and signal posts to be inserted. Sidewalk Labs initially constructed these with wooden, and the brand new prototype is the subsequent iteration, that includes modules constructed from concrete.


On our radar

There’s lots of transportation-associated exercise this month.

The Geneva Motor Present: Press days are March 5 and March 6. Anticipate idea, prototype and manufacturing electrical automobiles from Audi, Honda, Kia, Peugeot, Pininfarina, Polestar, Spanish automotive firm Hispano Suiza, and Volkswagen.

SXSW in Austin: TechCrunch can be at SXSW this coming week. Right here’s the place I’ll be.

  • 2 p.m. to six:30 p.m. March 9 on the Empire Storage for the Sensible Mobility Summit, an annual occasion placed on by Wards Intelligence and C3 Group. The Autonocast, the podcast I co-host with Alex Roy and Ed Niedermeyer, may even be available.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 12 on the JW Marriott. The Autonocast and founding basic companion of Vans VC, Reilly Brennan will maintain a SXSW podcast panel on automated car terminology and different stuff.
  • three:30 p.m over on the Hilton Austin Downtown, I’ll be moderating a panel Re-inventing the Wheel: Personal, Lease, Share, Subscribe. Sherrill Kaplan with Zipcar, Amber Quist, with Silvercar and Russell Lemmer with Dealerware will be a part of me.
  • TechCrunch can also be internet hosting a SXSW get together from 1 pm to four pm Sunday, March 10, 615 Purple River St., that may function musical visitor Elderbrook. RSVP right here

Self Racing Automobiles

Lastly, I’ve been in touch with Joshua Schachter who places on the annual Self Racing Automotive occasion, which might be held March 23 and March 24 at Thunderhill Raceway close to Willows, California.

There’s nonetheless room for individuals to check or demo their autonomous automobiles, drive practice innovation, simulation, software program, teleoperation, and sensors. Hobbyists are welcome. Signal as much as take part or drop them a line at [email protected]

Thanks for studying. There could be content material you want or one thing you hate. Be happy to attain out to me at [email protected] to share these ideas, opinions or ideas. 

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Google reportedly suspends select business with Huawei over U.S. ban

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The Trump administration Huawei ban is sure to have wide-ranging and long lasting effects for all parties. In the meantime, it seems, a number of those involved in the periphery are treading lightly in hope of not burning bridges on either side. Google has taken accidental center stage, in its role providing Android and a variety of apps for the embattled handset maker.

According to a new report from Reuters, the U.S. software giant has taken some steps toward disentangling itself. Word comes from unnamed sources, who say the company has suspended all businesses with Huawei, aside from those covered by open-source licenses. The list appears to include updates to Android and popular apps like Gmail.

From the sound of it, Google is still attempting to wrap its head around how to proceed with the matter. Huawei, too, is assessing its options. Given the complexity of smartphone hardware and software, handsets routinely utilize components source from a variety of different locations. This fact has complicated things as trade tensions have begun to rise, hitting ZTE particularly hard over accusations that the company had violated U.S.-Iran sanctions.

Huawei has called the ban bad for all parties, but has continued to be defiant, noting its plans to become “self-reliant.” The company has no doubt been preparing for the seeming inevitability of heightened trade tensions, but its determination has some industry observers unconvinced that it can carry on with without any input from Google or U.S. chipmakers like Qualcomm.

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Huawei responds to Android ban with service and security guarantees, but its future is unclear

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Huawei has finally gone on the record about a ban on its use of Android, but the company’s long-term strategy on mobile still remains unclear.

In an effort to appease its worried customer base, the embattled Chinese company said today that it will continue to provide security updates and after-sales support to its existing lineup of smartphones, but it’s what the company didn’t say that will spark concerns.

Huawei was unable to make guarantees about whether existing customers will continue to receive Android software updates, while its statement is bereft of any mention of whether future phones will ship with the current flavor of Android or something else.

The company, which is the world’s second largest smartphone vendor based on shipments, said it will continue to develop a safe software ecosystem for its customers across the globe. Huawei will also extend the support to Honor, a brand of smartphones it owns. Nearly 50 percent of all of Huawei’s sales comes from outside China, research firm Counterpoint told TechCrunch.

Here’s the statement in full:

Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry,

Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.

In addition, the company said it plans to launch the Honor 20 as planned. The device is set to be unveiled at an event in London tomorrow. While Honor is a sub-brand, any sanctions levied on Huawei will likely be reflected in its business, too.

Huawei’s lukewarm response isn’t unexpected. Earlier, Google issued a similarly non-committal statement that indicated that owners of Huawei phones will continue to be able to access the Google Play Store and Google Play Protect, but — like the Chinese firm — it made no mention of the future, and that really is the key question.

Indeed, sources within both Google and Huawei have told TechCrunch that the immediate plan of action for what happens next remains unclear.

It could turn out that Huawei is forced to use the open source version of Android, AOSP, which comes stripped of Google Mobile Services, a suite for Google services such as Google Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube. That’s unless it doesn’t plump for its own homespun alternative, which media reports have claimed it has built in the case of an emergency situation.

Huawei’s response comes a day after Reuters reported that Google had suspended some of its businesses with the Chinese technology giant. The Android-maker is complying with a U.S. Commerce Department’s directive that placed Huawei and 70 of its affiliates on an “entity list” that requires any U.S. company to gain government approval before doing business with the Chinese tech company.

In the meantime, the troubles are mounting for Huawei. In addition to Android, the U.S. government’s move has seen Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom reportedly pause supplying chips to Huawei until a resolution has been reached.

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GDPR adtech complaints keep stacking up in Europe

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It’s a year since Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force and leaky adtech is now facing privacy complaints in four more European Union markets. This ups the tally to seven markets where data protection authorities have been urged to investigate a core function of behavioral advertising.

The latest clutch of GDPR complaints aimed at the real-time bidding (RTB) system have been filed in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain.

All the complaints argue that RTB entails “wide-scale and systemic” breaches of Europe’s data protection regime, as personal date harvested to profile Internet users for ad-targeting purposes is broadcast widely to bidders in the adtech chain. The complaints have implications for key adtech players, Google and the Internet Advertising Bureau, which set RTB standards used by other in the online adverting pipeline.

We’ve reached out to Google and IAB Europe for comment on the latest complaints. (The latter’s original response statement to the complaint can be found here, behind its cookie wall.)

The first RTB complaints were filed in the UK and Ireland, last fall, by Dr Johnny Ryan of private browser Brave; Jim Killock, director of the Open Rights Group; and Michael Veale, a data and policy researcher at University College London.

A third complaint went in to Poland’s DPA in January, filed by anti-surveillance NGO, the Panoptykon Foundation.

The latest four complaints have been lodged in Spain by Gemma Galdon Clavell (Eticas Foundation) and Diego Fanjul (Finch); David Korteweg (Bits of Freedom) in the Netherlands; Jef Ausloos (University of Amsterdam) and Pierre Dewitte (University of Leuven) in Belgium; and Jose Belo (Exigo Luxembourg).

Earlier this year a lawyer working with the complainants said they’re expecting “a cascade of complaints” across Europe — and “fully expect an EU-wide regulatory response” give that the adtech in question is applied region-wide.

Commenting in a statement, Galdon Cavell, the CEO of Eticas, said: “We hope that this complaint sends a strong message to Google and those using Ad Tech solutions in their websites and products. Data protection is a legal requirement must be translated into practices and technical specifications.”

A ‘bug’ disclosed last week by Twitter illustrates the potential privacy risks around adtech, with the social networking platform revealing it had inadvertently shared some iOS users’ location data with an ad partner during the RTB process. (Less clear is who else might Twitter’s “trusted advertising partner” have passed people’s information to?)

The core argument underpinning the complaints is that RTB’s data processing is not secure — given the design of the system entails the broadcasting of (what can be sensitive and intimate) personal data of Internet users to all sorts of third parties in order to generate bids for ad space.

Whereas GDPR bakes in a requirement for personal data to be processed “in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data”. So, uh, spot the disconnect.

The latest RTB complaints assert personal data is broadcast via bid requests “hundreds of billions of times” per day — which it describes as “the most massive leakage of personal data recorded so far”.

While the complaints focus on security risks attached by default to leaky adtech, such a long chain of third parties being passed people’s data also raises plenty of questions over the validity of any claimed ‘consents’ for passing Internet users’ data down the adtech chain. (Related: A decision by the French CNIL last fall against a small local adtech player which it decided was unlawfully processing personal data obtained via RTB.)

This week will mark a year since GDPR came into force across the EU. And it’s fair to say that privacy complaints have been piling up, while enforcement actions — such as a $57M fine for Google from the French CNIL related to Android consent — remain far rarer.

One complexity with the RTB complaints is that the technology systems in question are both applied across EU borders and involve multiple entities (Google and the IAB). This means multiple privacy watchdogs need to work together to determine which of them is legally competent to address linked complaints that touch EU citizens in multiple countries.

Who leads can depend on where an entity has its main establishment in the EU and/or who is the data controller. If this is not clearly established it’s possible that various national actions could flow from the complaints, given the cross-border nature of the adtech — as in the CNIL decision against Android, for example. (Though Google made a policy change as of January 22, shifting its legal base for EU law enforcement to Google Ireland which looks intended to funnel all GDPR risk via the Irish DPC.)

The IAB Europe, meanwhile, has an office in Belgium but it’s not clear whether that’s the data controller in this case. Ausloos tells us that the Belgian DPA has already declared itself competent regarding the complaint filed against the IAB by the Panoptykon Foundation, while noting another possibility — that the IAB claims the data controller is IAB Tech Lab, based in New York — “in which case any and all DPAs across the EU would be competent”.

Veale also says different DPAs could argue that different parts of the IAB are in their jurisdiction. “We don’t know how the IAB structure really works, it’s very opaque,” he tells us.

The Irish DPC, which Google has sought to designate the lead watchdog for its European business, has said it will prioritize scrutiny of the adtech sector in 2019, referencing the RTB complaints in its annual report earlier this year — where it warned the industry: “the protection of personal data is a prerequisite to the processing of any personal data within this ecosystem and ultimately the sector must comply with the standards set down by the GDPR”.

There’s no update on how the UK’s ICO is tackling the RTB complaint filed in the UK as yet — but Veale notes they have a call today. (And we’ve reached out to the ICO for comment.)

So far the same RTB complaints have not been filed in France and Germany — jurisdictions with privacy watchdogs that can have a reputation for some of the most muscular action enforcing data protection in Europe.

Although the Belgian DPA’s recently elected new president is making muscular noises about GDPR enforcement, according to Ausloos — who cites a speech he made, post-election, saying the ‘time of sit back and relax’ is over. They made sure to reference these comments in the RTB complaint, he adds.

Veale suggests the biggest blocker to resolving the RTB complaints is that all the various EU watchdogs “need a vision of what the world looks like after they take a given action”.

In the meanwhile, the adtech complaints keep stacking up.

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