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French authorities can now comb social media to find tax cheats

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French authorities have three years to test a new law allowing them to comb social media posts and find evidence of tax fraud or evasion, Bloomberg Tax reports.

Catch up quick: All personal data mined under the law must be public by the user and not password protected, per Bloomberg, and authorities cannot look for evidence that taxpayers have been warned for not filing a tax return.

Go deeperArrowDec 28, 2019

Vox Media launches new privacy-focused ad-targeting platform

Vox Media chief revenue officer Ryan Pauley. Photo: James Bareham/Vox Media

Vox Media announced Monday the launch of Forte, a new ad-targeting data platform designed to help advertisers reach Vox's monthly audience of 125 million consumers efficiently — without using shady data practices to target them.

Why it matters: It's Vox Media's first big commercial announcement since it merged with New York Media last year, and it comes amid regulatory changes and an industry reckoning around data privacy in advertising.

Go deeperArrowDec 30, 2019

Scoop: Emerson Collective initial launch partner for new NowThis division

NowThis, the millennial social video media outlet that's part of Group Nine Media, will announce Tuesday the launch of NowThis Impact, a new editorial division that covers social issues and is underwritten by non-profits and philanthropic organizations, including launch partner Emerson Collective.

Why it matters: Underwriting editorial content is becoming a bigger trend as more philanthropy and non-profit money floods into journalism.

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