The GDPR Is in Effect: Should U.S. Companies Be Afraid?

26 May, 2018, 04:43 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Apple will let all users download their collected personal data

Furthermore, an individual can ask a company to now delete their personal information from their databases at their request.

Facebook and Google, though, may have little to cheer about, now that they're sued for "forced consent" over new privacy rules.

According to Gizmodo, the statement on the LA Times website reads: Unfortunately, our website is now unavailable in most European countries.

The list of includes high-profile publications as The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune.

The Chicago Tribune and LA Times were among those saying they were now unavailable in most European countries.

"We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the European Union market", said the error message displayed in response to attempts to access the LA Times website in London and Brussels.

News sites within the Tronc and Lee Enterprises media publishing groups were affected.

Today marks the start of Europe's tough new privacy regime, and despite two years of warning and preparation time, at least two newspaper chains in the US couldn't figure it out. The Washington Post and Time were among those requiring European Union users to agree to new terms.

Apple will let all users download their collected personal data

The survey from cyber security firm ThinkMarble found that 73 percent of British businesses remain unaware of the lawful basis for processing data ahead of GDPR deadline on 25 May.

It's a set of data privacy laws that was approved by the European Parliament in 2016, and after a two-year transition period, it's now law. As a result, organisations should be now altering their privacy practices to comply with the law.

The right to be informed: This means you have the right to know how companies use your data. "Europe asserts its digital sovereignty and gets ready for the digital age".

Some American news publishers are struggling with Europe's new stringent privacy rules. Companies need clarity to be able to safely extend operations across the EU.

Max Schrems, the thorn in Facebook's side, has returned to launch the first challenges under the EU's new data protection laws.

Among those "shamed" by Williams are Verizon-owned Oath websites (Yahoo, TechCrunch, Engadget, etc), which seem to use an opt-out rather than opt-in method for sharing users' data with hundreds of Verizon partners; Razer, which says that unless you agree to its new terms your mouse or phone will stop working; Zoom, which gives users only the options of receiving more marketing emails or fewer; and other companies.

The Federation of Small Businesses have warned that many smaller companies may not be prepared for the implantation of the regulations today. In theory, the GDPR going into effect means it will no longer be acceptable for a business operating in Europe to have a click-to-approve policy that's dozens of scrolls long and littered with legalese - they will be required to explain their privacy policies in clear and concise ways every ordinary consumer can understand.

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