Some US news websites blocked by European Union data law

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This process has been created for publishers to assess privacy risks created by the collection and processing of sensitive PII data. He's suing Google for 3.7 billion Euros and Facebook for 3.9 billion.

The problem with all these sites, he said, is with the pop ups that have been appearing on them in recent weeks, asking users to agree to new terms of use. The new regulations give European Union citizens significant control over the kind of data that is being collected from them, and the purposes for which it will be used.

The serial Facebook petitioner and the Austrian lawyer, Max Schrems has registered data protection complaint against the social media giant and its subsidiaries.

"The GDPR explicitly allows any data processing that is strictly necessary for the service - but using the data additionally for advertisement or to sell it on needs the users' free opt-in consent", noyb.eu said in a statement. As many of us know, algorithms are used by websites to determine what we like based on how we interact with their websites. From this moment on, any organizations that fail to meet the requirements or document their efforts to comply can be faced with penalties of up to €20 million or 4% of the company's global revenue for the previous fiscal year, whichever is higher. The shutdowns came as a surprise to readers of the publications, because companies had two years to prepare for the new regulations.

Facebook has even blocked accounts of users who have not given consent.

For a full copy of the General Data Protection Regulation, a PDF copy can be viewed and downloaded here.

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The websites of many other US news organizations, including The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post, were accessible from Europe.

The Los Angeles Times' website can't be accessed in Paris. "Because the reality is if you're willing to see ads in a service you want them to be relevant and good ads", said Zuckerberg.

So EU regulators are essentially facing a first test of their mettle - i.e. whether they are willing to step up and defend the line of the law against big tech's attempts to reshape it in their business model's image.

The GDPR aims to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for global business, and many companies, especially smaller firms, have been rushing to put measures in place in time for the May 25, 2018 deadline. While others have preferred to temporarily block their services across European Union to completely escape from fowling the new law, perhaps, pending when they are able to establish rule-abiding service model. These services are basically autonomous components that are working independently, which can be challenging to monitor, further complicating the GDPR compliance aspect. "A company is expected to provide the same level of protection to relevant personal data that are covered by the GDPR, irrespective of where that data resides or where it gets transferred". You can already request your data from Facebook, Google, Apple, Instagram and Microsoft.

In the meantime, the GDPR will suffice with several other countries indicating they will align their data regulation to standards provided by the EU. As the GDPR comes into effect today, May 25, 2018, many cryptocurrency service providers have made changes to bring their policies and practices into compliance.

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