Here's why you're getting so many emails about changing privacy policies

Here's why you're getting so many emails about changing privacy policies

Here's why you're getting so many emails about changing privacy policies

Today is the first day that Europe's landmark General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect.

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that most of the companies to which you've subscribed in the past have started sending you emails to agree to their new data processing terms.

Although they had two years to prepare, most waited until the last minute to implement the changes, all while claiming that they're making the changes because they care deeply about your privacy. It applies to any business that processes the information of anyone located in the EU.

Tronc's news titles include the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun.

Among those that have failed to meet the deadline are United States news sites published by the Tronc and Lee Enterprises media publishing groups.

"Unfortunately, our website is now unavailable in most European countries", Tronc said.

Web users in Germany who visited the site Friday got a notice saying the L.A. Times is "engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the European Union market".

They can begin to protect themselves by having a process in place for dealing with GDPR issues, as soon as possible, Brown said.

They can also request to have their data deleted or corrected, and will be able to download their data and take it elsewhere, such as from one music streaming service to another.

You keep hearing about the GDPR because it's important, but also because it's become a business in its own right, providing work for an army of consultants, lawyers and public relations firms.


"The law - it's way deeper than anybody even imagines".

"In terms of rigour, GDPR came into effect in April 2016".

Failure to comply with the data protection regulations could result in a €20 million fine, and Australian organisations with links to Europe will not be exempt. "Today, our EU #DataProtection rules enter into application, putting the Europeans back in control of their data".

In a briefing note, risk management firm Russell Group said worldwide data regulation could "blow the lid off global digitally connected trade".

That's why Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems - a vocal critic of Google's data collection practices - is suing the company to the tune of $3.7 billion. It provides the strongest protections the world has ever seen for customer and user data.

"Anybody that is collecting personal data from European residents - not only citizens - needs to comply with this", Ale Brown, founder of Kirke Management Consulting, said in a phone interview from Vancouver. And if they do that it specifies that "all account information and saved page data is deleted from the Instapaper service immediately" (though it also cautions that "deleted data may persist in backups and logs until they are deleted").

Some companies are extending at least some EU-style protections to all users.

The rules also ease things for global businesses in the European Union, because data regulations are now uniform across the economic zone.

And when the security of our data is breached, such as in the case of a ransomware attack, the relevant data protection authority (in the United Kingdom that's the Information Commissioner's Office) must be notified straight away.

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