United States news outlets block European readers over new privacy rules

Facebook and Google at top of GDPR complaints list

While the European Union regulations give individuals greater control over how their data is being collected, processed and used, violations of the norms can cost companies a fortune - either 20 million Euros or four per cent of annual turnover. Or maybe your friend posted something online about what GDPR means for online data protection.

Four EU citizens filed the complaints with local regulators in Belgium, Austria, Germany and France.

Even though the GDPR rules were officially adopted two years ago, with a grace period until now to adapt to them, companies all over the world, including in Thailand, have been slow to act, resulting in a last-minute scramble this week.

It also applies to a company established outside the European Union offering goods/services - whether paid or for free - which monitors the behaviour of individuals in the EU.

It's barely few hours that the new GDPR data protection law came into force and complaints have been filed against Google and Facebook. The right to access is also a step towards greater transparency, as it allows individuals the opportunity to view their own personal data that has been collected by an organization or service. Some benefits would be: secured valuable information, more efficient operations with proper archiving and data management, and increased trust from customers and users.

The GDPR clarifies and strengthens existing individual rights, such as the right to have one's data erased and the right to ask a company for a copy of one's data. So it's possible some companies will never be able to fully comply.

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So take control of your data. or don't. Popular read-it-later service Instapaper says on its website that it's "temporarily unavailable for residents in Europe as we continue to make changes in light of the General Data Protection Regulation".

Some companies have chosen to go blank in Europe instead of having to comply with the expansive privacy regulations, including websites such as Unroll.me and Klout. The lawsuits are further broken down to target specific products, such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Android OS.

Europeans were blocked from several U.S. news outlets as a result of this regulation with the rollout of GDPR norms, media reports said. Facebook has updated its privacy policy and has made it available in 11 Indian languages. How to set up relationships with powers and maximize Korea's business interests while protecting personal information is homework for Korea in the fierce contest among the powers over data hegemony.

As for all those emails you've been getting with "GDPR" in the subject line, that's just every online service you've ever used updating their privacy policy to reflect the new law. But, unlike Y2K (for those of you old enough to remember the near-hysteria), 25 May 2018 is only the beginning of the GDPR compliance road and not a "completion date".

Schrems was a 23-year-old law student when he first took on Facebook and he's been fighting Mark Zuckerberg's social network ever since - becoming the poster-boy for data privacy.

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