Tech majors hit with GDPR complaints

Google and Facebook

Google and Facebook

If you feel like you've been seeing an unusual amount of privacy policy updates popping up on your favorite websites or in your inbox, you're not going insane.

Internet giants Google and Facebook have been hit with an avalanche of lawsuits on day one of the GDPR enforcement.

Already, there are plans by the European Union to supersede the GDPR with even stricter privacy laws for platforms with its e-Privacy proposal.

The data regulation law centers on two main principles.

Now, with GDPR officially in effect, companies and individuals in the data management space are taking advantage of big business opportunities.

The Finnish Justice Ministry's Anu Talus told broadcaster YLE that the data privacy rules do not affect private households. Explaining this rule with an analogy, a director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation Danny O'Brien said, "A birthday cake company needs your name to put on the birthday cake". Some have argued that there is no need for further regulation as the GDPR already regulates the use of personal data, however ePrivacy Regulation would apply to all electronic communications data - whether personal or not - and introduces a more rigorous consent standard. The leading search engine listed the key steps it has taken to comply with the new privacy law. They've had to confront the reality that much of that data belongs to us, not them.

It's easy to opt in.

"We build privacy and security into our products from the very earliest stages and are committed to complying with the EU GDPR".

USA news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Daily Star abruptly blocked access to their websites from Europe on Friday, choosing to black out readers rather than comply with a strict new data-privacy law in the European Union that limits what information can be collected about people online. The language has since been updated. Throughout the week, users found their inboxes flooded with alerts from companies, service providers and more, letting users know that their respective terms of service had changed to comply with GDPR.

"It didn't just fall from heaven", Jelinek said in a statement.

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"This will result in greater market concentration, as small firms and startups will find it hard to comply with the increased regulatory cost burden", Radia said.

Hundreds of companies have been alerting customers because of a new law in Europe.

This regulation, which has been in the making for seven years, replaced the 1995 Data Protection Directive, which was formulated well before firms like Facebook engaged in large scale data collection and profiling. Here, you can see the number of advertisers that are trying to target you based on your interests. "It also means you're building and nurturing relationships".

Facebook, which has recently been vilified for its flagrant sharing of users' data, has created something called a "Privacy Shortcut".

Also inside the Facebook app's settings menu is a button labeled Ads.

So while you may see these notices as a nuisance and you may want to delete them, don't.

Combined, the lawsuits seek to fine a total 6.7 billion euro (€3.9 billion against Facebook, €3.7 billion against Google), or around United States dollars $8.8 billion.

That said, given how freshly fixed in place the rules are, some European Union regulators may well tread softly on the enforcement front - at least in the first instances, to give companies some benefit of the doubt and/or a chance to make amends to come into compliance if they are deemed to be falling short of the new standards. 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.

How does this affect those who use the internet?

The experience will start popping up on Facebook this week.

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