Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection activist Schrems

Google and Facebook

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For some of America's biggest newspapers and online services, it's easier to block half a billion people from accessing your product than comply with Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation.

"They never took the data protection directive seriously", said Patrick Van Eecke, partner at law firm DLA Piper.

GDPR focuses on two main changes to previous data privacy laws that drastically affect you and the companies that collect your data.

According to a Deloitte survey conducted in collaboration with Data Security Council of India (DSCI), large organisations with more than 10,000 employees (21 per cent of respondents), embarked on their GDPR readiness journey in 2016 itself.

The regulator will continue under the same leadership until the parliament nominates new members. Buyers are required to hand over their data or else own "a 1,000-euro brick" that they can't use, Schrems said. The pop-ups will explain how cookies are used for tracking your browsing history, and if you close the banner and use the site without doing anything, you're most likely consenting to letting that website track you. The law will allow users to get their data that is collected by a company deleted, if they so wish.

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The right to erasure - The removal of personal data can be requested if there is no reason for its continued processing.

Thanks to GDPR, companies are rolling out new services created to reveal exactly what they know about you.

In the meantime there's plenty you can do to take advantage of GDPR - even if you're not an European Union resident.

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The fact that Zuckerberg is now facing the music personally, rather than sending spokespeople, is probably a positive sign that pressure is rising on the company, he said. Also, one of the things GDPR states is that data "should be erasable".

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For instance, Facebook did not let know the users know about the data leakage back in 2015 with respect to Cambridge Analytica personality quiz.

The GDPR was enforced to set a new standard for data privacy and protection.

Large US tech firms have pledged compliance with the European Union rules, and have in many cases promised to extend the same protections worldwide.

A previous case brought by Schrems against Facebook triggered the collapse of a previous EU-US data sharing agreement.

The Journey of Safe and Secure Personal Data: Charting GDPR Compliance.

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"Unfortunately, our website is now unavailable in most European countries", said the message carried by the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun and Orlando Sentinel. Although this only applies to users in Europe, this law affects American companies that can be viewed in those countries. Some measures under the new rule include requiring organizations to report personal data breaches to data protection authorities, stricter thresholds of consent and transparency, and sanctions that include the ability to fine organizations up to €20 million or 4 percent of annual global turnover, whichever is higher.

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