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Austrian data privacy activist takes aim at 'forced consent'

July 21 2018, 12:23 | Alonzo Simpson

Why you're suddenly getting lots of emails from sites you haven't visited in years

The Latest: Complaints vs Google, Facebook under new EU law

The GDPR, for the unaware, is a set of new regulations that aim to give European Union consumers more control over how their data is used online.

Today marks the start of Europe's tough new privacy regime, and despite two years of warning and preparation time, at least two newspaper chains in the US couldn't figure it out.

Outside the EU, Facebook's latest alert will be sent to users over email and SMS text messages, and appear as a pop-up on Facebook News Feeds.

"We know that sharing our data safely and efficiently can make our lives easier, but that digital trail is valuable".

A report by the Ponemon Institute, which was published last month and examined more than 1,000 companies in the U.S. and European Union, found that two in five (40 per cent) thought they would not be entirely compliant until after 25 May, while a further 8 per cent said they did not know when they would be compliant. The International Association of Privacy Professionals found that only 40 percent of companies affected by the GDPR expected to be fully compliant by May 25. "They're wording changes", said David Baser, head of Facebook's new privacy division, told CNNMoney.

Data controllers will have to immediately notify consumers about the risks and measures taken to mitigate any data breaches, such as changing passwords or cancelling credit cards.

Mid-sized technology services firm Mindtree, whose second largest market by revenue is Europe, has been gearing up for GDPR for some time.

Max Schrems, the thorn in Facebook's side, has returned to launch the first challenges under the EU's new data protection laws. Until now, there has been little incentive for companies to protect customers' personal information.

The Latest: Complaints vs Google, Facebook under new EU law

But it's an open question how the rules will affect visitors to Europe.

We'll find out which of us is right whenever the European Union rules on the complaint.

This has, however, resulted in a tsunami of emails from companies that are literally clinging on to customers like "desperate exes" and Netizens, on their part, did what they are best at - make memes while the sun shines.

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

The move has renewed fears that the law, and others like it, could "Balkanise" the internet and lead to the creation of a two-tier system, with EU-based web users excluded from services and sites offered elsewhere in the world.

Indian IT organisations have been more vocal than other sectors about putting things in place for GDPR, but the new regulation impacts companies across verticals- manufacturing, hospitality, pharmaceutical/healthcare and even banking and financial services, to name a few.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, promised "global settings and controls" for users during his USA congressional testimony in April, but was otherwise vague on the subject. "Companies will have to put in "right to be forgotten" request".

Phil Stelter, managing director at SYZYGY, said: "After recent data scandals, people are increasingly wary of how their data is being used, but we should see this as a huge opportunity, not a roadblock". People are more aware of their privacy (or lack thereof) than ever before. So ...

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