Some US websites are blocked in the European Union as GDPR day arrives

The launch day of wide-reaching new data laws implemented

Among the inevitable deluge of emails sent by companies desperate to be seen to be doing the bare minimum in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into effect in Europe today, have been those requesting blanket opt-ins.

The same statement appeared on other Tronc-owned sites including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and Orlando Sentinel.

In the US, consumers typically "consent" to give up data when they sign up for a product or service.

"You have to have a "yes or no" option", Austrian Max Schrems said before filing complaints in European jurisdictions.

That is why you're getting so many emails about privacy policy changes lately.

While one objective of GDPR is to give consumers more control over their personal data and prevent unauthorized uses, another relatively clear goal of the law is to create a legal and regulatory tool to manage (or restrain) Google and Facebook and their use of data.

The law also gives users far more control over their own data.

Had regulation like the GDPR existed before, Facebook users in the European Union would have had legal recourse to pushback against the social media network in the wake of Cambridge Analytica scandal, which led to more than 90 million Facebook users' data being compromised.

Under the new regulations, you have the right to access the personal data of yours an organisation processes - this is called a Subject Access Request (SAR) - as well as requesting the information is deleted if you want. It remains to be seen whether the GDPR will prompt the U.S.to take action, but the fact that major companies like Facebook and Spotify are extending their updated privacy policies to protect Americans is a step in the right direction.

"It's a gradual and not a revolutionary kind of thing".

Many companies have not managed to comply with the rules in time. The key is that any data that makes you identifiable counts.

Users who no longer want their personal data processed have the right to be forgotten and have their data deleted. Companies have one month to comply. Many still aren't fully ready for the new regime. "Our work to improve people's privacy doesn't stop on May 25".

It is unclear how many provisions of GDPR will be interpreted and enforced. Europeans, for example, were blocked from several USA news outlets Friday as a result of the regulation.

The new data privacy law has some Europeans scratching their heads over what to do. The same applies for the Instagram complaint, filed via Belgium's DPA and the WhatsApp case, filed by noyb with Hamburg's data commissioner (HmbBfDI) Prof Johannes Caspar. While a user seeking to exercise the data portability right would be able to move playlists he or she created, the situation becomes fuzzy if the playlists are created by the streaming service using algorithms.

The Commission said it would continue to actively support Member States, Data Protection Authorities and businesses to ensure the rules are applied effectively.

"Now, I'm not saying that it's a bad bill, because I don't necessarily think it is", Ward said in an interview. The GDPR could even affect small tourism-related business such as a resort or tour operator, because they have guests from all over the world.

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