EU GDPR Just Rolls Out Today, Facebook, Google Already In Hot Waters

The big difference is that now the companies will have to justify why they’re collecting and using that information. And they’re prevented from using data for a different purpose later

Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came to life yesterday, and a couple of U.S. tech giants are already being accused of breaking the law. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for worldwide business by unifying the regulation within the EU.

The EU has the world's most stringent regulation on data protection, but it is also the leading region in the world when it comes to using big data for improving public services and healthcare sectors.

Why is EU GDPR getting so much attention? "To that end, the CMA is committed to establishing and ensuring best practices for marketers in Canada and has created the GDPR Guide as a resource to assist members with understanding and compliance of this new and far-reaching regulation". "Over the last 18 months, we have taken steps to update our products, policies and processes to provide users with meaningful data transparency and control across all the services that we provide in the European Union".

What is the EU's new privacy law? How do you think those adverts follow you around the internet after just a single Google search?

But it also includes entirely new mandates, such as the right to transfer data from one service provider to another and the right to restrict companies from using personal data. Some ads they encounter would no longer be personalized to their interests, and if clicked on less, could cut industry spending. GDPR The GDPR sets out seven key principles: lawfulness, fairness and transparency, goal limitation, data minimization, accuracy, storage limitation, integrity and confidentiality (security), and accountability. The deadline to become GDPR compliant ended at 11:59 last night and less than half a day into the first day, news is spilling out like lava. This means that any company, anywhere, that has a database that includes European Union citizens is bound by its rules.

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"Instead of hiring engineers, companies are hiring privacy lawyers", Castro said in a blog post with researcher Alan McQuinn.

Echoing the concern over data privacy, Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said, "Personal data is the gold of the 21st century".

The case for the new rules has been boosted by the recent scandal over the harvesting of Facebook users' data by Cambridge Analytica, a US-British political research firm, for the 2016 US presidential election.

The Journey of Safe and Secure Personal Data: Charting GDPR Compliance. News websites under the Tronc and Lee Enterprises media publishing houses were affected, including New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun, a BBC report said.

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the bloc's patchwork of rules dating back to 1995 and heralds an era where breaking privacy laws can result in fines of up to 4 percent of global revenue or €20 million ($23.5 million), whichever is higher, as opposed to a few hundred thousand euros.

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