Europe, not the U.S., is now the most powerful regulator of Silicon Valley

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 26/05/2018 22:13

Europe implemented a sweeping overhaul of digital-privacy laws on Friday that has reshaped how technology companies handle customer data, creating a de-facto global standard that gives Americans new protections and the nation’s technology companies new headaches.

These major changes underscored the extent to which the European Union has emerged as the most powerful regulator of Silicon Valley, stepping in where Washington has failed — or simply been unwilling — to limit some of the United States’ most lucrative and politically influential companies.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/europe-not-the-us-is-now-the-most-powerful-regulator-of-silicon-valley/2018/05/25/f7dfb600-604f-11e8-8c93-8cf33c21da8d_story.html

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New Privacy Law Makes Europe World’s Leading Tech Watchdog
The notices are flooding people’s inboxes en masse, from large technology companies, including Facebook and Uber, and even from parent teacher associations, children’s soccer clubs and yoga instructors. “Here is an update to our privacy policy,” they say.

All are acting because the European Union on Friday enacts the world’s toughest rules to protect people’s online data. And with the internet’s borderless nature, the regulations are set to have an outsize impact far beyond Europe.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/24/technology/europe-gdpr-privacy.html

Sites block users, shut down activities and flood inboxes as GDPR rules loom
Dozens of websites shut down their activities completely, others forced users to agree to new terms of service, and inboxes have been flooded with emails begging customers to remain on mailing lists as the GDPR rules come into force on Friday.

The biggest update in data protection laws since the 1990s is posing major challenges for developers and businesses – while giving substantial new powers to consumers.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/24/sites-block-eu-users-before-gdpr-takes-effect

Sites block users, shut down activities and flood inboxes as GDPR rules loom
Dozens of websites shut down their activities completely, others forced users to agree to new terms of service, and inboxes have been flooded with emails begging customers to remain on mailing lists as the GDPR rules come into force on Friday.

The biggest update in data protection laws since the 1990s is posing major challenges for developers and businesses – while giving substantial new powers to consumers.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/24/sites-block-eu-users-before-gdpr-takes-effect

GDPR Is Here: Mess Up and We'll Fine You, Warns EU Privacy Chief
From tech giant Facebook Inc. to libraries and schools, organizations are now subject to the world’s most far-reaching data privacy regulation in a crackdown aimed at protecting people from losing control over their personal information.

It’s occupied thousands of lawyers, taken years of planning and triggered billions of emails.

Mess up now and you can expect very little tolerance, warns Andrea Jelinek, the Austrian in charge of policing the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which took effect on May 25.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-24/gdpr-is-here-mess-up-and-we-ll-fine-you-warns-eu-privacy-chief

What Will GDPR’s Impact Be On U.S. Consumer Privacy?
Will General Data Protection Regulation rules that go in effect on Friday impact the privacy of U.S. citizens? It depends who you ask, but the odds-on-favorite answer is “not by much.”

The Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal in March led to a firehose of rebuke against social media platforms, advertisers and data brokers over how they use consumer information they collect and how they sell it. U.S. consumers are hungry for change.
https://threatpost.com/what-will-gdprs-impact-be-on-u-s-consumer-privacy/132137/

Google tries to ease tensions on eve of new EU privacy law
Alphabet Inc’s Google sought to ease online publisher concerns on Thursday about the effects European data privacy rules going into effect in just a few hours will have on their ad business.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the biggest overhaul of data privacy laws in over 20 years, organizations must have transparent justification for processing personal data, starting Friday.
https://in.reuters.com/article/us-europe-privacy-alphabet/google-tries-to-ease-tensions-on-eve-of-new-eu-privacy-law-idINKCN1IP3WI
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-europe-privacy-alphabet/google-tries-to-ease-tensions-on-eve-of-new-eu-privacy-law-idUKKCN1IP3WI

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