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What's The Deal With GDPR And Your Online Privacy?

What's The Deal With GDPR And Your Online Privacy?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) created to give citizens in the European Union (EU) more rights to control their personal information also applies to an Indian entity if it monitors the behaviour of individuals in the EU.

"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 EU", Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, said in an emailed statement. It will allow users to see sites that track their information and delete their account data.

While the rest of us slept on Friday morning Max Schrems - the Austrian privacy campaigner, Facebook tormentor and Irish court loyalty cardholder - threw a wrench into the gears of the U.S. social network and its arch rival, Google. As a controller, Google has said that it requires publishers to obtain consent on its behalf, and therein lies the rub for publishers: Google, in order to protect itself, is dictating the terms of the consent that publishers must obtain. While others have preferred to temporarily block their services across European Union to completely escape from fowling the new law, perhaps, pending when they are able to establish rule-abiding service model.

Amy Webb, a fellow at Harvard's Nieman Foundation and founder of the Future Today Institute, warned the new law could lead to a "splinternet" with different kinds of data available in various regions of the world, and could be particularly cumbersome for news organizations.

Regulators can hit companies with fines around $23.5 million, and privacy activists are already lining big tech companies on the chopping block.

"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. They may contain important information about managing your digital privacy at a time when it's become clear that our online data is far from safe.




As per the new ePrivacy Directive, browser settings will allow website visitors to accept or refuse cookies, as well as other "identifiers".

Facebook has been put under increased control over how it uses the data of users after the scandal with Cambridge Analytica.

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

So while you may see these notices as a nuisance and you may want to delete them, don't.

Companies can be fined up to 20 million euros ($24 million) or four percent of annual global turnover for violations.

He said the problem with all these sites was pop-ups that have appeared in recent weeks, asking users to agree to new terms of use, adding that this amounted to a system of "forced consent" from users. But some websites are changing the way we can interact with our data. For instance, if this had happened past year, Google's parent company, Alphabet would have been charged to pay $4.4 billion, while Facebook's fine would be $1.6 billion. While such monopolies may thus manage to get the consent, smaller businesses and start-ups may not, causing them considerable hurdles in operating, especially because IP address is also regarded a user's personal data under the GDPR.