GDPR takes effect: What you need to know

Gladys Abbott
May 25, 2018

"As soon as we get across the finish line for the marathon, we hop on the bike".

"While a few (startups) have taken steps to start compliance, there are many startups just beginning to take stock of the regulation", said Nehaa Chaudhari, public policy lead at TRA law.

It covers everything from giving people an opportunity to obtain, correct or remove personal data about themselves, to outlining rules for disclosing security breaches, to providing easily understood privacy policies and terms of service.

The difference is whether the original opt-in was GDPR-compliant.

Meanwhile complaints were filed against U.S. tech giants within hours of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect. They usually feature handy one-click buttons that most people presumably use just to be able to put this trying week behind them.

A group that campaigns for data protection rights in Europe says it's filed legal complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp over the way they obtain users' consent under new European Union privacy rules. The number of job searches for the same have risen by 188 percent.

The Chicago Tribune and LA Times were among those saying they were now unavailable in most European countries.

Amy Bell, a project director for Seattle e-commerce marketplace Bonanza, estimates her team has logged months of collective work on GDPR compliance.

"It's not obvious that you can necessarily migrate the data from your system to somebody else's system", Tanguy Van Overstraeten, of Linklaters, said. "So this is a big shift", Thompson said.

Google rolled out new restrictions on the ability of advertisers to export some user data needed to measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns across multiple platforms - while still allowing marketers to use that same data in Google's own in-house ad measurement tools. "Consequently access to services can no longer depend on whether a user gives consent to the use of data". An organization can be fined up to €20 million or 4% of their worldwide annual turnover (whichever is greater) under the laws.

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GDPR "most certainly" affects each Israeli company doing business in the EEA, Snukal said. Amazon's 2017 revenue was $177.9 billion.

The group NOYB.EU - which stands for "none of your business" - claims its action could force the USA internet giants to pay up to 7 billion euros ($8.2 billion).

Amazon, which operates the cloud computer juggernaut Amazon Web Services, announced it was GDPR ready in March.

"Every company that does business in Europe is going to have to change the way they think about privacy", Thompson said.

This data is often transferred and exchanged across companies and nations globally, with citizens often not having control over their data or knowledge regarding their rights.

Lenders have been complaining loudly about the controversial update to the EU's payment-services rules - or PSD2 - under which they have to give out customer data to third parties if a client asks them to do so.

The product's privacy policy is one of the clearer T&Cs we've seen.

There's another reason some companies are expanding GDPR standards beyond Europe. This morning, the BBC reported that a number of big USA news sites had gone down in the European Union due to GDPR.

Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have been hit with privacy complaints within hours of GDPR taking effect Friday.

A recent report by Crowd Research Partners found that 60 per cent of businesses affected by the GDPR felt they were unable to get everything prepared for today.

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