US’ Companies are Not in a Hurry to Comply with GDRP
CALIFORNIA – May 26, 2018
EU enforced privacy defense among the citizens by passing General Data Protection Regulation.
GDPR implies that online companies must give a choice to users either let site gather personal preferences or not. Some online newspapers’ resources are now unavailable to half a billion people.
According to Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Daily News are only a few of telling visitors "Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries."
A&E Television Networks has narrowed its EU blockade to limit the damage to the audience. Websites for its History and Lifetime channels greet the European visitors with a message "content is not available in your area," whereas the website for youth-focused Viceland remains accessible.
“Denying service to EU citizens does not absolve them of their responsibilities," says Julian Saunders, chief executive officer of Port, a U.K. startup selling software that helps clients control who gets access to data and creates audit trails to monitor privacy. "They still hold data on EU citizens and therefore they are required to comply and respond to subject access requests like everyone else."
The newspapers and A&E didn’t immediately respond to emailed requests for comment outside regular office hours.
Privacy has moved from a niche topic to one of the biggest headaches for top bosses such as Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg. This week he was grilled by EU lawmakers about how the data of some 87 million users and their friends may have been shared with a consulting firm with links to Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential campaign.
Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp already accused of breaking GDPR. The complaints have been filed against them within hours of the new rules taking effect.
The privacy group noyb.eu, who filed the suit, disagree with company’s position “take it or leave it”. Users have to opt into data terms the company needs or the access to their service will be denied.
Max Schrems, chair of noyb.eu: "Facebook has even blocked accounts of users who have not given consent. In the end users only had the choice to delete the account or hit the “agree”-button – that’s not a free choice, it more reminds of a North Korean election process.