The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a milestone that brings personal data laws into the 21st century, suggests Jennifer Ko of The Regulatory Review. User information, from names to locations to economic data is no longer as free to use as was the case before. People now have the right to see what data has been collected on them, to correct any errors and even to have this information be deleted. Already, websites and social media companies are sending out emails to all their users, updating them on their new digital rights. Many will apply the EU’s laws across the globe, showing that all can benefit from this change.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) intends to limit the data that companies can collect but actually allows some of them to do it even more, reports Leonid Bershidsky of Bloomberg. Google now requires publishers to ask their users to agree to give up data, and then hand it over, resulting in it acquiring just as much information as before. If they don’t agree to do so they will be deprived of essential ad revenue. Additionally, the GDPR’s complex rules put large companies, like Google, in a much better position to adapt to them, given their large teams of lawyers. Instead of regulating such firms, the laws make them even more powerful.