Behind Facebook's latest plan to tackle misinformation, user privacy issues

Behind Facebook's latest plan to tackle misinformation, user privacy issues

Although Google made sweeping changes to its privacy policy (as did Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp), Schrems argues that the company is violating the GDPR in that the acceptance of that policy is "all-or-nothing".

The GDPR took effect today, so this guy wasted no time.

GDPR gives users the right to be forgotten which in simple terms means that they can request businesses to erase any personal data they have. It seems big companies are well-prepared; how concerned should smaller businesses be? And they're prevented from using data for a different goal later. "And being more accessible and transparent with the users", he explained.

"Starting tomorrow May 24, 2018, access to the Instapaper service will be temporarily unavailable for residents in Europe as we continue to make changes in light of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect May 25, 2018".

GDPR is a big new piece of European regulation that stands for General Data Protection Regulation.

But it also includes entirely new mandates, such as the right to transfer one's data from one service provider to another and the right to restrict companies from using personal data.

The right to be informed: This means you have the right to know how companies use your data. The reason you're getting all the emails is that most companies have no way of telling who's an European Union resident and who isn't.

On the eve of strict new data regulations being introduced a council email about the changes accidentally revealed people's personal data. Some are obvious, such as to fulfill contractual obligations - for instance, when an insurer pays out a claim. Companies are also required to maintain documentation of your obtained consent.

Behind Facebook's latest plan to tackle misinformation, user privacy issues

But for some companies, the expense of making sure they comply with the new rules was simply too much.

There's also a somewhat vague category called "legitimate interests". Just one in 10 companies were considering the user experience as they worked to comply with GDPR rules, according to the survey.

Privacy advocates have hailed the new law as a model for personal data protection in the internet era. The organization must then stop processing the data until they can prove they have legitimate reasons to do so. The maximum fine for a GDPR violation is €20 million, or four per cent of a company's annual global revenue from the year before, whichever is higher. That's an incentive for companies to take these rules seriously. Companies now have to offer you the option of downloading all of your data, just like Facebook did after the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to a head. Companies need clarity to be able to safely extend operations across the EU. Ailidh Callander of the London-based group Privacy International says many questions will be tested in courts and further rulemaking.

What Does GDPR Mean for Technology Users in the United States?

Some companies are extending at least some EU-style protections to all users.

Throughout this article, we've been focusing on what rights GDPR gives to European Union residents for the simple reason that it's an European Union law.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, promised "global settings and controls" for users during his USA congressional testimony in April, but was otherwise vague on the subject.

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