Instapaper on pause in Europe to fix GDPR compliance "issue"

The Latest: Complaints vs Google, Facebook under new EU law

A large number of European web users have been unable to access certain United States sites, including The Chicago Times, the LA Times, The New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun. Under the right circumstances, you can even request to have your account deleted.

'You will also have more opportunities to make a claim for damage caused by the misuse of your data'.

Schrems is the same Austrian activist who fought against US intelligence agencies' mass surveillance operations targeting European Union citizens as well against the American companies violating European Union citizens' rights with their data collection.

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". In that case, it's often hard to tell when a company is just covering its own ass for totally normal purposes or planning to do something nefarious, and that ambiguousness isn't exactly an accident.

So it significantly ramps up the risk of, for example, having sloppy security, or consent flows that aren't clear and specific enough (if indeed consent is the legal basis you're relying on for processing people's personal information).

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

Even where you have agreed to allow a company to store your personal data, that data must be stored in either an anonymized or encrypted form.

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"GDPR is an important step forward for privacy rights in Europe and around the world, and we've been enthusiastic supporters of GDPR since it was first proposed in 2012", Julie Brill, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Microsoft, wrote in a blog post.

In the case of Google's Android operating system, the noyb complaint says users of a new phone with the Android operating system are bounced into the Google ecosystem, something it calls a breach of GDPR informed consent rules. Until now, there has been little incentive for companies to protect customers' personal information.

Note that the rules are different depending on the data in question. "Rather than fully appreciate the implications for both parties and how more trust can be nurtured with the Data Subjects in Europe (who, most of the time, are their own end-customers), they ask their IT providers to sign amendments without giving due consideration to the consequences", said Erwan Carpentier, SVP & General Counsel, Mindtree. "Companies need clarity to be able to safely extend operations across the EU".

Among leading tech companies, Microsoft made the strongest promise to offer European Union rights to users everywhere.

Companies found to be in violation of the privacy law can face steep fines. But others are from newsletters you probably don't remember signing up for.

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.

Another part of the plan to tackle the more gray areas of misinformation is Facebook's public education campaign that aims to get users involved in identifying content that is misleading. People are more aware of their privacy (or lack thereof) than ever before. So ...

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