Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Erin Scott/Zuma Press/TNS) Facebook is set to comply with strict new privacy rules in Europe next month, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said publicly that those protections will be available around the world. That doesn’t appear to be the case. Facebook has changed its terms of service, which means 1.5 billion of its more than 2 billion users will not be protected under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that’s scheduled to take effect May 25. While Facebook users outside the United States and Canada are currently protected by terms of service with the company’s international headquarters in Ireland, Facebook has confirmed it will change that. Reuters, which first reported the change, notes that this means most of Facebook users won’t be able to file a complaint in Irish courts, but will instead be subject to less … [Read more...] about Facebook moving most users from protection of EU privacy law
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Tech & Science A new law set to go into effect on Friday has shaken up business in the European Union and, by extension, the United States. Email inboxes on both continents have filled with new privacy policies and terms of service over the past couple of weeks as companies anticipate the new General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. The European Parliament adopted the law in 2014, with a two-year grace period starting May 24, 2016. The grace period was meant to allow companies to prepare for GDPR to go into effect. What Is the GDPR? The new GDPR law is meant to protect consumers who give companies in Europe their personal data. It is meant to prevent companies from using that data incorrectly or in a way users hadn't consented to. The law also gives users far more control over their own data. Under GDPR, users can ask a company for all the data that company has on them, and, if they wish, for the company to delete that data as … [Read more...] about What Does GDPR Mean? When Does It Start? New Privacy Laws Explained
by Natasha Singer The new European data privacy legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations like driverless cars, tech industry groups warn.The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union called the legislation "overly strict." The Developers Alliance, a trade group representing Facebook, Google, Intel and dozens of app makers, said it could cost businesses in Europe more than 550 billion euros, or about $US640 billion, in annual lost revenue. And DigitalEurope, another tech trade group, said the legislation's prohibitive approach "seriously undermines the development of Europe's digital economy".These industry alarms are not over the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, a tough privacy law that went into effect in the European Union on Friday. Instead, the cause is an even stricter privacy law that's pending – the tech industry's next regulatory battleground in Europe.It is called the ePrivacy Regulation, … [Read more...] about Europe’s new data privacy laws could kill digital innovation
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff July 01, 2018 The “California effect” is coming to the Internet, and while that means tougher online privacy regulations, I bet Facebook, Google and other tech titans are just fine with that.Last week, California passed an Internet privacy law that is far ahead of what other states and the federal government mandate. Online companies that collect personal information about users will be required to tell them what they do with the data, and with whom they share it. The companies will also have to let consumers see what information has been collected about them, and consumers can demand that it be deleted. They can also tell companies not to share the data with anybody else. And Californians will have the right to sue companies for breaking the rules. Advertisement The law is enforceable only in the Golden State. But … [Read more...] about Calif.’s new net privacy law gives consumes more clout, and Big Tech may be just fine with that
Most at risk are unwitting owners of ad-funded websites and apps, which Google has said to have the responsibility of getting consent. Google’s delayed entry into a consortium of advertising technology companies has spoiled the members’ push to comply with a new European privacy law, six people involved in the program told Reuters, leaving some firms exposed to fines. Most at risk are unwitting owners of ad-funded websites and apps, which Google has said to have the responsibility of getting consent to serve targeted ads to European consumers. The experience shows how Google policy decisions cascade through the $200 billion global online advertising industry, which is dominated in most facets by the Alphabet unit. Data about a website visitor’s identity can pass through a dozen ad tech firms before an ad is loaded, and each one must have user consent or another legal basis to access it under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Hundreds of ad … [Read more...] about Google delay on ads standard for EU privacy law creates compliance mess
WASHINGTON — A rare thing emerged in Washington early this year: agreement. Republicans and Democrats in Congress, as well as the Trump White House, all said they wanted a new federal law to protect people’s online privacy. Numerous tech companies urged them on. And they had a deadline. With a broad California privacy law set to go into effect early next year, many federal lawmakers and the tech companies wanted to get ahead of it and avoid having state-by-state rules. But after months of talks, a national privacy law is nowhere in sight. The window to pass a law this year is now quickly closing. Lawmakers continue to disagree on parts of the bill, including how best to enforce a new law and how much freedom states should have to pass their own rules. And some California lawmakers have balked at efforts to override their state’s new law. Several lawmakers and their aides insist that they are making headway, meeting regularly to sort out the remaining roadblocks. … [Read more...] about Congress and Trump Agreed They Want a National Privacy Law. It Is Nowhere in Sight.