This has, however, resulted in a tsunami of emails from companies that are literally clinging on to customers like "desperate exes" and Netizens, on their part, did what they are best at - make memes while the sun shines.
- One worker was told that if your business provides a guest wifi, all connections must be recorded - as well as what the guests are viewing on the internet. And of course they should take the necessary preventive steps.
Users in the United States will benefit from changes companies that operate in the European Union made to comply with the new law. Lots of companies have been misusing your data in smaller ways, like selling it on to third party advertising companies. And of course, talking about the big ones, Mark Zuckerberg couldn't give a different answer. "IBM has been helping our customers to be ready for GDPR, and beyond that, we are calling on the entire tech industry to adhere to principles of ensuring all AI systems are secure, transparent and keep data private". So we will check how well they are doing.
The EU has billed the GDPR as the biggest shake-up of data privacy regulations since the birth of the web, saying it sets new standards in the wake of the recent Facebook data harvesting scandal.
General Data Protection Regulation - it requires all entities to protect the personal data of all European Union residents. That means: Proportionate to the level of risk. Individuals also have the right to access data accumulated by companies and can ask that their data be transferred to another service provider or company. The data protection authorities will focus mostly on the most risky businesses. That minefield means it's far more practical to apply the same protections worldwide. Do I need to do that? So my impression is that United States citizens are now more alert and are asking why they aren't protected in the same way as Europeans. What does it mean and how does it affect you?
The U.S. does not have any such similar laws in place or soon to be in place to protect American consumers. We have the authorities with the power to sanction violations and we have companies and institutions which are aware of these rules. We should, therefore, get greater control and awareness over how our data is being used. Because now they can say: Forget about me!
All EU citizens now have the right to see what information companies have about them, and to have that information deleted. But there is no doubting its potential for enhancing our right to privacy and our fundamental right to protection of our personal data. Businesses will have to learn to live with that. We need to have new rules because the old rules date back to 1995, digitally speaking those were prehistoric times. This is why pretty much every service you've ever given your email address to is contacting you.