Max Schrems files first cases under GDPR against Facebook and Google

Galtero Lara
May 25, 2018

There's a reason you're receiving them now: Europe 's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on Friday, May 25, which means companies and services are now alerting you to how they meet the new privacy guidelines.

As per the survey, implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law in Europe has stimulated Indian companies to fortify their databases, leading to an upswing in the search for cyber security and privacy professionals.

This data is often transferred and exchanged across companies and nations globally, with citizens often not having control over their data or knowledge regarding their rights. They say a complex set of laws that are created to give users more control over their personal information will curb the power of Big Tech to track users across the web.

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The law also gives users far more control over their own data.

"The problem for banks and payment service providers is that if we are non-compliant with GDPR, which could be triggered by compliance with PSD2, we have to potentially pay up to 4 percent of global turnover as a fine", said Wandhoefer.

Among the websites blocked were the Chicago Times and LA Times, which posted essages saying they were now unavailable in most European countries, said the BBC.

Privacy-advocacy group Noyb.eu said the four companies are forcing people to adopt a "take it or leave it" approach with regard to privacy - essentially demanding that users submit to intrusive terms of service.

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"In most cases, the email request was unnecessary at best and a poor business decision at worst as they are finding that their marketing database is rapidly shrinking", he said.

However, the activist noted that the aim wasn't to stop companies processing any data - "anything strictly necessary for a service does not need consent boxes".

GDPR's impact isn't only being felt in Europe: some companies feel obliged to offer the same level of privacy protection to customers beyond the EU. 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 well.

Max Schrems, the thorn in Facebook's side, has returned to launch the first challenges under the EU's new data protection laws.

Facebook has even blocked accounts of users who have not given consent.

The new law could spell the end of legalese - of an era of signing away your rights with a single click, experts said.

The right to restrict processing: If an organization cannot delete a data subjects' data-for example, because they need it for legal case-then they can request that the company limit how it's used. Companies risk massive financial penalties for the biggest privacy violations under the new regime.

Facebook has also taken additional steps to protect itself from legal liability for infractions of the GDPR.

"Withdrawing operations from Europe or blocking European users is not a serious threat in the long run", he said. The Equifax hack previous year was particularly bad because the information leaked could be used to open credit cards. The law, ironically enough, is about as massive as the bloated privacy policies it seeks to simplify, coming in at 261 pages that you can read for yourself, but you probably won't, which is exactly the problem with many privacy policies-beyond the "legalese" they employ that typically leaves even those who read them confused about exactly what they're agreeing to.

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