According to the European Commission, the law applies to a company or entity which processes personal data as part of the activities of one of its branches established in the EU, regardless of where the data is processed.
What are the penalties to those who break the law?
Okay, so this is happening.
Daniel Castro of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington think tank, called GDPR "a confusing and impractical set of rules" that offers consumers little benefit. They are in control of their data. The group is run by data privacy activist Max Schrems. Another similar complaint is filed in France regarding the consent requirements of Google's Android.
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Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came to life yesterday, and a couple of United States tech giants are already being accused of breaking the law. That's why you've been receiving such a deluge of emails recently. It's because that's what it does. It requires companies to get clear consent from users before taking their data and to tell them exactly what it will be used for. You will also have access to any websites where your data is used and you will be fully aware of the functions of the website. In a way, it affects the global digital services.
In fact, the privacy rule in Hong Kong is modeled after EU's previous law governing data protection, which was passed in 1995.
The new law stipulates that any company with a digital presence in the European Union will have to comply with the law or face steep penalties. Under the new law, companies need your consent to collect your data, and you should only be required to give them data that is necessary for their services. If any European resident commands a company to delete/modify/send his or her stored data, the latter has to comply, no matter what!
The law had been seen as focusing on Silicon Valley tech giants like Facebook and Google, but publishers and advertising companies have warned that it will harm their businesses in particular because it restricts how information is packaged and shared to sell advertising.
Politicians in Europe last week restated its inflexible stance on corporate data responsibility - part of the reason some services have decided that to shut up shop for European Union citizens, even temporarily, is the lesser of two evils.
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A local telecom operator was recently mired in a massive data leak scandal in Hong Kong.
This brings me to the thought of Filipinos' own data privacy.
We created an infographic to demonstrate the path well-protected personal data takes - leaving the data subject's hands and on to an organization for secure processing. "When it comes to personal data today, people are naked in an aquarium". This is quite expensive, strict and inevitable to ignore. In addition to The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, newspapers including The New York Daily News, The Orlando Sentinel and The Baltimore Sun were also unavailable to readers in Europe.
Websites for its History and Lifetime channels greet the European visitors with a message that its "content is not available in your area", whereas the website for youth-focused Viceland remains accessible.
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