May 30, 2018
Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws
Complaints have been filed against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp within hours of the new GDPR data protection law taking effect. The General Data Protection Regulation is a new EU law that changes how personal data can be collected and used. This, the organisation suggests, falls foul of the new rules because forcing people to accept wide-ranging data collection in exchange for using a service is prohibited under GDPR. "The GDPR explicitly allows any data processing that is strictly necessary for the service - but using the data additionally for advertisement or to sell it on needs the users' free opt-in consent," said noyb. Privacy advocate Max Schrems said: "Many users do not know yet that this annoying way of pushing people to consent is actually forbidden under GDPR in most cases." Companies that fall foul of GDPR can be - in extreme cases - fined more than £17m. Facebook said in a statement that it had spent 18 months preparing to make sure it met the requirements of GDPR. Google told the BBC: "We build privacy and security into our products from the very earliest stages and are committed to complying with the EU General Data Protection Regulation."
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