What is the GDPR and what do you need to know about it? This article (link below) explains it all clearly.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an update to privacy laws that have been in place in the EU for some time. It was created because companies are collecting your personal information and using it in various ways (Cambridge Analytica and Equifax are two examples in the US).
While the US doesn't have protection for personal data in place for individuals, the EU takes use of personal information without your consent seriously.
It's much easier to roll out policy changes for everyone rather than on an indivdual basis.
Money is another factor. Fines for violating the GDPR can be stiff - up to €20 million or 4% of their worldwide annual turnover (whichever is greater). Many companies are also taking a look at how they handle personal data and revising policies.
It's worth noting that many websites in the USA aren't prepared for the GDRP and are blocking users in Europe so they are no longer able to access content US based sites.
Blocking 500 Million Users Is Easier Than Complying With Europe’s New Rules:
GDPR Rules Prompt U.S. Websites to Block EU Users
This article outlines what is considered personal data and what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how it impacts people living in the USA. Worth a read.
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