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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has immeasurably improved the privacy rights of millions inside and outside of Europe.
Yet, it hasn't stamped out the worst problems. Complaints allege that Google, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram forced people into giving up their data without actual consent.
Civil society groups have grown frustrated with GDPR's limitations while the information economy moves ahead at a staggering speed.
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At Big Tech levels where data is plentiful, the scale of complying with GDPR is different.
A recent internal Facebook document hints that the company doesn't really know what it does with personal data. Similarly, serious shortcomings are present in the way Amazon handles customer data.
Several early and complex GDPR complaints have led to backlogs at regulators, and paperwork has slowed down international cooperation.
In January 2012, lawmakers in Brussels proposed reforming Europe's data rules. The GDPR law was finally passed in 2016, giving companies two years to comply.
GDPR enforce how businesses must handle personal data, such as names and IP addresses, but it doesn't ban the use of data in cases su...
Despite enforcement problems, GDPR has had an incalculable effect on data practices broadly.
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