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How the GDPR works

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 such as police use of intrusive facial recognition. It uses seven principles to guide how your data can be used and stored.

GDPR use these principles that allow each European country to issue fines of up to 4 per cent of a firm's global turnover for violating GDPR principles.


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GDPR complaints

GDPR complaints

Several early and complex GDPR complaints have led to backlogs at regulators, and paperwork has slowed down international cooperation.

  • Since May 2018, the Irish regulator, responsible for Meta's Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, plus all of Google's services, Airbnb, Yahoo, Twitter, M...


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The positive effect of GDPR

Despite enforcement problems, GDPR has had an incalculable effect on data practices broadly.

  • EU countries have made decisions in thousands of local cases and issued guidance to organizations to say how they should use people’s data.
  • Some of GDPR’s impact is also hidden. For exa...


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Big Tech lags in complying to GDPR

Big Tech lags in complying to GDPR

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.


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Calls to change how GDPR works

  • Enforcement should be more centralised for big affairs instead of being funnelled to the country where Big Tech's main European headquarters are based.
  • Europe has passed two pieces of digital regulation: The Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act. The laws focus on competi...


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The world-leading data law

The world-leading data law

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 withou...


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