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HK needs to catch up in data protection regulations

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Lori Graves | 28 May, 2018, 09:36

Therefore, companies across the world are gearing up to ensure compliance to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy requirements. Despite that two-year runway, about 60 per cent of companies aren't ready for GDPR.

The ramifications were visible from day one, with major USA -media outlets including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune forced to shutter their websites in parts of Europe. "We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism". Well if you misuse, exploit, market without consent or even handle with caution any user data, then you can be slapped with a fine of 20 Million Euros to 4% of the company's global turn-over.

A Tronc spokeswoman was not immediately available to comment Friday.

Some of these alerts were more explicit, explaining that the changes were done to meet new regulations in Europe.

The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune newspapers were among those inaccessible on the other side of the Atlantic following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation ().

Already, there are plans by the European Union to supersede the GDPR with even stricter privacy laws for platforms with its e-Privacy proposal.

This is a crucial legal test of many new principles of GDPR - including informed consent, and proportionate data collection - and of the State's role as a big tech hub.

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The airline then provides a link to the new privacy policy that, as stipulated under GDPR, entails the kind of data Kenya Airways collects on users and for what objective written in easy-to-understand English.

News organizations were not alone in erecting barriers for European users.

The GDPR is a lawyer's best friend, given the breadth of coverage and the ease with which the regulations can be violated by companies.

Europe's new privacy measures allow people to limit the information they leave behind when browsing social media, reading the news or shopping online.

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. No more marketing spam - at least not from any company that wants to comply with GDPR. "Do we have more power?" said Bridget Carey, senior editor of CNET.com. However for many companies it was a huge wake-up call because they never did their homework.

Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems filed several multi-billion euro complaints in courts around Europe against Google (Android), Facebook, and two Facebook subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram [complaints, PDF] Friday-the same day as European Union data protection laws, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) [official website], went into effect.

Schrems said, however, that Instagram, a photo-sharing network popular with younger users, and encrypted messaging service WhatsApp - both owned by Facebook - also use pop-ups to gain consent and bar users who refuse.

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