GDPR Hasn’t Been as Aggressive as Critics Would Like

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Two years later, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation has struggled with a lack of enforcement, not enough funding, limited staff resources, and stalling tactics by tech companies.

Privacy groups and smaller tech companies complain that companies like Facebook and Google are avoiding tough oversight. At the same time, the public’s experience with the G.D.P.R. has been a frustrating number of pop-up consent windows to click through when visiting a website.

I expected a lot more out of it as well. Sounds like the government needs to take it more seriously.

EU Wants a Single Data Market to Challenge Big Tech

· Andrew Orr · Link

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The European Union introduced a way to challenge the likes of Big Tech by creating a single market for data.

Measures to achieve that goal include an array of new rules covering cross-border data use, data interoperability and standards related to manufacturing, climate change, the auto industry, healthcare, financial services, agriculture and energy.

Other rules in the coming months will open up more public data on geospatial, the environment, meteorology, statistics and companies’ data across the bloc for companies to use for free.

Is Europe Going Too Far With Tech Regulation?

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Don’t answer that, because the answer is already no. Adam Satariano feels that maybe Europe is going too far when it comes to tech regulation.

Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the past five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent.

The New York Times: Why does Apple control its competitors?? Also The New York Times: Is Europe going too far?? I know that these articles were written by different people, but I still did a double take so hard that now I have whiplash.

Do Not Track Setting Could Return With a Vengeance

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple plans to remove the Do Not Track setting from iOS and macOS because it doesn’t actually do anything. Websites only have to voluntarily obey it, which means that the majority don’t. But a stronger DNT could be coming.

In January 2017 the European Commission announced an initiative to update the ePrivacy Regulation, a proposal that would revisit a 15-year-old directive dealing with privacy protections and how users consent to being tracked by cookies.

This Scary EU Piracy List Could Break the Internet

· Andrew Orr · News

The list of websites that should be banned for copyright infringement is kind of funny. And also scary because politicians don’t understand technology.

How to Request Personal Data From Companies

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

You’ve probably gotten dozens of emails lately from companies about updated privacy policies. Here’s what you can do about that.

Here's How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg's EU Privacy Hearing Live

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going before the European Parliament today to answer questions about the social network’s privacy policies. The event will be streamed live on the interent from the EP website, which means everyone can watch and see how it compares to the recent U.S. Congressional hearings where he also testified. The live stream starts at 12:20 PM eastern time.

Here’s How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s EU Privacy Hearing Live

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Testifying at EU Privacy Hearing on Tuesday May 22

· Jeff Gamet · News

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First Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before a U.S. Congressional hearing about the social network’s privacy policies, and now he’s doing the same in the European Union. Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before the European Parliament on Tuesday, May 22nd.