Belgian Privacy Commission becomes Data Protection Authority

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"Unfortunately, our website is now unavailable in most European countries", said the message carried by the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun and Orlando Sentinel. After all, nearly all of the biggest tech giants have millions of customers in Europe.

Other sites are using banners that pop-up like an advertisement the first time you visit the website after a policy change.

This, the organisation suggests, falls foul of the new rules because forcing people to accept wide-ranging data collection in exchange for using a service is prohibited under GDPR.

However, EU users have to agree to the new terms of service in order to continue using Facebook, Recode point out, after asking Facebook how the worldwide experience differs from the one being shown in Europe. If you want to opt out of sharing your data with advertisers, you can.

For weeks, businesses as varied as Uber, bike shops and restaurants have been sending notes to alert people to updated privacy policies as a result of the law, known as GDPR. So it's possible some companies will never be able to fully comply. The Belgian law significantly strengthens the regulator's investigatory powers and notably gives it the ability to impose fines and sanctions for violating the data protection law.

The serial Facebook petitioner and the Austrian lawyer, Max Schrems has registered data protection complaint against the social media giant and its subsidiaries. Facebook and its subsidiaries Whatsapp and Instagram, as well as Google, are facing lawsuits.

Noyb also said it hoped that the lawsuit will put an end to obtrusive pop-ups used to claim a users consent. This only indicates that GDPR compliance is a good opportunity - not just for multinational enterprises but smaller organizations as well - to keep up with global advances in data privacy and state-of-the-art security.

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Enforcement means that organizations should already be processing personal data in accordance with the GDPR - including provisions for data subject rights.

According to the European Commission, the law applies to a company or entity which processes personal data as part of the activities of one of its branches established in the EU, regardless of where the data is processed.

Google has said its GDPR strategy is in line with guidance it has received from European authorities.

Any organization that processes personal data of European Union individuals is within the scope of the law, regardless of whether or not the organization has a physical presence in an European Union country.

"That includes creating an environment in which everyone can easily do business and know their data is safeguarded", Dennedy told IANS, adding that they are committed to help customers and partners by protecting and respecting personal data, no matter where it is from or where it flows.

Parents will decide for children until they reach the age of consent, which member states will set anywhere between 13 and 16 years old.

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