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Tech giants face first wave of GDPR complaints

Jaclyn Jaeger | May 29, 2018

Privacy advocates wasted no time filing a number of complaints against a handful of technology companies for violations of the EU’s General Data Protection regulation, which came into force May 25.

Headed by privacy activist Max Schrems, a newly formed non-profit group named None Of Your Business (NYOB) filed four complaints on the first day GDPR came into effect. The complaints—against Google (Android), Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram—concern “forced consent.”

GDPR allows companies to process individuals’ data if they have a valid legal basis for doing so, with consent being one of the most frequently chosen options. Under the GDPR, individuals cannot be forced into consenting to their data being processed to use a service, and yet “forced consent” is the road technology giants like Google and Facebook have taken.

“Facebook has even blocked...

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