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GDPR is live ... now what?

Tom Fox | May 29, 2018

GDPR is now live and effective, and Austrian lawyer and privacy advocate Max Schrems has already brought suit, claiming the policies of Google and Facebook do not meet the new standard set up in the regulation. His three total lawsuits against the companies total a reported €7.6 billion (U.S. $8.8 billion).

His legal filings highlight an interesting aspect of GDPR: its private right of action. The ultimate effectiveness of the law will probably turn on the enforcement by member states in the European Union and the United Kingdom, under its GDPR-like law. 

The law highlights a fundamental difference in the rights of individuals in the European Union, United Kingdom, and the United States around data privacy. In the United States, that right has very little legal protection. Given the history of Europe in the past century, it is not surprising there is a greater desire for privacy. Already, ...

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