What is the big deal, and why is everyone from Airbnb to Yelp suddenly updating their terms of service? Here’s all you need to know.
What the heck is going on? Am I being spammed?
No, this is the real deal. Websites around the world are having to update their policies because of a new set of privacy protections being put in place by the European Union.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, went into effect on Friday. The regulations were written to benefit European citizens by giving them more control over the data that’s collected by online services. But in practice, the new rules will have widespread ramifications as even U.S.-based companies who handle the data of E.U. citizens try to make sure they’re in compliance. The changes you’re seeing in corporate privacy policies is one example.
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