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What Is the GDPR? The EU’s Online Privacy Law: Explained

Privacy wonks won't shut up about 'GDPR,' and it's worth learning why

As soon as Facebook’s data abuse scandal broke, questions of legality and regulation quickly came into focus. Most notably, the scandal found itself at odds with a piece of legislation in the European Union (EU) called the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR), which plenty of Americans were hearing about for the first time.

Even though Facebook is a company based in the U.S., due to the nature of the internet, regulations like GDPR have far-reaching consequences for individuals and companies all around the world. Facebook may have gone to D.C., but GDPR is what it should really be afraid of.

Based in the EU, active worldwide

The GDPR is a landmark piece of legislation in the EU that enshrines stronger data protection and digital privacy laws for EU citizens. Replacing the 1995 Data Protection Directive, the GDPR is an attempt to give internet users more of a say in how their data is used and mandates companies to adhere to strict guidelines on how it is collected, stored, and leveraged. Slated to come into law on May 25 2018, it stands to make a dramatic impact on a variety of international companies and services.

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