Google and Facebook are already accused of breaking GDPR laws

General Data Protection Regulation is a new law created to give people more power over the personal information companies collect and store on them

Misusing or carelessly handling personal information will bring fines of up to 20 million euros ($23.4m; £17.5m), or 4% of a company's global turnover.

Coming downstream over the last seven years, even if you've never heard of GDPR you will have undoubtedly felt the GDPR "bow-wave" over the last month, with your rapidly filling inbox raising awareness of the coming prelude.

Second, PR. The world can now see exactly how careful countries are required to be when it comes to handling the personal data of European Union citizens.

Why have you been receiving so many emails about the GDPR?

Why do USA companies have to comply with European rules?

There are six legal bases for using personal data, including getting express consent from consumers.

The updated policies are easy to understand so just give them a once over so that you are fully aware of what data SamMobile collects, what we do with it and how we protect it. SamMobile does not disclose your personal data to third parties.

In the case of Google's Android operating system, the noyb complaint says users of a new phone with the Android operating system are bounced into the Google ecosystem, something it calls a breach of GDPR informed consent rules.

He continued: "Is it really free and not detrimental [to take] the approach where you say: 'This is what you should accept". Effectively that comes down to either being able to show a reasonable basis for needing to do so (for example, in order to deliver something you have ordered), or having your consent.

GDPR laptop
Many companies’ GDPR emails are either unnecessary or illegal

Depending on the European Union countries, there is generally also more public backing here than in the United States for the sort of expansive regulations that took effect Friday - at least as long as they don't turn the Internet into a bureaucratic nightmare.

Schrems has been fighting Facebook over data protection for nearly a decade.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been granted new powers to act swiftly when people's data has been breached and allow her to hold rogue companies to account. "Rather than fully appreciate the implications for both parties and how more trust can be nurtured with the Data Subjects in Europe (who, most of the time, are their own end-customers), they ask their IT providers to sign amendments without giving due consideration to the consequences", said Erwan Carpentier, SVP & General Counsel, Mindtree.

There's still an open question on whether companies will notify USA customers of any breaches, Lewis says.

"As technology increasingly becomes the fabric of business and society, its critical that it be trusted", David Kenny, SVP of IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, told Fox News.

Another benefit for consumers?

GDPR gives users the right to be forgotten which in simple terms means that they can request businesses to erase any personal data they have.

Companies that did send out emails asking for renewed consent might find themselves in a tricky situation now, said Aaron Tantleff, privacy lawyer at Foley & Lardner.

Another right users will now have is the right to anonymity.

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