EU GPDR is coming in May 2018

The EU passed data privacy laws (General Data Protection Regulation) two years ago that asserts a principle that EU privacy regulations apply not only to businesses that engage in commerce in Europe, or have computers in EU countries, but apply to all activities conducted by residents of the EU, even if no part of the interaction occurs within the jurisdiction of the EU. Left unclear is whether a citizen of the EU not located inside the EU (think German tourist in Florida using the Streaming Radio Guide) would be entitled to the protection of the EU-GPDR.

Taking it one step further (see: cc), what if a person in the EU uses a proxy server to conceal their physical location from a web site operator? Am I still required to conform to the EU consent demands?

Between this regulation, the anti-slavery law, and Microsoft announcing it has the right to monitor “hate speech” in private communication, the world is becoming a scary place.

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1 Response to EU GPDR is coming in May 2018

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Judging someone’s likely location by the colour of their IP address is just plain ray cyst. 😉

    You’ve touched upon most of the key issues. There is resident versus citizen. I’ve worked with some Americans that were residents of the EU for a couple years solely because their employer had sent them there for a 2 year assignment. Syrian refuges are also residents there now.

    The more pressing issue is where American law conflicts with European law- that is an area where Microsoft finds itself. The US DOJ is demanding that Microsoft provide personal information of some of its users even though part of that data resides on servers in the EU and EU law makes it a crime if they comply. Tim Cook was publicly asked about that hypothetical when he testified before the US Congress a year or so ago and he told Congress that Apple is an American company and he is an American citizen and that both he and Apple have no choice but comply with American law.

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