Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed all sorts of websites sending emails to your inbox about updates to their privacy policies. The timing of these messages is no coincidence: they’re all part of an effort to inform users about the changes that are set to come from a piece of legislation recently passed by the European Union. Named the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this video details how the new law will let people opt-out of data collection by major websites. And while the legislation technically applies only to the European Union, analysts expect that the effects of the bill will be felt worldwide.
- How will GDPR affect companies and consumers outside of Europe?
- Do you think the U.S. government should pass legislation similar to GDPR? Why or why not?