Over a thousand news sites based in the US are still blocking access to visitors in Europe, months after the EU’s new GDPR rules went into effect.
Rather than change their data handling practices to comply with the new regulations, these sites—including The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News—simply remain blocked for European visitors.
The General Data Protection Regulation came into force in May of this year, and companies were given up to two years to prepare themselves for the change in the law.
As well as ensuring that individuals in the EU have a legal right to demand a copy of any of their data collected by a website, and to then have that data destroyed, GDPR also means that sites must disclose their data collection practices, show how they comply with the law, confirm how long such data is held and say whether or not it is shared with third parties outside of the EU.
The majority of websites and online services based in North America have adopted the EU’s regulations in order to continuing providing service to users in Europe, meaning that GDPR has become a de facto global standard.
About a third of the 100 largest US new sites have failed to adopt GDPR-compliant standards.
Some of the smaller news sites argue that it is simply not financially viable for them to spend their time and money changing their policies; as other companies have found, it can take a considerable amount of resources to ensure they are GDPR-compliant.
However, this will be of small consolation to Europeans who wish to gain their news from US-based sites, especially smaller new sites. For now, they remain unable to.