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Your Privacy Round Up—May

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

30 May 2018

We all know that it’s important to stay informed, especially when it comes to things like online security. But with so much information to take in, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on in the privacy world.

That’s why we’re bringing you a monthly round-up of the biggest privacy news—the stuff you really shouldn’t miss.

Check out the privacy headlines this month—and stay informed.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation has come into effect

On May 25th, the GDPR, a new legislative measure by the EU aimed at strengthening data protection and unifying protections across EU countries, came into effect. Although the GDPR only applies to Europe, many companies have taken this opportunity to adopt GDPR-compliant privacy policies worldwide, which is why you’ve been receiving so many emails lately.

California is considering a new GDPR-style privacy law

Following the EU’s adoption of the GDPR, California may be headed for similar privacy protection legislation. Having gained over 600,000 signatures, the California Consumer Privacy Act may be headed for the ballot in November, meaning the state would have the chance to vote in one of the most strongest online data protection measures in the country.

Apple has launched its new Privacy Portal to give you more control over your data

The company’s new Privacy Portal allows users to find out exact what amount of data Apple has on them. By going to customers can request a complete download of their personal information held by the company, which make take up to 14 days to compile.

Canada’s Canada’s House of Commons has adopted a motion to legally protect Net Neutrality

On May 27th, Private Members’ Motion — M-168 (M-168), put forward by Liberal MP John Oliver, was voted in by 277 of the 338 federal MPs in Canada’s House of Commons. Though this is a motion and not a formal bill, it is intended to encourage lawmakers to enshrine the country’s existing and future Net Neutrality protections into law.

We’ll bring you another privacy round up at the end of next month.

Until then, stay safe online.

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