BRANDS are blocking Brits from their websites to avoid strict new EU rules – but they could face major fines regardless. Experts told The Sun that the websites who now no longer serve European users could still be forced to pay millions under new GDPR laws, which came into effect today. Several major websites, including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune, are inaccessible to Brits today. That’s because they’re worried they don’t comply with GDPR. The new EU rules mean companies need your consent to handle your data, or even contact you over email. If they don’t comply, they can be fined up to €20million or 4% of their annual turnover – whichever is greater. “The reason that they’re blocking EU users is that the territorial reach of the GDPR has expended to companies based outside the EU,” David Barda, data protection lawyer at Slater and Gordon, told The Sun. “They obviously decided that they don’t want to collect data on Europeans to avoid the GDPR net.” But David told The Sun that the GDPR doesn’t just apply to the collection of new info on you. It also applies to information a company already holds on you. “So they would also… Read full this story
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