Here's why you're getting so many emails about changing privacy policies

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Hours after new European Union data protection laws came into force on Friday, Mr Schrems launched his latest challenge to Facebook, and a new suit against Google, accusing them of "coercing" users into accepting their data collection policies. So how does this affect you? Confused? Here are five things you need to know about the GDPR, starting with the basics.

European data regulators have signaled they will take compliance seriously.

They've good reason to be anxious.

When will U.S. citizens get the same rights? And those are just the big scandals.

Many large Canadian companies are "well down the path towards compliance with the GDPR or are compliant", Dewitt said, but some smaller ones "are just waking up to it right now".

The EU has taken a dim view of the situation and is using the GDPR to try and rectify it.

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The Data Protection Act 2018 will force companies to use people's personal data responsibly or risk millions of pounds in fines.

Data relating to your physical appearance and behaviour such as hair color, race, and height.

"If it is possible to identify an individual directly from the information you are processing, then that information is personal data".

What Does the GDPR Do?

European regulatory authorities, many of whom say they are under-funded, will oversee the new law, with a central body to resolve conflicts.

Facebook has been showing pop-up messages to European Union citizens about how it is using their data, and asking for continued access to the information it has on them. This information can't be buried deep in a terms of service no one reads; it has to be concise and in plain language. Companies have one month to comply. And if they do that it specifies that "all account information and saved page data is deleted from the Instapaper service immediately" (though it also cautions that "deleted data may persist in backups and logs until they are deleted"). For example, if the data is no longer needed or they are withdrawing their consent for it to be used.

The GDPR has no fewer than 99 separate articles, but here are the some of the key requirements for companies who want to store and process your personal data ... But what does it mean for our human rights and why should you care? Second, customers will have to be provided the option to delete personal data.

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The emails say they're related to GDPR, but what does that mean, and why are you getting so many of them this week?

Susanne Dehmel, head of Legal & Security at Bitkom, Germany's digital association, said firms were concerned because they were not sure how to enforce the new regulations. Those fines could total as much as $7 billion combined.

What Does the GDPR Mean for Americans?

He added that the law will also have a huge impact on manufacturing, hospitality, and other financial services that have an exposure to EU.

Other companies may have simply warned you that their terms have changed and that you don't need to do anything beyond that.

The right to erasure: You can remove all of the data a company has stored on you. The only situation in which a company needs to ask for additional consent is when it sends marketing emails to contacts that are not existing customers.

Account holders on SamMobile also have the right to modify their data.

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