EU to turn on new law amidst Facebook, YouTube criticized for data misuse

Apr 10, 2018 (LBO) – European Union’s wide data protection instrument, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become directly applicable on 25 May 2018, two years after its adoption and entry into force.

On 6 April 2016, the EU agreed to a major reform of its data protection framework, by adopting the data protection reform package, replacing the 20 years old Data Protection Directive and the Police Directive.

The EU said new regulation will strengthen the protection of the individual’s right to personal data protection, reflecting the nature of data protection as a fundamental right for them.

The European Data Protection Board will be at the centre of data protection in Europe and on 25 May, a new single set of data protection rules will enter into effect across the EU.

The European Union said citizens will be able to benefit from the stronger protection of personal data and gain better control over how the data are handled by the companies.

Meanwhile, the 33-year-old chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg will appear before US lawmakers as Facebook came under spotlight over a data privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook said they are rolling out stronger privacy protections ahead of the introduction of Europe’s Data Protection Regulation even though they will not promise all future changes will apply to every user.

More than 20 privacy groups on Monday filed a complaint in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of United States saying YouTube should be fined billions for illegally collecting personal data.

They claim that Google’s video platform, YouTube is violating U.S. child protection laws by collecting personal data on users aged less than 13 years old.

These data privacy breaches mounting pressure for new regulations on social media platforms operating in the United States.

Data are increasingly becoming very valuable for today’s economy and are essential to daily lives of the citizens.