Microsoft calls for a US GDPR


Only 13% have acted to restrict use of their personal data - though it's clear that consumers are concerned about privacy and being more discriminating with things like location sharing in mobile apps.

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has opened a probe into the search behemoth's compliance with the sweeping data protection regulations passed into law across the European Union nearly exactly a year ago. Inspired by GDPR, the new law will provide California residents with the right to know what personal information is being collected on them, know whether it is being sold or monetized, say no to monetization and access all the data.

This is perhaps the issue Microsoft will face in attempting to escalate such rules up to federal law; the only attempt which we have seen so far in the United States is a diluted version of GDPR. The probe focuses on Google's online Ad Exchange. On Jan. 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will go into effect, marking America's first-ever state data privacy law - and its most far-reaching privacy regulation yet. Like GDPR, this framework should uphold the fundamental right to privacy through rules that give people control over their data and require greater accountability and transparency in how companies use the personal information they collect,"Julie Brill, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft, wrote in a blog post". "The users of our systems must adhere to strict standards".

With the anniversary of the start of enforcement of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, confidence in the effects of regulation remains mixed, according to survey results published Thursday by asset management solutions vendor Snow Software. Some speakers viewed the law's entrenchment in the healthcare system as a positive.

Google is facing a new investigation in Ireland over alleged infringement of GDPR.

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News of the investigation in Ireland comes four months after privacy regulators in France fined Google around $57 million for failing to obtain people's unambiguous consent before using their data to target ads.

Bodin described one useful exercise she uses that she dubbed a "data fantasy camp" where she takes representatives across different business divisions to have a frank conversation about what type of data usage they would prioritize given privacy issues weren't a concern. As perhaps the largest handler of personal data online, Google would inevitably face GDPR inquiries.

In January, the French privacy watchdog imposed a fine of 50 million euros on the company. There were significant differences based on age with younger respondents more likely than older respondents to agree this regulation has worked well (46% of 16 to 24-year-olds agree compared with 28% of those aged 55-75). The state can also bring these charges to a company directly - imposing a $7,500 fine for any violation not addressed within 30 days.

To make a privacy complaint to a regulator: 3%. That, in turn, helps map company data flows and quantify the value of various data usages to the company and patients.

Another user added, "From a user perspective, GDPR has no impact so far".