Wednesday 20 June 2018

Privacy is all very nice, but please just make the emails stop

New EU laws on digital data protection, which came into force last week, are driving internet users to despair, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

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Eilis O'Hanlon

Last week, I updated my privacy policy. My new privacy policy mainly involves an overwhelming desire to protect my privacy from all the companies now emailing me to announce that they've updated their privacy policies and would I care to take a look at the new terms and conditions?

I probably should, I know that, but there are just so damned many of them that I'd barely have time to eat or sleep if I took up every new invitation to do so. Most of the emails have been deleted unread.

It's all because of the new EU law on digital privacy, which came into effect last Friday. The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short, is designed to keep users informed about what and how much data is being collected on them by organisations with whom they come into contact. As such, it's definitely a Good Thing.

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