Few pieces of laws have forced tech companies to take the privacy of their users’ data seriously even more than European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation as known as GDPR. A clause in GDPR known as “Right To Access” which requires tech companies to provide all the collected data back to the users upon their request.
Many major international companies have created automated systems for this purpose which allow this to happen, but it seems that is not quite good enough for some privacy advocates.
Schrems claims that the big tech companies have either failed to comply with “Right To Access” rules completely by ignoring the requests for data or failed to provide required background information related to how the data is used and who it has been shared with.
Schrems is undoubtedly hoping the EU will put its money where its mouth is, and prove that the GDPR isn’t a toothless piece of legislation.
By filing all these complaints, Schrems is undoubtedly hoping that the European Union will put its money where its mouth is and prove that GDPR is not a toothless piece of legislation.
If regulators find that the companies in question have breached the GDPR, the fines can go pretty high. According to Noyb’s complaint summary, Amazon (to name one example) could hit with a max of $8.02 billion penalties. We’ll be monitoring this story and will let you know if any of the companies targeted by Schrems’ complaints issue any official statements.
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