Opposition spokesman urges focus on new rules that take effect today

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On May 25th GDPR came into effect, implementing new laws about data protection within the European Union.

What has changed for European users?

Rights related to automated decision making including profiling: The GDPR puts into place safeguards so that individuals can object to or get an explanation about automated decisions that affect them and their data. They can request to access their personal information stored, and if they so desire they can also choose to suspend or freeze processing of their aforementioned personal information.

As part of a wider effort to promote better data practices in industry and society in general, the ICO has launched a public information campaign - "Your Data Matters" - which is aimed at increasing the public's trust and confidence in how their data is used and made available.

"If in the past you have given your consent to receive marketing emails of a company, then that consent is still valid", said Frederik Borgesius, a privacy researcher at the Free University Brussels.

Google and Facebook are already facing formal complaints that they're in violation of the new privacy rules, the penalty for which can be millions or even billions of euros.

Privacy advocates have hailed the new law as a model for personal data protection in the internet era. Under the right circumstances, you can even request to have your account deleted. You may have received hundreds of emails in recent weeks asking you to give explicit consent for them to use your data.

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"We believe you should know the types of data you share with us and how we use it", the company said on a blog post.

Is anyone already risking legal consequences? . So it has filed complaints against the two and also Facebook subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp, in four different countries to make sure it's nice and pan-European.

Not much will change for you, at least right away; companies will keep on collecting and analyzing personal data from your phone, the apps you use and the sites you visit.

What are the downsides for consumers?

Ireland's data regulator Helen Dixon also spoke to the newspaper, saying the country was ready to use "the full toolkit" against non-compliant companies. As a result, websites such as the LA Times, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun are blocking European users. It is uncertain when or if those websites will become accessible again.

So, if it's all so complicated, why did Europe bother to introduce the rules?

Tough, new rules to protect the personal data of residents of the European Union (EU) take effect today, and Julian Robinson, the opposition spokesman on science and technology, is urging Jamaicans to pay serious attention to the issue. According to a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute of more than 1,000 companies in the United States and European Union, almost half (48 percent) said that they did not expect to meet the May 25 deadline for GDPR compliance or are unsure when they will achieve compliance.

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