Privacy advocate files GDPR complaints against Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, and others

Polycount

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So far, most major international corporations have created automated systems that allow this to occur, but it seems that may not be quite good enough for some privacy advocates.

Privacy group noyb, headed up by Max Schrems, has filed numerous complaints against YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and more.

Schrems alleges that the companies either failed to comply with Right to Access rules entirely by ignoring requests for data or failed to provide required background information regarding how the data is used and who it's 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 these complaints, 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.

In theory, if regulators do find that the companies in question have run afoul of the GDPR, the fines can get pretty high. According to noyb's complaint summary, Amazon (to name one example) could get hit with a maximum penalty of $8.02 billion.

We'll be monitoring this story moving forward, and we'll let you know if any of the companies targeted by Schrems' complaints issue any official statements.

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psycros

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Somebody had to do it. Hopefully the US-based companies in question will prove their complying. If not they can enjoy getting soaked by the EU and a having a much higher chance of American privacy advocates gaining momentum for GDPR-style regulations back home. Turning the tide of privacy invasion can't happen quick enough.
 

Eldritch

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Cheers to 'Noyb' (word play on Nobody?). Please bring this law to all continents and countries as privacy intrusion has reached ridiculous levels. Our messages and conversations are being scanned and archived by even the most basic apps, passwords are being leaked regularly and not even disclosed, biometrics breached, processors who allow unfettered access regardless of OS, logging of social media, cookies who know our entire browsing history thanks to syndication..... The list is endless. VPNs are mostly useless due to faulty implementations and are being blocked slowly in some counties. The future of privacy is very very bleak.
 
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