Europe’s new data protection rules export privacy standards worldwide
New regulations offer EU citizens sweeping new powers over how their data can be collected, used and stored.
18 March 2018
Europe wants to conquer the world all over again. Only this time, its killer app isn't steel or gunpowder. It's an EU legal juggernaut aimed at imposing ever tougher privacy rules on governments and companies from San Francisco to Seoul. When the region's regulators roll out the changes — known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR — on May 25, it will represent the biggest overhaul of the world's privacy rules in more than 20 years. The new regulations offer EU citizens sweeping new powers over how their data can be collected, used and stored, presenting global leaders outside the 28-country block with a stark choice: bring their domestic laws in line with the EU's new rules, or risk being shut out of a market of 500 million well-heeled consumers.
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