How the GDPR Changed the Internet

Security while browsing the internet is really important, as nobody wants their computer to get a virus. There are worse things than viruses, however, and your computer is not the only thing which might get attacked.

Data breaches, identity thefts, credit card information, all of those things can hurt you more than a simple computer virus which encrypts your files would. Preventing these things is possible, with antiviruses and antimalware tools.

What isn’t possible, without the interference of bigger authorities, is to stop sites from selling and trading data. Many sites indulged in such activities, which you accepted when signing up, by agreed with their, often vague terms. This is where GDPR comes in to protect people’s data, at least in Europe.

What is GDPR?

GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, is a collection of rules which helps users in Europe stay safer. This means that all companies which operate in Europe must adhere to these rules, otherwise, they will be penalized.

GDPR has a couple of very important rules, well, it has 99 articles, some of which are very important to individuals.

For starters, individuals can now request all the data and information that companies have on them.

When presented with an agreement and when a site or service asks for consent, the request must be delivered transparently without using legalese to hide or obscure anything.

Any breach of data, not to mention financial damage, should be reported to the respective governing authorities in the first 72 hours after the incident.

It is worth noting that larger companies, with over 250 employees, need to document what data they are storing, how much of the data, for which purposes, how long they plan on keeping it, and which security measure they have in place, to secure that data.

Simply put, the GDPR makes sure that companies keep their users’ data safe, as well as informing the said users of what they plan on doing with their data.

Why is the GDPR Important?

The GDPR is a very important act, making the internet safer to browse for Europeans. For those living in Europe, the most frequent reminder of that are the constant pop-ups on various sites, basically, all sites which store cookies. These pop-ups appear every time you visit a site, especially if you clean your cookies often. You do not have to accept the cookies to continue using a site or service.

Furthermore, every time you register a new account, the things you need to agree are much clearer than they used to be. The companies are also subject to huge fines if they ever compromise your data, willingly or unwillingly. Fines have always kept companies honest, as no company wants to lose money, especially in percentage.

The GDPR, active since May 28, 2018, has turned the internet upside down and all companies operating in Europe have made pop-ups which continually inform you about cookies or other data they collect and store on your device. It is an important stepping stone in the direction of online security.