STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

GDPR, explained

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation aims to put online data back in the hands of users. Companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook will be required to give their EU customers more control over their personal information.

Posted: May 25, 2018 9:15 AM
Updated: May 25, 2018 9:16 AM

Some American news publishers are struggling with Europe's new stringent privacy rules.

The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune websites were taken down in most European countries on Friday after new European Union data protection regulations came into force overnight.

The LA Times website, run by parent company Tronc, featured the following statement on a plain white screen:

"Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism."

The same statement appeared on other Tronc-owned sites including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and Orlando Sentinel.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) changes the way companies around the world collect and handle personal data. The strict rules were designed to give European individuals more control over their privacy and online data.

The new law affects any organization that holds or uses data on people inside the European Union, regardless of where is it based. That means a US website tracking browsing histories of Europeans is affected.

Related: Everything you need to know about GDPR

Other publishers have taken a different approach to Tronc.

European readers of USA Today's homepage are now being offered a stripped down version, devoid of any advertisements. A disclaimer at the top welcomes readers to the publication's "European Union Experience.

Readers are invited to learn more by clicking through to a statement that reads: "It appears that you're visiting us from a location in the European Union. We are directing you to our EU Experience."

USA Today says its site does not collect "personally identifiable information or persistent identifiers from, deliver a personalized experience to, or otherwise track or monitor persons reasonably identified as visiting our site from the European Union."

Related: Facebook and Google already facing privacy lawsuits

The homepage for Bloomberg's news site won't allow European visitors to read stories until they review a statement about how the company tracks their activity online.

NPR's website is requiring visitors in Europe to agree to its tracking policy before they can enter. Those who decline are sent to a stripped down "plain text" site that lists its top 10 news stories in small blue lettering. The linked stories are devoid of photos or even bold headlines.

Related: Are you getting too many GDPR emails?

Many companies have not managed to comply with the rules in time. If regulators find that they are not abiding by the rules, they could face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of their global annual sales, whichever is bigger.

Consulting firm Capgemini reported that 85% of surveyed firms said they were not ready for the new GDPR law. Just one in 10 companies were considering the user experience as they worked to comply with GDPR rules, according to the survey.

-- Ivana Kottasová contributed reporting.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 55947

Reported Deaths: 1654
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin17789819
Ramsey6861261
Dakota3942102
Anoka3327112
Stearns281720
Washington188643
Nobles17456
Olmsted162023
Scott136214
Mower10782
Rice9898
Blue Earth8485
Wright8015
Carver7692
Clay74340
Kandiyohi6701
Sherburne6387
St. Louis42719
Todd4182
Lyon4153
Freeborn3541
Steele3271
Nicollet30713
Benton3043
Watonwan2980
Winona24516
Crow Wing20613
Martin2035
Le Sueur1991
Beltrami1910
Chisago1761
Goodhue1758
Otter Tail1753
Cottonwood1710
Pipestone1439
Becker1421
McLeod1350
Unassigned13540
Douglas1290
Itasca12912
Polk1293
Waseca1280
Pine1260
Carlton1240
Dodge1220
Murray1221
Isanti1080
Chippewa971
Brown832
Meeker832
Morrison831
Faribault820
Sibley782
Wabasha780
Koochiching733
Rock730
Jackson700
Pennington701
Mille Lacs643
Fillmore610
Cass582
Renville585
Lincoln540
Swift521
Grant491
Yellow Medicine490
Roseau450
Houston400
Pope390
Norman340
Redwood300
Aitkin280
Hubbard280
Kanabec281
Marshall280
Wilkin283
Mahnomen231
Wadena230
Big Stone220
Red Lake190
Lake170
Stevens150
Clearwater140
Traverse100
Lac qui Parle60
Kittson40
Cook20
Lake of the Woods10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 45592

Reported Deaths: 877
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk9709202
Woodbury364250
Black Hawk299762
Linn208987
Johnson191815
Dallas178735
Buena Vista178412
Scott159012
Dubuque152729
Marshall138324
Pottawattamie121223
Story111013
Wapello84531
Muscatine82448
Crawford7153
Webster7125
Sioux5932
Cerro Gordo58117
Tama53729
Warren5261
Jasper45424
Plymouth4438
Wright4411
Louisa37814
Dickinson3754
Clinton3123
Washington28710
Hamilton2391
Boone2282
Franklin2134
Bremer1877
Clarke1853
Carroll1811
Emmet1791
Clay1711
Hardin1660
Shelby1591
Marion1520
Allamakee1494
Poweshiek1468
Benton1421
Des Moines1392
Jackson1391
Mahaska13617
Guthrie1265
Floyd1242
Jones1231
Cedar1201
Hancock1162
Butler1132
Pocahontas1131
Henry1123
Buchanan1101
Lyon1000
Madison1002
Cherokee971
Clayton973
Harrison960
Taylor930
Lee923
Delaware901
Monona900
Humboldt891
Iowa881
Winneshiek821
Calhoun812
Mills810
Sac810
Fayette790
Jefferson780
Palo Alto780
Kossuth770
Osceola770
Mitchell760
Page740
Winnebago730
Grundy721
Union701
Monroe667
Worth610
Chickasaw500
Davis491
Howard480
Cass471
Appanoose433
Lucas434
Montgomery433
Greene380
Fremont360
Van Buren311
Keokuk301
Ida290
Audubon281
Decatur210
Ringgold211
Adair200
Adams160
Wayne151
Unassigned70
Rochester
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 44°
Mason City
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 43°
Albert Lea
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 48°
Austin
48° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 48°
Charles City
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 50°
Starting the week of dry
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Campaign signs in Albert Lea

Image

Campaign signs go missing in Albert Lea

Image

Run the Woods race

Image

Don Bosco scores two in the 6th, stuns Newman for state title

Image

Pine Island holds community resource drive

Image

Pop up event for the homeless

Image

Seans 8/1 Weather

Image

Cruisin' for Cancer 2020

Image

Day Center for the Homeless to Move

Image

Popular Iowa tennis court hosts tournament

Community Events