SamMobile’s policies have been updated for GDPR EU compliance

Alicia Cross
May 25, 2018

In terms of what Instapaper does with users' data, its privacy policy claims it does not share the information "with outside parties except to the extent necessary to accomplish Instapaper's functionality". It's simple to collect that information, so there's no reason for them not to hoard it.

"Personal data is information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual".

The EU has taken a dim view of the situation and is using the GDPR to try and rectify it. But there is no doubting its potential for enhancing our right to privacy and our fundamental right to protection of our personal data. While we'd like to get some more modern protections of our own here inside the USA, it'll be interesting to see, in the near future, how online businesses change their ways in reaction to GDPR.

Data relating to your physical appearance and behaviour such as hair color, race, and height. The key is that any data that makes you identifiable counts. The right is not absolute and only applies in certain circumstances.

'Companies will need to tell you exactly what you're signing up for and you will have more control when it comes to opting out of future marketing emails.

What Does the GDPR Do?

A large number of European web users have been unable to access certain United States sites, including The Chicago Times, the LA Times, The New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun.

Apple, for example, has rolled out new tools to European customers to make it easier for them to download the data the company holds about them and the devices they use. You can read terms of service here. Companies have one month to comply.

It gives us significant empowerment over whether, how, and when our data is used.

The don'ts: Companies must not ignore regulators' requests to fix GDPR failings, nor take more than 72 hours to report a security breach involving personal data. In complying with the new GDPR laws, all un-migrated accounts will be purged, resulting in any previous posts becoming anonymous and the loss of your nickname.

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"A lot of these companies now force you to consent to the new privacy policy, which is totally against the law". This is why pretty much every service you've ever given your email address to is contacting you.

That uncertainty, together with stiff penalties for violating the law, has convinced internet-based businesses such as, an inbox management firm, and gaming company Ragnarok Online to block European Union users from their sites.

Many have not managed that and could now face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of their global annual sales, whichever is bigger.

That puts potential sanctions in the ballpark of anti-trust fines levied by Brussels that, in Google's case, have run into billions of dollars.

What Does the GDPR Mean for Americans?

With GDPR in mind, he recently set up a non-profit called None of Your Business (noyb) that plans legal action to blunt the ability of the tech titans to harvest data that they then use to sell targeted advertising.

This, however, doesn't mean that the GDPR won't affect you.

The right to erasure: You can remove all of the data a company has stored on you.

Your positive opt-in is based on the information presented to you at the time, so it shouldn't later be used for anything you didn't sign up to. European Union has slapped a €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) antitrust fine on Google, and fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for misleading officials about its takeover of WhatsApp.

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