A new regulation regarding personal data protection was put into effect.
The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now comes into force. It prohibits collecting user'a data via the internet without each concent. Violation will be subjected to a fine up to 23.5M USD.
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European countries have been sensitive to privacy compared to the US. Some years ago, An European court approved "a right to be forgotten," ordering Google to erase the data of a person's dishonorable history.
And also, recent European regulations are clearly aiming at reducing the power of global companies most of which are originated from the US. The GDPR will do damage to Google, Apple, Amazon, and other IT companies using cookies and similar ways to collect user information.
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Indeed, also I was ordered to check the website of the department I belong to confirm no programs to collect user information secretly are equipped on the English pages.
It should be accepted that there is a conflict between convenience and safety. Some people are not willing to disclose their personal information in exchange for receiving services. I dare not to keep my alignments secret unless any critical situations happen. People's opinion is various, anyway.