GDPR lawsuits – Google and Facebook hit with $8.8 billion
European Union has strictly modified the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) from May 25th, 2018. On the first day itself Google and Facebook hit with $8.8 billion in GDPR lawsuits. Over the past few days our emails has been flooding with GDPR policy updates. The reason behind those emails are this.
What exactly is GDPR?
Basically GDPR is only applicable for companies and users inside the European Union (EU). After the major hit from Facebook with Cambridge Analytica this year, Governments & Citizens are concerned about their privacy very much. Fun fact is that (or serious fact) “Not even a single company in the entire world is ready for that”. All the tech giants and smaller companies feed off from the user data. This data is used for generating user analytics and improve the overall usability and such. But every user has the right to know which information of him/her is being taken. Also what and whom they are being shared with explicitly.
GDPR lawsuits against Google and Facebook?
An Austrian Privacy Campaigner named Max Schrems has already filed GDPR lawsuits against the tech giants just hours after it went live. He is accusing both Google and Facebook the fact is that they are coercing the users to accept the data collection policies. i.e, if the users don’t accept the policies they won’t be able to move forward. This is against the terms stated in GDPR. Hence the GDPR lawsuit. Not only Facebook but also its subsidiaries Instagram and Whatsapp are also in this lawsuit. A total of $4.5 billion dollar for the “Free” services provided by Facebook instead of user data in GDPR lawsuits.
In case of Google, there android operating systems for smartphone is also coercing user to accept data collection. A total of $4.3 billion dollars has been aimed at Google in the GDPR lawsuit against them. GDPR is helping all the users around the world to enjoy the privacy and data control that they deserve.
Even though the companies has updated their privacy policies, they still need to accept the new methods of GDPR. But most of the companies knows this and they are not even trying to hide it. According to GDPR, users can ask the companies to remove specific details about them. The company has 30 days to comply with this or they will face another lawsuit.
Response from Tech Giants
Both of them have disputed the charges and arguing existing measures are enough for meeting the GDPR policy. In a statement Google said, “We build security and privacy into our products from the very early stages”. Also “We are committed to complying with the European Union GDPR”. Facebook also has given same line of defense. “We have been working for 18 months to make sure our policies meet the GDPR requirements”.
Whether the Tech giants gets hit with the GDPR lawsuits and have to pay the fine or not, Users will get to enjoy the true privacy they deserve. The data collection by the Tech Giants has been going on since the beginning. Only now the Government and people have began to see it. Glad to see that Governments are on the people side and they are making sure our privacy is taken care of.