In a column for The Washington Post, European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli discusses the aftermath of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, noting many companies have taken "great efforts at compliance, which regulators recognize. At the same time, unfortunately, consumers have felt nudged or bullied by companies into agreeing to business as usual. This would appear to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the new law." He also notes that supervisory authorities in the EU "are already investigating 30" potential violations of the GDPR and that regulators "will use the full range of their enforcement powers to address abuses, including issuing fines." Buttarelli says he's "already thinking about the post-GDPR future," one that "would include a consensus among developers, companies and governments on the ethics of the underlying decisions in the application of digital technology." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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