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THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION WILL COME INTO FORCE FROM MAY 25 IN THE EUROPEAN UNION “ALTERNATIVES TO “FACEBOOK” OFFER DATA PROTECTION”

 
 
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THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION WILL COME INTO FORCE FROM MAY 25 IN THE EUROPEAN UNION “ALTERNATIVES TO “FACEBOOK” OFFER DATA PROTECTION”
by System Administrator - Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 12:28 PM
 

By : M.S.Yatnatti Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru : The General Data Protection Regulation or the GDPR is a new law that will come into force in the European Union later this month from May 25 . GDPR enshrines data protection and privacy rights for European users, and holds companies handling their data, wherever they may be, liable for violations. The penalties run into hefty fines -- highest being 20 million euros or 4% of annual turnover -- whichever is greater. Facebook has sprung into action to redistribute its data-handling operations. Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has done the same. Twitter has updated its privacy policy too. Indian tech, publishing and e-commerce companies will also have to review how they handle, store and erase data. The EU law comes into force on May 25, and decrees that consumers or "data subjects” have right to erasure of their data and a right to port their data from one place to another. It also places a premium on the data subjects' consent to collection and processing of data. Although the law is being introduced in the EU, its ramifications extend the world over. That is because it is not focused on regulatory measures for tech companies, but rather on the protection of EU citizens and their data. Since internet and tech companies the world over handle data from across the globe, the consequences of breaking the law extend to them. The law was introduced in 2016, with data controllers and processors the worldover given two years, until this year's May deadline to comply. Indians will continue to use online products and services the way you did. The EU law is not designed to protect citizens outside of it. Indian businesses handling EU user data, however, will have to take another look at the way they collect and use data or face massive fines. Industry bodies in India are attempting to handhold companies through the regulatory maze. Nasscom and the Data Security Council of India held familiarisation workshops in March in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. "Nasscom has also launched a GDPR Helpdesk for member companies to have their questions resolved,

According to reports Facebook has been and remains the undisputed king of the social network market. Granted, in some regions of the world, like Russia or China for example, there is a more level playing field with the success of popular alternatives to Facebook who take an equal market share. But for the most part, Facebook is the worldwide leader when it comes to social interaction online. If you're using the platform, you've got no choice but to accept the network's settings on privacy and data protection and live with them. If you don't want to do this, then you'll have to find a good and conservative alternative to Facebook - and either convince all of your friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances to join you, or be prepared for the fact that your online friendship circle will be significantly reduced (to begin with at least).If you on the hunt for a conservative Facebook alternative? While it may seem like a daunting task, you can rest assured you're not alone. Whether it's because of hidden terms and conditions, data protection issues, or platform rules and regulations - the reasons for finding an alternative to Facebook are common and more and more users are looking to avoid the Californian social media giant. The market for similar networks is massive, and there's a large selection of platforms ready to accept Facebook's digital refugees. In our guide, we've already introduced some of the biggest and most important social media platforms around. But regardless of whether you're using Twitter, Instagram, or Google+: Awareness and consideration about privacy and data protection are also important factors in choosing to use any of the other social media giants. One common complaint targeted specifically at Facebook is that that Facebook Newsfeed algorithms decide exactly what you do and don't see. Another problem is personalized advertising, which is of course only possible through accessing and interpreting personal user data. As you can see: the list of criticisms for the social network market leader is long. So it's good news that there are a few other alternatives to Facebook on the market. Some of these Facebook alternatives are more conservative, offer less advertising, others offer improved data protection, and some even offer extended functions and features that aren't currently available for Face book customers.