If you have been getting emails from companies notifying you of updated terms and data handling practices, you’re not alone. Social media networks, including our favorite Instagram, were among the first to reach out to users about these changes. No, this is not because of RA 10173 or Data Privacy Act of 2012 (National Privacy Commission) or has nothing to do with the recent Facebook data breach scandals, but somehow could’ve pushed companies to brush on the legalities and technicalities of how they handle data. If it seems like these companies are rushing to beat some sort of deadline, it’s due to this:
After four years of preparation and debate the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 – at which time those organizations in non-compliance may face heavy fines. eugdpr.org
This law, with the same intent as our very own RA 10173, aims to ensure all information collected by companies are used responsibly. While the GDPR is based in the EU, this will impact companies around the world that collect data from someone living in the EU, and as such will be held accountable. That’s why companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter among others, have updated their terms of services and privacy policies and have been busy notifying their users via email.
So if you haven’t gotten one already, expect to get this email from Instagram soon:
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