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Why you should read all of the privacy policy updates flooding your inbox




A man reads a full-page advertisment, taken out by Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook to apologise for the large-scale leak of personal data from the social network, on the backpage of a newspaper, in Ripon, England on March 25, 2018.
A man reads a full-page advertisment, taken out by Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook to apologise for the large-scale leak of personal data from the social network, on the backpage of a newspaper, in Ripon, England on March 25, 2018.
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A new law protecting users’ digital data is going into effect across the European Union on Friday – and it’s changing privacy policies for U.S. users too.

The General Data Protection Regulation (or G.D.P.R.) requires companies to get user consent before collecting data and gives users the power to deny companies any information that isn’t essential to using the service. The regulations led companies to roll out tools where users can decrease the amount of data they’re sharing to the minimum needed, as well as the ability to download and take their data with them if they ever leave the service: also known as “the right to be forgotten.”

The G.D.P.R. also mandates that policies be written so that the average person can understand them, abandoning the typical legalese used in privacy agreements and making them even longer.

Even though the law only directly applies to European users, many companies are making the tools available to those in the United States, too. So how will they affect your daily app and website use?

Larry talks with Wall Street Journal technology columnist Joanna Stern for more.

Guest:

Joanna Stern, personal technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal; she has been following the story; she tweets @JoannaStern