Our MD tried to access https://americanmilitarynews.com and encountered the following message: “Sorry, but due to GDPR, EU nationals are not allowed to access this site. Thank you for your understanding”.
It looks like American website controllers are looking at GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) very closely and to avoid potential fines and problems they are disallowing IP addresses from the EU from accessing their sites – it all about the concept of GDPR, “Consent”.
“Companies will no longer be able to use long illegible terms and conditions full of legalese, as the request for consent must be given in an intelligible and easily accessible form, with the purpose for data processing attached to that consent.
Consent must be clear and distinguishable from other matters and provided in an intelligible and easily accessible form, using clear and plain language. It must be as easy to withdraw consent as it is to give it”.
It is perhaps not a surprise that GDPR whilst harmonising data privacy laws across Europe also protects and empowers all EU citizens with an array of rights…To be forgotten, Right of Access and to enforce the terms of data privacy European style. The Data Protection Act on: “Steroids”!
The consequence is a reshape the way organizations, “Across the pond” approach their data handling – the, by now, familiar, privacy notice and terms and conditions “No, Active “opt in”” and “Granular “opt in”” are simply not required in the American system, unless the business or company is doing business within the European Union, hence the disconnect that pervades a few, but, growing number of sites for now.