What is the EU GDPR and why are we getting spammed about privacy policies?


– It is the most contested law in the European Union’s history. Last week, the General
Data Protection Regulation came into effect. Joining us this morning with more on what it means and
how it could affect you is online security expert, David Papp. Good morning, Dave. – Good morning, Mike. – Just reading in the
notes that you provided me, apparently this GDPR as it’s known, more Google searches than Beyonce, so– (David laughs) this is upsetting a lot of people, or at least they’re making
a lot of people interested. What is the hype, sir,
or what exactly is GDPR? – Basically, it’s like our privacy laws that we have here in Canada, but it’s the European Union’s version, and it reaches beyond the EU, so the idea is to protect consumers and to go after companies that abuse, taking proper precautions
of safeguarding people’s data that they’re dealing with. But the interesting thing about that is their tentacles can reach out to companies here in Canada and go
after us for penalties and they’re very steep. If they feel that we are
not taking precautions on the data that we have access to, of residents of the EU. So it does affect people in
Canada to a certain extent. Most of us were just annoyed
because we’re getting all those emails about all these companies updating their privacy policies. – Who are we getting these emails from? What companies are these? – Everybody online. I mean, if you’re– – Even if they’re not European based. – Correct. (laughs) Because they have to. I mean, you know,
honestly, this is actually a good thing that everybody does this. It’s probably about time. And what it’s done is
it’s exposed some things with Facebook and, you
know, Google and LinkedIn, and they’re all sending all these out, but they’re makin’ it
easier for you to see what your privacy settings
are on their platforms. I think that’s actually
the good aspect of this. – So did this all start with what happened with Facebook, ’cause
as soon as this Facebook thing happened, the
whole world, just boom. – It feels very coincidental
but this framework has been in the works since April of 2016. So it’s been a couple years in the making. – So what should we do when we get one of these emails then? Is it something we should look into and actually check the settings, or should we ignore it? What does it mean? – I think it’s a good thing for you to be reviewing the settings of any of your online accounts, absolutely. – What are the things we should
we be fearful of, though, when we do review these settings? – What kind of information
is being shared. So, I’ll give you an example. You use an app, and the app says “Hey, “for convenience sake, would you like me “to synchronize your contacts, “so that we can find who
else is using this app, “which friends or family? “Or do you want me to figure out “what your current location is, “so that I can go and zero in on “some services around you?” You’re actually giving them access to all of that information, to the company who’s requested, or the app. That’s what the concern is of the EU, is, then what happens? And that’s the whole, you
know, Cambridge Analytica– – I see, I see. So where are we going with this? What’s the future for this? – I think the future is
that people need to be more aware of what kind of
data is being shared online. Companies need to be
careful that they’re taking precautions to secure it, and essentially we’re trying to create a safer world. Which is kind of funny,
because Mark Zuckerberg, right from the beginning has said, “Most things are going
to be public eventually, there’s no such thing as privacy online.” And we’re starting to feel those effects but the EU is really trying to clamp down with this GDPR. – Just a quick question
before we sign off here. You bring up Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook and that kind of thing. And quite often, when we go to sign on, or start up with a particular app, instead of going through the process of registering, it says “Would you like to sign on with Facebook,
which is the easiest thing to do ’cause you just click
on something and away you go, is it a wise thing to do? – It’s okay if you don’t want to remember all the different logins
but you are giving access to that app to
some of your Facebook information, which could include a list of your friends or your contacts
or whatever it might be. – [Mike] So as long as
you’re aware of that, then it’s an okay thing. – If you’re aware of that. We do a lot of things in
the name of convenience, and really don’t care
about the security aspect. It’s kind of an afterthought. (laughs) – [Mike] Right. Thanks Dave. You can follow David
on Twitter or check out his blog. There it is, his blog is davidpapp.com, his Twitter handle is simply @DavidPapp. Stay with us, we’re back after the break.

Danny Hutson

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