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Will Europe's new web privacy rules also bring global standards of trust?

European regulators were once dismissed as pesky, procedural, and preoccupied with privacy. But as their new data protection regulation, considered among the toughest in the world, goes into effect today, their perspective could become the de facto global standard.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) establishes a range of new rules for how companies handle the personal data of customers in the EU. But, as the flurry of privacy updates filling up American email inboxes illustrates, it is already changing the way that companies outside the 28-nation bloc are doing business with customers, wherever they might be located.

Critics of the

Your data, your rightsA ‘flexing of state power’A two-tiered system?

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