GDPR Will Be Felt in 2019

(The Next Web, 27/12/2018) reports:

For most people, both in the EU and outside, the ‘better control’ only took form in a myriad of annoying consent pop-ups on seemingly every single site they visited. […]

Raegan MacDonald is the Head of EU Public Policy at Mozilla, a company know for its stance on privacy and open internet. For her, GDPR has been a bit of a mixed bag, at least in its first months. […]

“Many companies have updated their privacy policies and created tools to give users more control, such as ways to request that their data be deleted.”

However, MacDonald is disappointed with how superficial this approach has been: “Many companies appear to be interpreting GDPR as narrowly as possible. I’m concerned that privacy is still by default put at risk without users understanding or having meaningful control.” […]

“We haven’t seen the big fines levied just yet. But I suspect that if 2018 is the year of implementation, 2019 will be the year of enforcement.”

She points out that there are nine EU member states that have yet to implement GDPR, and the new regulator — the European Data Protection Board — is still setting up shop, so it’s no wonder things are moving slow for now. […]

It’s great that complaints are being filed to DPAs, but in addition to this MacDonald says there’s a need for more actionable control, users should really feel in charge of their data […]

GDPR’s impact will keep growing in 2019, when the legislation’s full capabilities will be realised.