And alas, some of Twitter is just really freaking confused. What is this this message? Why is it following me everywhere I go? These are just a few questions that some people are asking, and I feel all of you on a personal level. I'm sorry you're confused, but all of us going through this right now, just like you.
In case you're one of many who are super confused about these data policy updates, it's a response to a new European law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect on Friday, May 25. It's been labeled as "the toughest online privacy rules in the world" byThe New York Times, and although it's European, it also affects American internet users, as the internet is, in fact, the world wide web. The law is really just transparency-focused, stating that companies need your consent to use private data, and that they can't require you to provide data which isn't necessary for the company to operate. It's nice but doesn't require any action, and honestly, all of the updates are just getting to be overwhelming AF.