The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law

By Natasha Singer
Originally published in The New York Times on May 27, 2018

The new European data privacy legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations like driverless cars, tech industry groups warn.

The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union called the legislation “overly strict.” The Developers Alliance, a trade group representing Facebook, Google, Intel and dozens of app makers, said it could cost businesses in Europe more than 550 billion euros, or about $640 billion, in annual lost revenue. And DigitalEurope, another tech trade group, said the legislation’s prohibitive approach “seriously underminesthe development of Europe’s digital economy.”

The NYT article is mentioned in The Daily Mail