Microsoft says it's extending GDPR rights to consumers worldwide

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Apricorn, the leading manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB drives, today announced new research highlighting that companies are massively ill-prepared for this week's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement deadline.

Meanwhile, by no coincidence, Apple is introducing a Data and Privacy website for its users in the European Union just two days before GDPR goes into effect.

The page, available at, requires you to login with your Apple ID and password.

The amount of data Apple has on you is likely quite extensive, as it includes App Store, Apple Music, Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Store and Game Center activity, Apple ID account info, AppleCare support history and fix requests, iCloud Bookmarks, Contacts, Calendars, Notes, Marketing subscriptions et cetera.

Specifically, companies must allow users to obtain a downloadable copy of all of the data a company has stored about them over time.

The complete set of self-service data and privacy tools is now available to customers in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

During the ESO data protection event held on Monday, she discussed the key changes GDPR will bring and the requirements for QFC firms dealing with personal data of individuals who are based in Europe. While EU organisations are subject to GDPR, non-EU organisations that process personal data of EU residents, or provide services to them are also subject to GDPR.

The regulation seeks to expand and update data rules that have been in place since 1995 - long before hacks, security breaches and data leaks became common.

Organizations that fail to comply with GDPR rules face fines of up to Euro 20 million or 4 percent of the annual turnover. To comply with the new law, it has stripped down its site of all features apart from few articles, leaving it looking like it's a website from 1998.

The authority will be able to control private and public companies in Romania, to check whether the GDPR rules are applied and to issue fines if organizations fail to comply with the law.

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