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Businesses aren't ready for the General Data Protection Regulations in the EU
GDPR laws have finally been rolled out in the EU, including requirements to notify regulators about data breaches within 72 hours and transparency for users about what data is being collected and why. Previously companies were known to collect unnecessary data from users because they could find uses for it in the future.
These processes will no longer be allowed in the EU, with companies slowly complying with the regulations — if you've been getting numerous emails mentioning GDPR, this is why — but they are doing so at an unacceptably slow rate.
In his meeting with the European Parliament, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company would be compliant by the deadline, but many other companies aren't. In a survey of 1,000 companies, half said they won't be ready by the deadline and as such and businesses in Canada are just discovering now that they might be covered under the laws too, risking a fine of $30 million if they fail to comply.
In April, an official from the Department of Health and Human Services told members of Congress that the government agency had lost track of 1,500 migrant children placed with sponsors in the US, raising concerns they could be endangered.
The children, originally from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, were running from drug cartels, gangs and abuse. The Office of Refugee Resettlement tried to contact 7,635 children and their respective sponsors, and was unable to determine the location of 1,475 of them, Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary from the agency's Administration for Children and Families, said.
These details are emerging as Congress looks to add more safeguards to make sure children showing up at the border are placed with relatives and not human traffickers.
Number of the week
Car2Go, a car-sharing company with 80,000 users in Toronto, is shutting down in the city on May 31, it announced in a press release. The company is blaming city hall for being too restrictive in its new car-sharing pilot program and wanted its fleet of 350 vehicles to be parked in residential areas.
The service first launched with vehicles parking in Green P lots, but then the company instructed customers to park in any legal space, angering some residents in neighbourhoods where parking is scarce. New rules will make 10,000 spaces off-limits to the company's 80,000 users in the city.
Mayor John Tory released a statement on the matter following the announcement.
However, several council members have voiced outrage at the company which collected $42,595 fines in 2017 totalling $1.1 million. The company has only payed the city approximately one-third of the money it owes.
The company is so angered because the city is trying to introduce a new $1,500 parking fee to help cover the cost of maintaining parking for these vehicles, which would work out to only $6 for each user per year. Car2Go seems to think that it is so valuable to the city that it should be exempt from paying any fees.
In case you missed it
- According to a new study, 46.9 percent of Toronto renters are spending 30 percent or more of their income on rent each month, which is a benchmark used to determine whether housing is affordable or not. Just last year the average rent for a one-bedroom condo was $1,800 and a one-bedroom apartment was $1,200, and the amount of affordable housing is continuing to shrink in the city.
- John Tory claimed the Liberals wouldn't endorse a light-rail line to Scarborough instead of a highly controversial one-stop subway, but internal emails show otherwise. The province had agreed to fully fund the LRT line before it was scrapped by Rob Ford in 2013, but still agreed to reallocate the money to the subway, which has been hailed by Metrolinx as "not a worthwhile use of money" and is rising rapidly in price. The subway extension will make commutes longer for most people and the actual cost will not be available until after the next mayoral election.
- Roseanne Barr, star of ABC's Roseanne, compared Obama adviser Valarie Jarret to an ape on Twitter the other day, then attempted to haphazardly cover her own ass and apologize for the "joke" that "was in bad taste. Then, she vowed to leave Twitter, but not before her show was cancelled. This follows the departure of Wanda Sykes, the producer of the show.
- StumbleUpon will shut down on June 30, after more than 16 years in business. Though the service will shut down, user accounts will be transitioned to Mix, a curation platform that incorporates your social media presence. Garrett Camp said he learned through SU that it's important to have filters for the expanding amount of web content. While Mix recommends things from based on what your friends recommend, while SU was more of a wacky game of roulette, with users never knowing what they would find.