Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
#1
Old 05-17-2018, 08:16 AM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: DC area
Posts: 30,194
What is the benefit to being honest about my country of residence? (New data laws)

For years, I've gotten Gallup polling and other information delivered to my email. A couple of weeks ago, and again today, I've gotten this message:
Quote:
Hello,

You've checked the box to get our best insights and advice sent straight to your inbox.

First, we need you to update one piece of information so we can send the communication you requested.

Please let us know the country in which you reside:
Select Your Country

Why are we asking for this information? On May 25, 2018, a new European Union (EU) data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), takes effect. The GDPR gives individuals in the EU more control over how their data is used and places specific requirements on businesses like Gallup to comply.

To meet the terms of the new regulation, we need your updated country of residence by May 25, 2018, even if you're not in the EU.

We value your interest in our analytics and advice, and we hope to stay in touch.
I read this and think that if I claim to be in France, my data is more protected than if I admit to being in Maryland. What benefit is there to being honest?
#2
Old 05-17-2018, 08:44 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: The Big Smoke
Posts: 3,947
Quote:
Originally Posted by wonky View Post
For years, I've gotten Gallup polling and other information delivered to my email. A couple of weeks ago, and again today, I've gotten this message:


I read this and think that if I claim to be in France, my data is more protected than if I admit to being in Maryland. What benefit is there to being honest?
I guess it depends on whether they ever use location to tailor the information they send you?

How do you feel about emails in French?
#3
Old 05-17-2018, 09:36 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: St. Louis, MO 50mi. West
Posts: 4,645
Or Arabic, Basque etc.
__________________
GaryM
#4
Old 05-17-2018, 05:31 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Worcestershire UK
Posts: 5,838
The protection concerned is the whole business of passing your Personal data to other related (but possibly several times removed) companies so that they can send you stuff. The EU-wide law, which replaces the UK’s 1984 Data Protection Act, will involve new powers that require firms to get clear consent from users before taking their data and detail the exact purpose it will be used for.

Personal data is any information that could be used to identify an individual online, including names, bank details, posts on Facebook or other social networking sites, images and medical information.

Under the new regulations, users will have the right to know what exact details a company holds about them – as well as requesting the information is deleted if desired. The law will involve new powers that require firms to get clear consent from users before taking their data and detail the exact purpose it will be used for and BIG fines for any business that fails to comply.

https://which.co.uk/consumer-rig...egulation-gdpr

Last edited by bob++; 05-17-2018 at 05:32 PM.
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:35 PM.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: [email protected]

Send comments about this website to:

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: [email protected].

Copyright 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: j'adore commercial hole in underwear nudist period rough mowing congressional record archives british bollocks pissing mens highest roman numeral pa turnpike logo senator owen brewster mens face wax texas womens prisons most carbonated sodas husbands brothers wife hair getting darker alicia witt dune remembering charlie morecraft fuck the dmv invisible chair prop female pallbearers canada commonwealth anal greek dumber than sayings reds drug slang alaska lease secretary spread double action 1911 trigun plant amazon business days the goggles otc claritin alcohol pill good presence how to tell if an outlet is grounded soda and sore throat how to clean spray paint off of concrete how often should you drive your car elmo in grouchland vanessa williams can the mentally ill vote do cats remember other cats german word for glue gorilla glue rubber to metal putting water in a car battery where to buy gumbo file rebuilt ford ranger transmissions my ears are plugged and ringing automatic transmission with manual shift monitor flickers on startup cat wont stop peeing is a dui a traffic violation how much to replace heater core saturday night live flight attendant buh bye far side cartoons index fuck you and the mustache you rode in on jamie lee curtis androgen insensitivity syndrome ais can a cockroach survive in a microwave when does fedex require a signature odd shaped picture frames united states outlying islands get doctor prescribe oxycontin does walgreens refill printer ink cartridges white powdery stuff under toenail catherine zeta jones speaking welsh can you vote if you turn 18 after election day ceaae coin copy value most powerful being in star trek test drive cars for fun over easy eggs in spanish