Major United States News Sites are blocked in EU Countries


Significant United States news sites that include Los Angeles Times and the New York Times have remained unavailable to all the European readers. This transpired after the data protection laws were implemented. The news sites went black in the whole of Europe after the General Protection Regulation law was enforced on the 25th of May. The General Data Protection Regulation gives the European Union citizens freedom and rights on how information is to be used. According to reports, there was a statement that was displayed on the blocked websites that revealed publishers commitment to look for options to permit European Union countries to access information.

All news sites that are located within the Lee enterprises and the Tronc media publishing group have been affected. Some of the Tronc’s high profile news sites include the Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun. Troc recently sold the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times to a billionaire by the name Patrick Soon-Shiong. Troc’s websites still carry a similar text that the site did a month ago. The text read that it was unfortunate that their website was presently unavailable in some of the European nations. The company was engaged on the matter, and it was fully committed to seeing the other options that would support the full range of digital offerings to the European Union market. The websites that are owned by the Lee enterprise publishing were also blocked.

The organization that operates the 46 daily newspapers across the twenty-one states had initially reported to all their readers that its sites were temporarily unavailable. Currently, all the websites In the European Union countries, readers are greeted with websites that contain a message on the display that reads the access to the site is temporarily unavailable due to legal reasons. Under the newly implemented law, all organization’s that are working in the European Countries or offer services to the people within the European Union countries should prove that they have a legitimate basis that will allow them to process data or else they will face hefty fines.

According to reports, there are six lawful bases for using private data inclusive of obtaining express accord from the consumers. However, most times the organizations will be asked to present a reason or need as to why they want to gather private data and for what specific purpose. Among the first organizations that agreed to these terms were the New York Times and the Washington Post.


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