First, it was your inbox. Next, your home. Thank you, GDPR.
When you sign up for new web services, you now have to click on tick boxes so you give your consent.
Wait, what is GDPR again?
Okay, so GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It’s a law which protects the right of every EU citizen to the privacy and security of their personal data.
Even though the law only protects the EU, businesses who interact with any EU citizen is affected. So, this just means that nearly the entire world is affected, given how easy it is to sell globally.
GDPR is big deal mainly because of its huge fines: 4% of global turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater.
Aside from affecting the way businesses collect user information, GDPR has been affecting smart homes lately.
GDPR, look what you made smart home devices do
Yeelight users can’t use their smart lights.
Just letting you know you can't use your lights anymore because we're slathering your data around and GDPR is here.
good luck! bye! pic.twitter.com/3ZI2WkqPAI
— Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) May 24, 2018
waking up to my fridge GPDRing me pic.twitter.com/H4UXOl7WxB
— Eugene Zaikonnikov ❄ (@varjag) May 21, 2018
You also have to deal with Privacy stuff before you can watch your favorite TV show in peace.
Bloody hell GDPR is in my TV now pic.twitter.com/Q9vAQ0Lepz
— ⚡️ Owen (@ow) May 30, 2018
GDPR and Smart homes, In the future
When you think about it, GDPR is not too bad.
Hopefully, it will also completely eliminate the power of strangers getting control of your smart home. A couple of webcam hackings were reported over the years and it’s creepy.
Most likely, the use of smart home devices won’t be greatly affected. Businesses, like humans, will always find a way to evolve and adapt. And GDPR is just another change that needs to be overcome.