The GDPR, the European Union’s decisive weapon to limit the influence of GAFA?

by bold-lichterman

Its implementation was as much eagerly awaited as it was feared by companies around the world, it is now a reality. Since May 25, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has imposed new rules on all companies that collect and use data to better regulate the flow of private data of European citizens.

In the boxes of the European Commission since 2012, this text represented, beyond its primary meaning, an opportunity for Brussels to put Europe back on the international scene to weigh in against the global giants, the GAFA in the lead, Facebook and Google. being often criticized for their use of the personal data of its users. Indeed, by establishing an arsenal of sanctions in the event of a breach of the regulation, up to a fine of up to 20 million euros or 4% of the company’s global annual turnover, the European Union hopes to weigh more in the global digital landscape. In addition, mistrust of the American digital giants is at its height in a context marked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which earned Mark Zuckerberg a visit to MEPs in Brussels in May.

Taking a close interest in the subject, Mathias Chichportich, lawyer and author of the book Deadly transparency (Albin Michel) with Denis Olivennes, believes that the GDPR is heading in the right direction. Is this text sufficient for all that to calm the ardor of the mastodons that are Google and Facebook? On the occasion of the summit of Napoleons which took place this summer in Arles from July 18 to 21, he gave us his feelings on the GDPR and the European Union’s strategy to regulate GAFA. As a reminder, Brussels imposed a record fine of 4.3 billion euros on Google for abuse of a dominant position with Android.