Major US news sites struggle to adapt to GDPR rules

Major US news sites struggle to adapt to GDPR rules

Some US news websites have become inaccessible from most European countries following the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Newspapers owned by Tronc Inc. — including the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun and Sun-Sentinel — are now showing a holding page to visitors from EU countries.

It reads: “Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.”

A similar message is being displayed by newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises, which owns primarily US local newspapers.

Neither company have set out a timescale for bringing their businesses in line with the EU’s new requirements, which took effect on 25 May.

Meanwhile, other US news publishers have made GDPR-compliant versions of their websites available. USA TODAY has launched an “EU Experience” which has no tracking code, while NPR has offered EU users access to a completely plaintext version of their website.

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