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It goes without saying sometimes, but we live in interesting times.The explosion of Big Data and its integration with nearly every aspect of our lives has meant that very little information is private anymore. Everything we do online, from web browsing to hailing a ride, is tracked and recorded in vast searchable databases for use by, well, someone. Many high-profile scandals around the world involving the mishandling of users’ personal data has cast somewhat of a negative on the part of large data firms like Facebook and even Uber. Every time you hail a ride, get picked up, and get dropped off, Uber keeps a record of those locations. Are they keeping those location data as protected as possible?
To help protect these sensitive data in light of recent controversies, the European Union recently passed the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a comprehensive law which protects the data and privacy of all individuals within the EU. Since companies like Uber operate in the EU, they have had to update their privacy policies in accordance with GDPR. Even if you live in the U.S., those updates apply to you.