Happy Friday, everybody! Hope you’ve got your Memorial Day weekend plans lined up and that you’ll take a moment Monday to remember our fallen veterans. Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching this morning:
GDPR: it’s here!
If you’ve noticed a flood of emails in your inbox from companies updating their privacy policies, you can thank Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, a new privacy law that requires companies, tech or otherwise, to give customers better options for protecting their data and privacy. Some companies have been scrambling to update their terms of service and others have apparently missed the May 25 deadline to comply, including U.S. publisher Tronc and its news websites. Oops! Some activists are saying some of the major tech companies still aren’t doing a good enough job under GDPR. Expect lots more emails over the weekend.
You told them WHAT, Alexa?!
Amazon is getting more bad press over an incident in which a couple’s private conversation was apparently recorded by an Amazon Alexa-enabled speaker and sent it to a random contact. Amazon has explained that this is an extremely rare case of the technology responding to a command to send a message to someone. Some people are warning Echo users to unplug their devices when not using them based on the incident.
How to buy used stuff
An animator uses animation to talk about the joys and frustrations of buying used stuff, including tech items, online. A fun watch:
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