Some publishers do not even plan to comply with GDPR.
As is well known, the new European Data Protection Regulation, which came into effect about two months ago, applies not only to European companies, but also to all businesses that handle European customer data.
For the majority, it was not clear for a long time, but GDPR could not be even problematic for newsgroups requiring registration, as GDPRs do not necessarily have adequate statistical and advertising services. For this reason, some portals outside Europe have decided to ban European visitors temporarily or “permanently” from their websites after the entry into force of the GDPR.
This seems to be a terrible first, since it is likely to reduce their attendance, but it has now turned out that more than 1,000 newsgroups in the United States are refusing to allow the European, or at least geographic visitors to Europe to browse the content.
About one third of the hundred largest US news sites are among them, for example, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune have banned Europeans.
Another interesting thing is that some major publishers are not in the least concerned with GDPR because they are only a negligible part of their turnover from the Mainland, so IT developments that are required due to compliance or compliance are not worth the goods. For example, Lee Enterprises publishes local news sites in major cities.
Of course, news portals with a significant European visitor base have been eligible for GDPR since the first day: publications such as the Washington Post, the New York Times or CNN can not throw away a lot of readers just because they need annoying regulations to meet them.