US news sites remain blocked in Europe

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Major American news sites, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News, remain unavailable to readers in the EU, a month after new data protection rules were implemented.

Following the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law enforcement on May 25, American websites went dark throughout the EU.

A statement on the blocked websites says the publishers are “committed to looking at options” to allow EU access.

The Tronc and Lee Enterprises media publishing groups have demonstrated the affects stemming from the GDPR enforcement in a series of statements.

Tronc’s high-profile sites include the Chicago Tribune, the Orlando Sentinel and the Baltimore Sun.

The company recently sold the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune to billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. Its websites carry the same message they did one month ago, stating, “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.”

The company, which runs 46 daily newspapers across 21 states, originally said its sites were “temporarily unavailable”. However, browsers in the EU are now greeted with a message informing them that access is “unavailable due to legal reasons”.

Under GDPR, companies working in the EU, or providing a service to people within the EU, must show they have a lawful basis for processing personal data, or face substantial fines.