GDPR, One Year On: 42% of US News Sites Block Visitors From EU

May 25 23:50 2019 Print This Article

We tested over 500 US news sites and found that, a year on from the introduction of the GDPR, over half block access from users in Europe entirely or offer reduced content

Tested: Over 500 US news sites from across the spectrum, from tiny town papers to national and global brands
42% fail to allow users in Europe any access one year after GDPR’s introduction
9% offer users in Europe an inferior service
Highlights: The Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and New York Daily News all inaccessible from Europe
When the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced one year ago, many US news sites opted to block all traffic coming from the EU until they could develop a solution. However, one year on, this is becoming the permanent state of affairs.

We tested over 500 US news sites to find out which comply with the GDPR, and found that 42% do not allow users from inside the EU to access content, while 9% offer those in the EU a web experience with less content than US users.

Access to basic US news from Europe varies widely by state. For example, 90% of the sites examined in Nebraska are not accessible to users in Europe without a VPN, while 80% of news sites based in California and Nevada remain accessible and GDPR-compliant.

This means that US expats looking to keep up with news from their hometown are being prevented from staying aware of events impacting their family. Journalists in Europe looking to keep up to date on regional politics could also be affected, further hampering the free flow of news.

See the 20 biggest news sites currently blocked to EU traffic are listed in the table below or jump to the full state-by-state breakdown.

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