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US sites continue to block European visitors post-GDPR

July 02, 2018 / Lucia Moses

Major U.S. news sites including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune are still blocking European visitors more than a month after the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation. Chicago Tribune parent Tronc started blocking EU visitors after May 25, when GDPR took effect. The regulation requires businesses to seek site visitors’ consent to collect personal data from them that could be used, in the case of publishers and marketers, for ad targeting. “We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism,” a message on the L.A. Times homepage reads to visitors it detects as being from the EU. Lee Enterprises, The Dallas Morning News, and local news network Patch are also blocking EU visitors.