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How are GDPR fines actually enforced for US companies with no physical presence in the EU?

Your assumption of a US-EU treaty to enforce fines seems like it is one of two intended enforcement methods, the other being the required establishment of representatives to ensure non-EU entities ...
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How are GDPR fines actually enforced for US companies with no physical presence in the EU?

To complement Giter's excellent answer, procedures to collect internationally already exist through the typical judicial channels. In a nutshell, the judge issuing the fine in the EU would forward the ...
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Why does regulation and legislation on technology take so long to pass?

In the best scenario, a government won't regulate an industry until there is a clear and distinct problem that requires regulation. First, a demonstrable public ill related to the activities of the ...
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Why doesn't the EU encourage anonymity rather than creating rules about handling personal data?

The problem is not that we're forced to provide our private data. We want to provide it, but expect the sites to handle it responsibly. Let's take the simple example of ordering a pizza online. You ...
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Why doesn't the EU encourage anonymity rather than creating rules about handling personal data?

In a nutshell because "the EU" simply doesn't want more "hard" anonymity. In particular, they surely don't seem to want more financial anonymity, which is a large part of what you propose. Witness the ...
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Why doesn't the EU encourage anonymity rather than creating rules about handling personal data?

The problem with this approach is that you're severely underestimating how hard it is to stay anonymous. Think of your identity as a graph, with your aliases being the nodes and common data between ...
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Why did the EU give stronger "protections" to minors in the GDPR, considering that COPPA has had the effect of restricting those it tries to protect?

The various EU members have slightly different national laws. Looking at germany, you will find different age limits for buying a donut, a beer, or a vodka, for buying something with immediate ...
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How does GDPR affect raising signatures to be able to be a candidate party for an election?

GDPR shouldn't affect raising signatures for political purposes much, if at all. Signatures and other personal/identifying data can be collected and processed if it is to fulfill a public task (such ...
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How are GDPR fines actually enforced for US companies with no physical presence in the EU?

I believe that, at least in the UK, the relevant authority could get a court order which names the senior management in the company as being personally responsible. If the company fails to comply then ...
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Why doesn't the EU encourage anonymity rather than creating rules about handling personal data?

In addition to the other answers: There is a general trend to suppress "hate speech" and "fake news" in the EU. You cannot control the flow of messages if you do not know who sent them or at least ...
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How are GDPR fines actually enforced for US companies with no physical presence in the EU?

Enforcement of EU fines issued under GDPR would be by the use of international law - essentially the US courts would recognize the legitimacy of the EU fine and enforce it (this may require a ...
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What is the total estimated cost of complying with GDPR?

I couldn't find any estimates made by the EU but Financial Times estimates that Fortune 500 companies alone will spend $7.8bn on compliance efforts. However, according to some surveys, EU companies ...
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