GDPR backlash: The best social media reactions

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By Emma Beswick
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As the inboxes of EU citizens filled up with emails on updated privacy policy, the internet reacted to new data-protection regulation

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Citizens of the 28 European Union member states Friday found themselves blocked from some US news websites and their inboxes were inundated with emails outlining privacy policies.

It was GDP — the General Data Protection Regulation — deadline day and companies scrambled to comply with new EU-wide data protection rules.

After the initial email surge, people across the bloc took to social media to share anecdotes and experiences:

Many users pointed out the sheer volume of emails landing in their inbox.

Tweet reads: When you tell your friends you haven't received any emails asking you to accept new privacy and data protection policies #GDPR

And some illustrated how this was making them feel.

Tweet reads: "Please, STOP."

Sign reads: "Do you accept the privacy terms and conditions?"

One person on Twitter made light of how some companies were driving the data-policy information home.

One user saw the irony of situation...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson made a spoof of the franchise's famous opening credits, which delighted fans.

One person on Twitter found the perfect soundtrack to accompany the GDPR deadline.

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