Now that GDPR is in effect, users can confirm that the EU version of websites run ad-free and are faster than its regular counterparts.
A Notable Improvement
Last month, on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation went into effect. This means that organizations that operate within the EU and those outside but offer services to users within the EU have to abide by its rules.
The majority of publishers need to update their privacy disclaimers to reflect the new changes. This has probably flooded the inbox of several users as companies sent out e-mails to inform their users. So far, experts point out that it gives users more control over their data and what companies can do with it.
Transparency is very important and users can check what information these website publishers collect. Moreover, anyone can submit a request to delete any data about them.
Enhanced Browsing Experience
Seemingly, the GDPR also comes with another advantage for internet users. Web experts highlight one of its benefits, which involve how third-party services gather data from users. As publishers can no longer collect personal data without the user's consent, targeted ads are no longer as effective as before.
Analysts suggest that lesser ads mean lower revenues for publishers, but it also enhances the user experience. Advertisements are the usual culprits that cause web pages to load slower than expected. Therefore, the lack of it will keep readers on the website longer than before. It remains to be seen what will be the long-term effect of the GDPR to publishers as ads are no longer a viable option.
Sources can confirm that websites load a lot faster than before. According to Marcel Freinbilcher, a web developer, the EU version of certain websites shows a dramatic increase in load time. It is apparently possible due to the smaller data requested than normal.
Steps On How To Gain EU Access
Users only need to do a couple of steps to take advantage of the faster browsing speeds offered by the GDPR. To make it seem like the user is located within the EU, a VPN service is a go-to option. Sources suggest the use of the Opera web browser as it comes with a built-in free VPN.
To make web pages load even faster, others suggest the use of privacy extensions. The list includes Extensions such as NoScript, uMatrix, Ublock Origin, and ScriptSafe.
With everything in place, users can ideally enjoy an optimized experience while browsing the web.