Chicago Times, New York Daily News and LA Times laid low in Europe by GDPR

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Readers attempting to log onto the websites of a number of US-based publications are being thwarted this morning, with many presented instead with an error message as engineers scrabbled to find a way to make their platforms GDPR-compliant.

Caught seemingly unaware of the much-heralded implementation of tougher data protection rules the Chicago Times, New York Daily News and LA Times were among a number of US-based titles to be left floundering.

European LA Times readers are being presented with a terse confession reading: “Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.”

New York Daily News publisher Tronc, which also produces websites for the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun, is also experiencing embarrassing downtime across the continent with no indication as to when services may resume.

It said: “Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.”

Nor are these the only victims with Lee Enterprises, publisher of 46 daily newspapers, also caught napping as GDPR finally takes effect.

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