Instapaper is down in the European Union today. So is the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and several other US-based newspapers.

If you need access to any of these sites right now we recommend using a VPN. This will give you an IP address outside the EU, allowing you to read the article just like before. Here’s how to choose the best VPN for the job.

RELATED: What is the GDPR Privacy Law and Why Should You Care?

But why are these sites down in the first place? Because they failed to update their privacy policies in time for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect today. GDPR is a piece of European Union legislation that requires sites have your express consent before collecting information about you. Sites have had months to update policies, and many of them emailed you in the past few weeks in order to get that consent.

Sites that didn’t make the relevant changes on time are blocking EU users rather than face potential lawsuits. It kind of makes you wonder what kind of data these newspapers are collecting about readers, doesn’t it?

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Justin Pot has been writing about technology for over a decade, with work appearing in Digital Trends, The Next Web, Lifehacker, MakeUseOf, and the Zapier Blog. He also runs the Hillsboro Signal, a volunteer-driven local news outlet he founded.
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