- Tested: Over 500 US news sites from across the spectrum, from tiny town papers to national and global brands
- 42% fail to allow users in Europe any access one year after GDPR’s introduction
- 9% offer users in Europe an inferior service
- Highlights: The Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and New York Daily News all inaccessible from Europe
When the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced one year ago, many US news sites opted to block all traffic coming from the EU until they could develop a solution. However, one year on, this is becoming the permanent state of affairs.
We tested over 500 US news sites to find out which comply with the GDPR, and found that 42% do not allow users from inside the EU to access content, while 9% offer those in the EU a web experience with less content than US users.
Access to basic US news from Europe varies widely by state. For example, 90% of the sites examined in Nebraska are not accessible to users in Europe without a VPN, while 80% of news sites based in California and Nevada remain accessible and GDPR-compliant.
This means that US expats looking to keep up with news from their hometown are being prevented from staying aware of events impacting their family. Journalists in Europe looking to keep up to date on regional politics could also be affected, further hampering the free flow of news.
See the 20 biggest news sites currently blocked to EU traffic are listed in the table below or jump to the full state-by-state breakdown.
20 Biggest Blocked US News Sites
|The Chicago Tribune||Illinois||Blocked in EU|
|New York Daily News||New York||Blocked in EU|
|St. Louis Post-Dispatch||New York||Blocked in EU|
|Dallas Morning News||Texas||Blocked in EU|
|KTLA||California||Blocked in EU|
|Newsday||New York||Blocked in EU|
|Baltimore Sun||Maryland||Blocked in EU|
|Seattle Pi||Washington||Blocked in EU|
|Sun Sentinel||Florida||Blocked in EU|
|Salt Lake Tribune||Utah||Blocked in EU|
|Orlando Sentinel||Florida||Blocked in EU|
|Omaha World-Herald||Florida||Blocked in EU|
|WGNTV||Illinois||Blocked in EU|
|KXAN||Texas||Blocked in EU|
|KDVR||Colorado||Blocked in EU|
|Hartford Courant||Connecticut||Blocked in EU|
|Madison.com||Wisconsin||Blocked in EU|
|Richmond Times-Dispatch||Virginia||Blocked in EU|
|Richmond Times-Dispatch||Illinois||Blocked in EU|
|Fox2Now||Missouri||Blocked in EU|
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The state-by-state Access Index is below or you can view the full data set with every publication we tested.
US News Access Index
|State||Blocked in EU||Reduced Content||Available in EU|
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For the purposes of this study, we tested a representative group of ten news sources from each state and 15 national organisations. This group was selected to present a cross-section of news sites in America, based on print circulation and Alexa rankings. You can view the full data set that includes every publication we tested.
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