• 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

Site State Status
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

The top 20 news sites blocked in the EU ranked by traffic

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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
National 7% 0% 93%
Alabama 60% 10% 30%
Alaska 30% 0% 70%
Arizona 60% 10% 30%
Arkansas 30% 0% 70%
California 20% 0% 80%
Colorado 20% 10% 70%
Connecticut 20% 0% 80%
Delaware 10% 10% 80%
Florida 60% 10% 30%
Georgia 60% 0% 40%
Hawaii 10% 0% 90%
Idaho 60% 0% 40%
Illinois 60% 0% 40%
Indiana 50% 40% 10%
Iowa 80% 10% 10%
Kansas 80% 0% 20%
Kentucky 70% 10% 20%
Louisiana 30% 40% 30%
Maine 20% 0% 80%
Maryland 50% 0% 50%
Massachusetts 60% 0% 40%
Michigan 50% 20% 30%
Minnesota 30% 0% 70%
Mississippi 30% 20% 50%
Missouri 70% 10% 20%
Montana 60% 10% 30%
Nebraska 60% 10% 30%
Nevada 0% 10% 90%
New Hampshire 50% 0% 50%
New Jersey 20% 40% 40%
New Mexico 10% 40% 50%
New York 30% 0% 70%
North Carolina 50% 10% 40%
North Dakota 50% 0% 50%
Ohio 50% 10% 40%
Oklahoma 70% 0% 30%
Oregon 50% 10% 40%
Pennsylvania 30% 10% 60%
Rhode Island 20% 0% 80%
South Carolina 20% 10% 70%
South Dakota 60% 10% 30%
Tennessee 20% 30% 50%
Texas 30% 20% 50%
Utah 40% 0% 60%
Vermont 20% 20% 60%
Virginia 90% 0% 10%
Washington 20% 10% 70%
West Virginia 70% 0% 30%
Wisconsin 60% 20% 20%
Wyoming 70% 0% 30%

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Methodology

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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