Instapaper is back in the EU following temporary GDPR shutdown

The company also reintroduced its paid service.

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Swapna Krishna
August 7th, 2018
In this article: eu, gdpr, gear, instapaper, internet

Back in May, Instapaper temporarily shut down operations in the EU because it was not compliant with GDPR. Today, the company announced that it is once again operational for users in the EU. Those who are curious about the changes made can see different versions of Instapaper's privacy policy over at Github.

GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, is a European law that regulates how companies must protect personal data. It applies to all EU citizens. Instapaper, which was formerly owned by Pinterest, had to spend time revamping its privacy policy to be compliant with the law.

As an apology for the downtime, Instapaper is offering six months of its newly relaunched premium service to EU users for free. The service, called Instapaper Premium, is $3 per month or $30 per year. It includes full-text search, unlimited notes, text-to-speech, speed reading, removal of ads and a "Send to Kindle" feature. The goal is to generate enough revenue to cover Instapaper's costs.

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