Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2018 20:23 UTC
Legal

This article is terrible, and clearly chooses sides with advertisers and data harvesters over users - not surprising, coming from Bloomberg.

For some of America's biggest newspapers and online services, it's easier to block half a billion people from accessing your product than comply with Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation.

The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Daily News are just some telling visitors that, "Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries."

With about 500 million people living in the European Union, that's a hard ban on one-and-a-half times the population of the U.S.

Blanket blocking EU internet connections - which will include any U.S. citizens visiting Europe - isn't limited to newspapers. Popular read-it-later service Instapaper says on its website that it's "temporarily unavailable for residents in Europe as we continue to make changes in light of the General Data Protection Regulation."

Whenever a site blocks EU users, you can safely assume they got caught with their hands in the user data cookie jar. Some of these sites have dozens and dozens of trackers from dozens of different advertisement companies, so the real issue here is even these sites themselves simply have no clue to whom they're shipping off your data - hence making it impossible to comply with the GDPR in the first place.

The GDPR is not only already forcing companies to give insight into the data they collect on you - it's also highlighting those that simply don't care about your privacy. It's amazing how well GDPR is working, and it's only been in effect for one day.

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RE[5]: Reality Check
by daveak on Mon 28th May 2018 11:31 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Reality Check"
daveak
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I'll bow out here, the law in your country is obviously completely different to here with all your talk of private investigators, which doesn't fit with the GDPR at all.

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RE[6]: Reality Check
by oiaohm on Tue 29th May 2018 04:20 in reply to "RE[5]: Reality Check"
oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

I'll bow out here, the law in your country is obviously completely different to here with all your talk of private investigators, which doesn't fit with the GDPR at all.

This is a mistake.

Private Investigator law starts in UK and is replicate fairly much everywhere.

In the UK you cannot at the moment apply for a individual Private Investigator license. So you have to work for or employee people who automatically get the license that is fully qualified accounts, Lawyers and insurance assessors in the UK. There are many states in the USA in exactly the same boat. But people there make the mistake since registration body does not exist that they can do investigation legally when that is not the case.

The reality here is GDPR is written in the EU where there is Private Investigator law with automatic assignment to particular people and depending on country sometimes ability to register for own license. So when GDPR seams impossible this is because it was design on the presume it would be overridden by Private Investigator laws.

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