GDPR: great law, except for those who use technology (JS blockers, tracking protection, etc etc) to fight other technology (cookies, trackers, etc etc). Welcomed by the general public, but for content publishers it is a royal pain in the ass. Because did the EU provide non-legalese explanations as to how to become compliant? Of course they didn't. Why would they? But of course lawyers jumped on it like it's the best thing in the world. "GDPR-experts".

Now, article 11 and 13 again. Copyright law taken to ridiculous levels, impossible to implement, except for maybe Google, Microsoft and Facebook. Anyone else? Of course not. Again, a lot of money has to be involved with it. Does anyone want this thing? Of course not. And why the fuck is this still a thing even?! Did direct lobbying to the EU Parliament members a few months ago not teach them anything?! Senile pieces of shit. Should those old fucks really be able to decide about the future of the internet?

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    Honestly, I would have the EU problems right now than the US problems and politicians.
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    Sometimes it makes you wonder if these GDPR laws target specifically those companies you mentioned to fill the EU coffers.
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    @rsync I'd prefer the EU any day here as well. Looking at the US political system (I guess that I'm walking on thin ice here, as politics is prohibited to talk about here.. but bear with me), I can't help but think that it's a complete clusterfuck. The EU is a tangled spaghetti mess too with all its exceptions (*), but at least it's less of a mess.

    As for GDPR, you'd think it does, right? But take a company like PayPal that's clearly violating GDPR by not providing the right of deletion (which I explicitly requested on both my blocked accounts there but was denied), are they facing any repercussions? Of course not, their ToS has them covered.
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    @Condor ToS doesnt go over the fact that they have to follow the law.

    But PayPal is a bank and a bank also has to keep data for x years. That goes above the GDPR right to be forgotten.

    But some parts can be deleted and should be if you request it. If they dont do that you can file a complaint by the privacy guarddog of your country.
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    What I don't understand if GDPR applies to not just internet in Europe shouldn't you just apply to erase your criminal record? your work history at every company you have ever worked at? your tax history?

    The entire law is stupid is my opinion and it always has been. Just a money grab by EU because they can't tax their citizens much more.
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    @rsync Other laws (e.g. laws to store the criminal history, tax data, photography used as evidence) still do apply. The same does apply for banks that have to store transaction data (other EU law). Police and secret agencies are excluded from the GPDR, too.

    I'm not sure what you mean with work history, but you can request a former employer to delete your data from their records - but they may have to store a "proof" you worked there for tax checks (e.g. in Germany all tax relevant data - contracts, bills, receipts - have to be kept for 10 year).

    The GPDR has a few basics (with exceptions):

    - Personal data may be stored with if the customer accepts (and is informed and not forced) - customer can revoke at any time

    - If legitimate interest exists (e.g. logging IPs for security purposes) - customer can usually opt-out and request deletion if possible

    - If required for a contract (e.g. an ISP has to store your IP-address)

    - If other laws apply (see above)
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    @rsync Asumption is the mother of all fuckups. You made the assumption you know something about GDPR, but you clearly dont.
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