1. Bob

    There’s NOTHING at stake for companies outside of Europe that don’t do business with anyone in Europe.

    We’re in Canada (and have clients in Canada and the US) and have ZERO plans to implement any of this nonsense. We wouldn’t if we had clients in Europe either. They have ZERO jurisdiction here.


    • Andy

      But it sure would be nice if the U.S. and Canada would respect its’ people’s privacy. Either adopt the regulations (highly doubtful) or create our own.


      • Bob

        We don’t need more regulations thanks…

        This is absolute overkill by a desperate European Union trying to stay relevant. It’s all going away anyways when the rest of the EU splits.

        You might also want to check – Canada has the toughest (and most painfully expensive if you cross the line) SPAM laws on the planet.


    • Jeremy Brown

      This is not nonsense Bob, it’s about protecting individuals. A quote from Heather Burns post on GDPR:

      Shifting political currents – some of which are openly racist, xenophobic, and authoritarian – have put everyday users of online services at real risk. Global geopolitics means that the borders we have always known are changing under our feet. Walls are being built. People are being threatened

      Capitalism doesn’t give a flying f*ck about real people as long as money is made. This is a step in the right direction to balance that out.


  2. Terence

    GDPR? The European Union is becoming notorious for this kind of poorly devised impotent bureaucratic BS and poorly thought out regulation which does nothing to solve a problem, and annoys the bejeebers out of everyone with half a brain, developers, businesses and users alike.


    • Peter Knight

      I do feel that way about the cookie laws and some other initiatives but not with GDPR. What do you propose should be done to strengthen data protections and cut back on businesses storing endless personal data at the expense of users, security and democracy?

      GDPR does appear to increase the burden on storing data, I hope it’s immediate side-effect is that businesses will treat personal data for what it is, not frame it like it as an asset but to treat it like a liability. Every data breach erodes trust and undermines the web, the economy, security, citizens’ power and democracy. And organizations liberally sharing data for corporate and/or political goals are directly and indirectly chipping at society worth living in. So let’s store less personally identifiable data instead.


  3. David

    If those the are critical of GDPR had actually understood what it was about perhaps they would be less critical, it’s all about protecting individuals rights, if you fill in an order form on a website with your personal details, name, address etc, you want to know that a. your details are not going to be easily hacked and b. the website owner is not going to sell your details to other people without your permission, this is the basis for GDPR, now if you are based outside the EU it may be harder to prosecute you for breaking the EU laws but its very easy for the EU to block websites that do not comply.


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