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Dammit, EU…!

Every day, multiple times a day, the typical resident of the EU bumps into an EU reg, and it is never — IT IS NEVER — a good thing.

The General Data Protection Regulation came into force almost a year ago. This is the one where the mediocrities in Brussels thought to themselves, “wouldn’t it be nifty if we protected the privacy of our citizens?”

The result was a shit-ton of pointless new regulations. Every organization in the EU (including little ones like the historic society I work for) had to elect an Information Officer (that’s me!), pay a registration fee to the government (tax had to come into this somehow, yes?) and develop dozens of make-work policies and procedures to deal with the fact our members voluntarily gave us their mailing addresses when they signed on.

Naturally, this does nothing to curb serious information breaches by the usual suspects — banks, government agencies, social media and the like — but eats up the scarce resources of little orgs with pointless hamster-wheel exercises.

You can bet Brexiteers are people who have to deal with this shit, and Remainers have people who do it for them.

Oh, and then there’s this ^^^. About once a day, surfing the web, I run across a website from outside the EU that thought to itself, “fuck it — I can’t be bothered to comply with some overseas regulation I don’t understand. I’ll just block the whole continent!” Probably forever.

Thanks, faceless bureaucrats!


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: January 9, 2019, 11:46 pm

I think the ‘accept cookies’ thing is because of them as well…every damn web page I go to asks me if I accept cookies by pushing a button…idiotic.

Hopefully the Yellow Vest guys burn it all to the ground.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 10, 2019, 12:02 am

VPN is your friend. You can make it look as though you were browsing from virtually (!) anywhere.

Bureaucrats and unelected politicians are all vermin.

Edit: and elected politicians are 98% vermin.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: January 10, 2019, 3:28 am

first a post on raising cockroaches.
Then one on Eu Bureaucrats.

Coincidence is a wonderful coincidence.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 10, 2019, 8:25 am

Yes, the cookies thing is because of them, too, Quasi. I wasn’t sure if you were getting it outside the EU, but it makes sense that it would be easier to make everybody click.

Everywhere you go, all day long, every website now takes an extra click. That’s how many billions of tiny inconveniences per day? And for what?

Comment from The Dime in Rococo’s Pocket
Time: January 10, 2019, 11:52 am

Epic Privacy Browser – built in VPN, change locations with one click, built in ad blockers and what not, based off Chrome.

No, I don’t have any financial or other interest other than it works.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: January 10, 2019, 3:58 pm

Weasy – it’s all done to make you feel more safe and secure while “they” are frisking you.
Think of it as the internet version of America’s TSA.

And ‘everybody’ for the same reason everybody in the US gets to enjoy Californian insanity when they don’t live in California. The gorilla is big enough that companies adjust to adhere to the gorilla’s rules even if the customer and product aren’t sold or used in the gorilla cage.

Cynical? Moi?

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