Lobbying in of itself is not a problem. Isn’t it sorta like free speech? Citizens or companies can present their opinions and ideas to their representatives. The problem is corruption.
That’s why the GDPR is an important issue. Because, in a sense, it feels like regulation on free speech. It is extra rules and regulations for an individual to start a website. Worse, it’s regulations created by a foreign government. The news is all about Russian medaling in the 2016 election… not a peep about the GDPR. Why don’t they go pressure Trump on that? What’s his stance on Net Neutrality? What is he doing to protect businesses from the overreach of the GDPR?
Sure, one could argue – just don’t collect private data, especially on European Citizens. But because the Internet is global, a popular website will naturally collect data on European citizens. It’s unavoidable for any popular website. IP addresses, screen size, operating system – this is basic raw log data, which could be used to identify someone. Does that have implications for website owners?! I’m not sure.
Because of the GDPR, I set my logs to auto delete after a certain amount of time. (I was inspired by DuckDuckGo too.) This is my profession though. I understand what that means. Is a layman going to understand what that means? Someone who’s a great journalist or a great photographer, they may have no understanding on how to run a website in general – not at this level. The European Union is now telling publishers that they need to know this if they want to publish. That adds expense.
It’s why only six corporations control 90% of media in America…
Side note – I’m not saying privacy isn’t an issue. Clearly this is a problem. Here’s what the DuckDuckGo extension says about that link…
As an American, I find this offensive. (There’s a lot to be offended about, so I’ll be clear… I don’t like 13 trackers on a single page, or just six companies controlling 90% of media. But for this paragraph, I don’t like how the GDPR could squish the little guy.) Any barrier to true journalism should not exist. This starts down a dangerous path of regulating the Internet. That’s not a driving force of the Internet. That’s not what made it great. We need more independent publishers and developers, not less.
Here’s an example with another profession. Do you know, to be a licensed electrician in NYC, you need SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS of experience?
In order to obtain a Master or Special Electrician license, you must meet the following qualifications:
Be at least twenty one (21) years old
Be able to read and write the English language
Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Master or Special Electrician
Have at least seven and a half (7.5) years of experience or the equivalent (as indicated below) within the ten (10) years prior to application with a minimum of 10,500 hours or the equivalent (as indicated below) of satisfactory experience in the installation, alteration, and repair of wiring and appliances for electric light, heat, and power in or on buildings or comparable facilities.
One of the reasons I’m able to do what I do today is because there were no such regulations… no certifications… nothing. The only thing that mattered was my ability to do the job. Being an electrician is a tough job, but it shouldn’t need about the same level of education and experience as a doctor. That just seems accessive to me. Seven years?! Really?!
I’m concerned that this is the start of regulation creep. Because running a website is so technical, because the data is so sensitive, are developers going to need government issued licenses to do their job? Can you imagine it – needing a license to publish a website? It sounds a bit insane today, but it could very easily be a reality in a few decades – especially with a glut of web developers.
That’s the problem I have with this. My business is not in the European Union. It’s in NYC. My website is hosted in New York State. How can these regulations apply? Do they apply?
In a sense, if it’s a small business in the United States, isn’t it like the EU citizen is visiting another country?
This is true. The GDPR did have a slow rollout. Heh, but it seems lots of website owners are just learning about this issue – many are not prepared.
You know, nothing too complicated…
Meanwhile, the regulations are starting to creep in. Plus there are hackers and spammers to contend with. Imagine if you had a parking lot, where you saw someone checking the door handles for unlocked cars. You’d probably call the cops right? Well, that’s not the way the Internet works. Websites are constantly being scanned for vulnerabilities, but the typical response is, “Ignore it kid, you can’t stop them.”
So, update those websites right away or the hackers will get you… whoops, too soon, the bugs got you instead. You do have a dev, test and production environment right, and backups of your backups?!
Most of the people are on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook anyway. Regulations like the GDPR could push more and more people towards the machine… the big corporations that gobble up big data.
Oh wow, Zuck was so so bad… and so many funny memes.
I view the GDPR like I view Apple’s app stores… great as a customer, terrible as a developer.
Sometimes I think I need a career change. I’m not sure what, but Goat Farming is out… https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/4l7kjd/found_a_text_file_at_work_titled_why_should_i/d3lgg0k/