What I’ve Learned From The GDPR

According to Wikipedia: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.[

My guess is that anything government related is probably going to do the opposite of whatever is advertized. So if you were guessing this was a post about me being optimistic about the EU bureacrats actually being able to protect user data, you’re wrong.

But, that’s not what I’ve learned from the GDPR.

I’ve had my current email address for more than a decade. During that time I’ve done a lot of projects and signed up for accounts at different websites. Thanks to the GDPR every one of them is contacting me via email to update me on their terms of service.

What have I learned from the GDPR? Over the last ten years I’ve visited and created accounts at a lot of websites.

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