occasionally, clicking through yet another half-arsed GDPR-mandated cookie management screen, i find myself thinking "the GDPR has buggered up the web"

then i catch myself.

no, it hasn't. the way companies have opted to respond to the GDPR is what's buggered up the web. they could have been nice and unobtrusive about it, but no, they decided that *every user in the EU* should suffer their protests at not being able to stow thousands of fragments of random shite on a whim all over their vict- sorry, users' computers.

@thamesynne I don't fully agree. While the idea behind the law is good, even experts have no idea how to comply with a great deal of it. If the pundits talking about it actually knew how to comply, they could make a lot more money as lawyers, because the lawyers sure don't.

@freakazoid @thamesynne It's not difficult to comply with the GDPR if you're not doing sketchy shit. If you make money off of targeted advertising and user profiling, yeah, it becomes tricky to figure out how to comply. But I don't think you can really blame the GDPR for that!

@varx @thamesynne @freakazoid One might even go so far as to wonder if the intention of the law was to drive those assholes out of business

@bamfic @varx @thamesynne That is the purpose of government, right? Let whoever holds the reins of power put anyone they don't like out of business?

@freakazoid @thamesynne @varx Indeed. And if the people hold the power we can put the malicious actors out of business.

@bamfic @varx @thamesynne Which is why the bad actors always ensure they're the ones with the power.

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