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In the UK, you can't go online and read the LA Times, - Chicago Tribune, or NY Daily News.

Posted: Dec 4th, 2018 - 1:44 am In Reply to: Amazing.. and coming the US soon. You can't complain - about having your country

other websites, too.

They are inaccessible to most of the 500 million people living inside the European Union. The reason is because they do not yet comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (gdpr), which came into effect last May. Created and approved by the European Parliament and Council, the gdpr regulates how companies handle the personal data of EU citizens. Any business that does not conform to these EU regulations can receive massive penalties. Some websites, like the LA Times, re choosing to abandon the EU market.

This is a regulatory tactic to colonize the Internet. “Europe wants to conquer the world all over again,” wrote Mark Scott and Laurens Cerulus at Politico earlier this year. “Only this time, its killer app isn’t steel or gunpowder. [The gdpr is] an EU legal juggernaut aimed at imposing ever tougher privacy rules on governments and companies from San Francisco to Seoul” He said.

Using the gdpr, the EU has invaded every home, government and corporation on Earth that uses the Internet. Across the planet, governments and corporations have had to invest millions of dollars and countless manhours to figure out how to respond to and comply with the gdpr. More than 500 million people live inside the EU; they are relatively wealthy, and more than 85 percent of them have access to the Internet. For many governments, businesses and other organizations, ignoring the European market isn’t an option. On the other hand, foreign companies cannot simply ignore gdpr. Failing to comply with the regulations could garner a fine of up to €20 million (us$22.7 million) or 4 percent of annual global turnover.

In the end, if a government or corporation wants to do business with the European Union, it has only one option: surrender.

The gdpr is not the EU’s only regulatory weapon. In January, the European Parliament is expected to formalize the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This new law, approved by the Parliament in September, is an extension of the EU’s existing copyright laws, updated to work in today’s world of rapidly evolving digital technologies.

This new EU law is terrifying U.S. technology companies, especially Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Many consider it to be an attempt not only to curb the power of America’s big technology companies, but to literally take over the Internet. YouTube ceo Susan Wojcicki said recently that it “poses a threat to both your livelihood and your ability to share your voice with the world.” This month, YouTube rolled out a global campaign seeking to educate people on the alarming consequences of the EU’s copyright directive.

There are also many questions about the administration and policing of the EU’s new regulations. At the end of the day, the EU bureaucrats are the ones who will interpret and enforce the law. This gives them incredible power and influence over U.S. tech firms, and over the entire Internet.

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