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Donít Hate EU Internet Regulation Ė Defy It


The European Union has come in for criticism over its repeated attempts to regulate the web. Critics assert that waves of EU legislation are suppressing free expression, impairing the user experience and, most heinously, ďkilling memesĒ. The solution, for those who take this view, would appear to be simple: donít hate on the EU Ė defy them.

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Rules Were Made to Be Broken

The European Union has the power to make internet laws, and itís been exercising that right with gusto of late. When it comes to enforcing them, however, its powers all but evaporate. This is an important distinction to note. A lot of the headlines surrounding the passing of copyright laws Article 11 and 13, and the recent GDPR data protection legislation, are hyperbolic. Thatís not to say there arenít valid concerns to be raised over the implications of these laws, but the media, as well as the webmasters obliged to implement the EUís directives, have missed the point.

Donít Hate EU Internet Regulation Ė Defy ItWhen you try to visit a US website, as a European resident, and are barred from doing so by a notice blaming GDPR, thatís not the EU. Thatís the fault of the webmaster, who has unilaterally decided out of caution, ignorance, or stupidity, to impose a blockade. The EU is not going to come after US websites that fail to display GDPR notices Ė it has no authority to do so, and no interest in doing so either. The same applies, believe it or not, for websites hosted within the European Union.

If you live in the EU, youíre sure to have bemoaned the absolute state of the internet lately. Visiting any website for the first time calls for blindly clicking to remove the GDPR-based privacy notice concealing the page before you can proceed. Itís annoying once; having to do so dozens of times a day is infuriating. Americans and Asians, free from the excesses of the EU, have no idea how good theyíve got it. Many European regions benefit from super-fast internet, but whatís the point in getting online faster, only to waste time clicking through a panoply of pop-ups?


Stop Caring About What the EU Says

Defiance has always been more effective than protest. Grumbling about the EUís encroachment into your life wonít fix anything Ė openly defying them will. This exhortation applies to website operators in particular. Webmasters: take down your pop-ups. Conceal your GDPR notices in the Terms of Use page, where nobody goes. Ignore unjustified Article 13 takedown requests. Get on with doing what you were doing before the EU decided to become internet world police.

You wonít have been assailed by a privacy pop-up upon visiting news.Bitcoin.com because we donít believe in molly-coddling our readers. We believe in Bitcoin, and the principles it stands for: empowerment, self-determinism, free will, and resisting overreaching government dictates. Kowtowing to authorities seeking to tell you what you can do with your internet money and internet platforms is a recipe for more laws and less freedom. Webmasters and web users: unite, keep calm and defy the EU. Itís your internet. Donít let anyone tell you what to do.


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