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I Don't Know What to Think of GDPR 2018/05/25

This whole GDPR thing is getting out of hand. Here's a list of websites that are now blocked in Europe, thanks to GDPR. I guess they are just being overly cautious before the dust settles and things get back to normal.

And already, on day one of GDPR, Facebook and Google are hit with a lawsuit. That was expected, I guess. I'm really interested in seeing what the outcome of all the lawsuits will be and I hope the lawsuits will clarify some of the interpretations of GDPR.

I wish the EU would have provided some concrete, real-world example cases how to handle personal information in different situations. For instance, IP address is considered personal information and you're not allowed to store personal information without user's consent. So what happens to web server log files? All web servers collect and save IP addresses. It seems it's not quite as black and white as that. Here's a great article concerning web server logs and saving IP addresses without the user's consent.

What about the addressbook in my email client? It automatically saves all the names and addresses that I have corresponded with. Is my addressbook a register? Do I need to email everyone and ask for their consent to still exist in my addressbook? I don't know.

Yeah, GDPR is funny.