I’m going to reply to this once and them I’m done as I don’t want to see this devolve into the madness I know that is possible.
GDPR is not about any kind of protection. Its about the flexing of Bureaucratic muscle and strong-arming companies. People like to think that its helping them and they really like it when they can point the guns of government at people and make them do what they think they should be doing. You can be fooled if you like, but, almost all freedom is taken under the guise of “For Your Protection”, but only ever serves to enrich pockets of those pretended they were protecting you.
I realize that most people are thinking that this is no big deal, they’re just cleaning up these giant corporations, making them behave and giving me a legal ramification if they don’t. That’s so far from the truth. Why do you need legal ramification? Why is it necessary to point guns at people and steal their money if they don’t do what you think they should? If you are unhappy with the way these platforms are using your data then STOP USING THEM! If everybody does that then their profits will suffer and they will learn that people don’t want their information misused. Its a completely non violent solution. Just don’t give your business to them. This also has the added benefit of fostering competition and innovation in the web services space, which directly benefits all of us directly.
GDPR doesn’t hurt the big guys, they are going to keep going and they have the resources to comply with the 800 pages or regulation, and to fight and/or pay for any infractions. This hurts the lean startup, the person with the WordPress blog, and web developers. It takes a rung out of the ladder and makes it harder for you to get a leg up. This means stifled innovation and less competition for the big guys… Truly the big corporations probably love GDPR just for this fact.
This law also hurts the very people its claiming to protect. If you think that the cost of the fines and regulatory compliance won’t be passed on, then you are foolish. They won’t just eat the cost. They’ll pass it on to the consumer, or even better they’ll lower their pay for their top paying jobs like us developers.
You can choose to be blind and ignorant to these truths if you like but it doesn’t change them and it won’t change the fact that this will likely affect you at some point in a negative way.