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.
@freakazoid I do have thoughts on the purpose of government and regulation, but I get the sense you're not actually interested in hearing them right now. :-P
@freakazoid Ah, OK.
Basically, I'm fine with a government passing laws to try to shut down a corporation if the lawmakers think that their *business model* is harmful to civil society. I think that fits perfectly fine with rule of law. Laws generally aren't made until there's a specific instance of a problematic behavior to provoke it; Facebook certainly would serve as an example of that.
@freakazoid If they're targeting a specific corporation for a different reason and come up with an unrelated law as an indirect attack on the company, yeah, that's a rule of law problem.
@varx Right, which is why the requirements for generality and universality are so important. If one can't come up with a law that puts a company you think is bad out of business that is general and universal without also harming a bunch of other companies one thinks aren't bad, it's time to rethink one's ideas about good and bad.
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