A private online diary entry
"rant" with the title
Totally Private Diary Entry
by myself for myself in case I browse from outside of the
European Union, otherwise not - just to be
safe... : (
I have taken all my public websites offline because of the GDPR,
and I would wish that those responsible for it would have
experienced what it really means for a webmaster - instead of
relying on their lawyers and employees to fulfill the task of
creating compliance for them. It is quite sad, that one of those
responsible for it actually still siwtched of the comment
functions on his public website - perhaps somewhat afraid of the
monster he helped to create.
As good and important as privacy protection is, as impractical
it has become. It is unbelievable that, instead of making it
easy, the GDPR forces webmasters to dull readers with even more
words which they will not read anyway, and which they will stop
reading now altogether, as on many websites the amounts of words
may have doubled. Together with the ePrivacy Regulation (once
that comes into force) it will force them to install strange
"cookie consent solutions". Webmasters or bloggers who barely
know how to set up a blog or create html-pages will have
difficulties to implement these in a legally really compliant
way - I believe that 70 % or more of websites will currently be
illegal, with the regulation developed and in force, it might be
This also means that data protection agencies will now be able
to drive simple people into financial ruin (the larger companies
having funds enough to pay their fines) with exorbitant penalty
fees. But maybe one should believe in that they will really
consider each and every case instead of acting out of their new
powers with full force. Maybe. (Do you believe that? Really?)
Even worse, in Germany, because of the legal institute of
"Abmahnungen", not only the governments can ruin
self-emploed-webmasters and smaller companies, their competitors
also can - or just lawyers claiming to work for them... And even
consumer protection organisations... Those authorities which
once where on the side of the people now have become their
potential opponents, and, in the worst case, enemies.
The result? People switching off their blogs, their websites,
and the larger media agencies gaining even more power in the
information market... Should one congratulate the politicians as
to this result? I think not.
So: Eill my websites be online again in the future? No idea.
"Ask your EU representative, what else they will conceive... "
was something I wanted to write, but if I write that without
as obviously my website would be a public and not private one.
But this is private...
Will they be online again? I do not know.
(Updated August 2018)