There's a meme for every occasion and the GDPR is no different.
The long and short of it is that GDPR, which officially goes into effect right now, establishes a new change of laws and regulations dictating how companies in the EU collect and use information and treat user privacy. It also gives those customers greater control over their data on the net. Readers in Europe realizing they can no longer see news sites like The Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.)
That’s good! Privacy is a big deal! However, as companies make techniques to comply with the latest standards, they likewise have to make their users aware about the changes, which has resulted in users receiving version after version of the same message over and over.
Let's commemorate this new meme, and the fact that people are actually having a good time on the internet for a short time. Enjoy.
The world wide web being what it is, many folks responded to those messages and outages with humor and/or outsized outrage. It really is, obviously, only suitable that this could happen. For an accepted place that evolves quickly, the internet seems to love the status quo, and any changes to it do not go unnoticed. And honestly, considering the often horrific firehose of data and discussion very often spews out of the internet, a little ribbing at the expense for the EU and their robust and thoughtful information privacy policies seems almost quaint.
In the long, obtuse history of Things That Became Memes, there are some obvious ones—Nyan Cat, say, or maybe Doge—and some less apparent ones. (Could anyone have seen "covfefe" coming?) Today’s entry falls squarely in the second category. In the last few days, as the EU is ramping up to roll down the European General Data Protection Regulation—referred to endearlingly by the acronym GDPR—folks online have been both reeling and ready. Reeling through the scads of messages they’ve been getting about adjustments to ways businesses that operate in the EU handle their data, and ready with snarky responses to the rollout.