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What are your thoughts on regulating internet companies? Specifically things like privacy requirements a la GDPR?


Nice one!

From a political perspective, I come from a liberal mindset. I believe that people are free to choose the tools they want to use and don't want to use. If a person chooses to use a platform which is free-to-use but their business model is collecting data on my platform usage, then I'm totally fine with it as long as I see targeted ads on THEIR platform.

What I am totally against is companies collecting my private data to sell it to third parties so that these third parties can call me on my private phone number (which happens very often in Switzerland).

I believe GDPR is helpful in these cases to protect the individuals. I think it's important to know what's gonna happen with your data.

What are your thoughts on this?


My biggest problem is the lack of consent. And no, I don’t think clicking “I’ve read terms and conditions” is consent. We all know that no one reads that legalese. Most people don’t understand what it is they’re giving away or how it can be used against them.

Also data protection is just a nightmare, so even if you trust a company to hold personal data they’re bound to leak it eventually and they won’t be punished. I think we need some real insensitive for businesses to take security and privacy seriously. GDPR is a step in the right direction, we need something like that in the US.

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