Wednesday, December 16, 2015

EU passes stricter data rules for 2017 which could affect US bloggers; China jumps into Internet regulation bowl

Dan Levin has a rather chilling NY Times article on how China wants to gain more influence on Internet governance, here.  I have wondered if I would even be welcome to travel there;  I understand Google products (Blogger) are not easily available there, and neither is Facebook.  Yet in late 2013 I was getting emails inviting me to claim my “doaskdotell” in China before anyone else could claim it (which would a subdomain in China).

Mark Scott reports that the European Union has approved tougher data protection and privacy rules, to be effective in early 2017. This would include the “right to be forgotten” and would apparently include the possibility of telling a website to take down “forgettable” information as well as search engines.  It would apply to any company having customers in the 28 countries of the EU, with stiff fines, but would only apply to EU residing people. A problem could occur with a website showing the same content worldwide (Blogger appends country-specific domain TLD’s but that would not get around the fact that most blogs show the same content everywhere available;  furthermore it’s pretty easy to get around the TLD technique to see content.)  I tweeted this story Wednesday, and it got "liked" and retweeted quickly.

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