california and european union bureaucrats are working together to take advantage of federal inaction and strongarm tech into onerous restrictions
Although I share support for decreased regulation and more innovation in general, data privacy is one area that I think is closely linked with civil liberties and appeals to a broad spectrum of voters on both sides of the aisle. You seem to be implying that strong privacy is necessarily anti-progress. If so, you haven't defended that assertion well yet. I think a stronger claim could be made that robust consumer privacy protections actually improve innovation and market competitiveness.
So maybe tech should grow some balls and stop investing in California. Serve the EU through data centers outside the EU. Get out of the Irish tax haven BS. Make them transact with US entities for advertising and pay in dollars. No physical footprint no legal reason to follow their rules. Just get creative dammit.
Cut CA and the EU off for a while and watch the kids complain. Maybe the AIs will learn better without all the whiners anyway... Make EU citizens pay for WhatsApp while the rest of the world gets it free. Otherwise the people in the EU have no reason to complain and change their crappy unrepresentative EU bureaucrats.
Tech has all the money- they are not victims. Fight back. Throw shit at the wall until things stick. Meme your way to victory over their church lady bullshit. WIN.
Developing something new and unique is a huge challenge on its own. Extra artificial obstacles don’t make the task easier.
Its easy to say, “of course regulations are evil but THIS regulation is actually for something i like so its fine..” and i see that in some of the comments regarding data privacy.
As someone who has worked in cybersecurity, i can assure you, maybe short term the result is better personal privacy, but long term the result is absolutely onerous legislation that stifles freedom and innovation.
Leave it to California to kill the chicken that lays
It’s golden eggs. Like Mark Twain said “Our lives, our liberty, and our property are never in greater danger than when Congress (the State legislature) is in session."
I enjoyed the article but I too agree that consumer data being protected is a good thing I want to opt out
This article is a great discussion starter on an important topic so first off, thank you - but as the comments above I feel there is a lot more analysis needed to make some of the assertions. Regulation of tech is a very nuanced and important issue. Also, as an Irish, US, and British citizen the opening statement regarding the bureaucracy of the Irish consulate is laughable to me. It is infinitely easier to work with british / Irish governments to get passports or anything done versus the US. The Irish will actually personally email you paperwork for the foreign birth registry and help you with a specific contact person from Dublin! As anyone who is ever tried to get anything done with the US passport Office or get a green card knows the process is Kafka-esque. Perhaps there is something we could learn from the EU as well as the other way around.
Not one example or citation of how "privacy laws" strangle innovation. A lot of shouting "Fire! FIre!" but no smoke. On the contrary, the "innovation" you speak of so highly for many of these companies consists largely of figuring out how to monetize data. Not buying it.