In April 2016, the EU Parliament approved the new general data protection regulation for all EU countries, but the law affects the whole world.
Recently, Archive.org was hit with hundreds of false terrorist content notices from EU.
“Under legislation that the EU is currently drafting, the Internet Archive could have been hit with penalties — including fines of up to 4 percent of its global revenue — for not honoring such takedown notices within an hour.”, as theverge.com reported,
“Proponents of these bills tend to emphasize the inability of companies like YouTube and Twitter to police what is uploaded to their sites, but they dismiss the potential for false takedowns and overreach.”
“If, as a business, you can’t afford the hassle of going through with this legal gauntlet, you’ll probably just turn your back on EU users, hence culling quite a cornerstone in many markets. This has already occurred on a number of U.S. websites, who simply exclude EU users from their websites. Since I am located in Europe, this is the message I receive when I’m trying to access the website of the Chicago Tribune”, as wirtzbill.com writes,
“The GDPR will reinforce market concentration because small business will face very high compliance costs they cannot handle, while consumers will actually get fewer choices in the marketplace.”
EU’s GDPR is deeply harming free speech, as the rules are not clear and anyone can get really preventive, fearing a potential fine or notice from the EU, and from what we saw in Archive.org’s case, the EU can fine you without any reason.