occasionally, clicking through yet another half-arsed GDPR-mandated cookie management screen, i find myself thinking "the GDPR has buggered up the web"

then i catch myself.

no, it hasn't. the way companies have opted to respond to the GDPR is what's buggered up the web. they could have been nice and unobtrusive about it, but no, they decided that *every user in the EU* should suffer their protests at not being able to stow thousands of fragments of random shite on a whim all over their vict- sorry, users' computers.

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The Web was buggered up.

The GDPR is an attempt to correct some of that buggering.

Change is always messy! 10 years from now, I suspect we'll still have a similar situation to California's infamous Prop 65, which requires all companies to provide a warning if they use any chemicals containing carcinogens. (The law was enacted in 1986, before we really understood that carcinogens are in almost everything.)

Speaking as a dev, the GDPR did a LOT of good besides what's visible. ^^

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