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Anybody wonder why the big tech companies didn't really fight that hard against GDPR? It isn't due to a newfound love of regulation.
We are headed to a world where startups in the US, China and India are able to grow in with a permissive, large domestic customer base and don't operate in the EU until they are large enough to face the compliance costs.

German companies with 15 employees hit those day 1.
What can DPAs do? First off, they can publish detailed roadmaps for what they consider compliance up front. The spectacle of CNIL inventing new opt-in standards (that nobody complies with) to fine Google should be much scarier for smaller companies.
Would be best if these standards applied across all 28 jurisdictions.

While they are doing that, they should also consult with their national security and law enforcement experts and get more explicit about what they expect companies to do to investigate abuse and crimes.
(That last one doesn't help compliance costs, just a personal observation that the EC/EP privacy desires conflict with the security asks of individual states. Better to fix that calmly instead of waiting for a Paris attack that can't be investigated this time.)
(Another side note: this should embarrass all of the reporters who bought the “Heroic European Regulators Versus Evil US Tech Companies” framing when GDPR came into effect. That framing is helping the creation of a massive censorship regime.)

Ok, enough ranting. Gotta get off Twitter so I can time-delay and watch the Oscars without commercials.
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