USA Today made a version of their site for EU visitors that's compliant with the GDPR
It seriously makes me want to check that site from time to time for news. If their point was "see how bad it would be if we didn't do all this stuff?" it's doing the opposite of what it wants because yes, I love this website, that's how I want it and every other one to be like
Honestly, we could do something to encourage a newfound popularity for static websites. Maybe people who aren't in Europe and who have a Twitter account can nag USAToday on it so they make their EU site available for everyone?
Maybe us EU residents can nag websites that now block access to us to do a similar thing that USA Today did?
That could be the start of something
@Siphonay it redirects you to the "real" one if you're not in eu, afaict. and then asks you to enable push notifications.
@Siphonay i fucking wish i could get the "EU Experience" as USA Today puts it. gimmie that on every site also gimmie yr general protections and rights and like, health insurance. their "punishment" is just another perk.
USA Today's news coverage tends to be shit tho
@pea not only it's accessible on mobile, but it's also responsive and adapted for it. It also have the advantage of being very lightweight, that's very good for people with a limited data plan.
@Siphonay idk how similar the american one it redirects to is, but their site gives me way less anxiety
i also visciously try to avoid news sites
@Siphonay I'm in the U.S. and it just redirects to the regular non-GDPR-compliant homepage for me. I guess I'll need to use an EU proxy.
@Siphonay Looks like NPR went for a split strategy - you can disagree with their tracking, and get a plain text, unstyled site, per this tweet: https://twitter.com/AlecMuffett/status/999616307241906176
@Siphonay you can put ads on static sites, theres no reason in fact that your newspaper cant just run the exact same ads it runs in the physical version (and if you were hosting ads yourself as still images imbedded in articles I’m betting most adblockers wouldn’t block them)
But people are too lazy for that, and would rather just let a passel of datacorps pay rent on tracking pixels than do anything actually useful for once
And I fully agree: that's how a news site is readable :)
@Siphonay I also like lite.cnn.io and thin.npr.org - soooo much better than their bloated original sites...
@Siphonay annoyingly, they appear to redirect non-EU users (or at least me) to a different, JS-laden site that my phone couldn't finish loading in a full minute over WiFi...
@Siphonay I don't see where people get the idea that they were trying to make a point against it. If anything, with how it's gated off to anyone outside the EU, it looks like they are pushing for this sort of legislation.
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