USA Today made a version of their site for EU visitors that's compliant with the GDPR

- ads
- tracking
- personalization
- javascript

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

should I make a petition about this?

I don't think they would consider it though because ad revenue and user data selling is how they make money

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@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

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