Last month, I wanted to book a flight on Southwest Airlines. I was blocked from the website. I also wanted to read about news in my childhood hometown, but the Chicago Tribune denied me access to its website. I couldn’t even read the story I wrote in November for The Pilot. I was, again, denied access. I probably won’t get to read this one either after it is published.

I wasn’t blocked because of passwords. My computer wasn’t hacked. It turns out that along with every other person located in a European Union country, I was denied access. All this thanks to new regulation from the EU. Like all great monster pieces of bureaucracy, it has a very forgettable acronym: GDPR.

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I travel to Europe regularly for business and family reasons. As far as I can tell, these new regulations come from the EU, not the US. Not so long ago, the object of their attacks on successful American companies was Microsoft. This is all about envy, not protection of information. In Germany you must report to the government whenever you move from one town to another, so they can keep track on you. Everyone has a compulsory national identity card. In the past, government trucks with special antennas would rove through neighborhoods to determine how many radios and TVs were being used. You would be fined if you used more than you reported on tax forms - taxes fund nationalized TV and radio there, the reason they are only fed government propaganda. It is also why they are generally clueless on reality of our life, as their propaganda is based mostly on fake news.

Jim Tomashoff

As all can see, "well-intentioned" explanations never occur to Kent. Everything is part and parcel of all governments on-going conspiracies to enslave us. Other than carrying out executions and making war I doubt if Kent has ever seen a government action he approves of.

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