I'm not a huge fan of the EU but every now and again something good comes out of it......
Alexander Hanff says:
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I am the person who filed the complaint and I do often find it both amusing and very sad when I read comments to articles about this.
Amusing because I like watch the apologists flapping their gums about mythical rights of publishers and mythical obligations on the people visiting their web sites.
Sad because it truly dismays me to see how ignorant the general public about their fundamental rights.
I am a lawyer, computer scientist and sociologist who has studied this particular law for the last 15 years and am widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in the world on this matter. I advise the Regulators, Legislators and Parliamentarians on these issues and helped to draft the law which will replace it.
So let me make this clear – in the EU people have no legal obligation to watch ads, period. It is also illegal for any publishers to store any script or other technology on your device which is not strictly necessary for the provision of the requested service – a position clarified by Regulatory Guidance going back to 2014 and further supported by binding case law in the EU’s highest court as recently as July this year. The EU Commission’s formal legal analysis also makes it clear that this is illegal without consent a position they have held since 2016 in a formal written legal evaluation.
And in fact, not is this only a breach of civil law, I have also filed a criminal complaint against YouTube in Ireland for a breach of computer trespass and misuse law – which also makes it a criminal offence to gain unauthorised access to a computer and/or utilize computing resources in an unauthorised manner.
So to the apologists, marketers and Google fan boys, you are quite simply wrong – you have no legal argument and are just polluting the debate with your personal opinions which are both unqualified and utterly irrelevant in the case of a legal complaint.
But it is important to everyone else to note that there is no point in discussing the issue with these people, because there is no discussion with people who live under some false illusion of an entitlement to trespass on our property and ignore our fundamental rights – as such it is an utter waste of energy and time and only serves to give them the attention they strive for in order to get their dopamine hits and feel like they are important.
Have a great day everyone and please, start to exercise your own rights otherwise you will lose them.
It's about time these big tech companies where brought down a peg or two...
The following experiment is a little flawed but it makes a very good point and under some circumstances this is as real as it gets. Google have been caught in the past by a reverse engineer that found an always on second hidden microphone in Alexa devices. Samsung workers where caught selling data of peoples conversations recorded via the built in microphone on their smart TV. I could go on with other proven examples but I wont bore you but it's time something was done about this invasive technology. We are being sold a Trojan horse with many devices.