I appreciate this post/article, Steve. You've been talking about GDPR for over a year now. I consider it appropriate and hope that something like it comes to the US, where I live. This became even more relevant after I watched vlog this past weekend. This is a technology vlog, geared more towards consumer technology. (F5 Live, in case anyone's wondering.) In a recent episode, #534, one of the hosts mentioned that he Googled himself and came across a website which has a business model of collecting data on people, at least here in the US. (I sent the host a DM on Twitter, asking what the website was. He just told me: it's called Rocket Reach. They may be in Canada as well.) This website makes this information on you available for anyone to see. They'll take it down, for fee.
I don't think that's at all right. I've not done anything criminal, etc. Nevertheless, there are things I don't want out there for the whole world to see. Yes, I know the "everything about you can be found online. Just Google/Bing it" line. That is not the point. I don't like someone collecting it and just making it easy for anyone to see. If people want to find out stuff about me, let them work for it.
Yes, I hope that something goes in place to stop companies/people from collecting data on me, then putting it out there and my only recourse to get rid of that is to pay them. It feels like a perverse sort of ransomware.
Kindest Regards, Rod Connect with me on LinkedIn.