Tag: JavaScript

JavaScript vs. GDPR

Monday, 7 May, 2018 0 Comments

“Simply paste our JavaScript snippet into your website’s code. We’ll check every visitor of your site and will block access to users located within the EU.”

That’s the USP of a startup called GDPR Shield. Its sole product is a snippet of JavaScript that simply blocks EU users, so that websites don’t have to deal with GDPR compliance. The entrepreneurial coders in the service of Dr. Nikolaus Fischer, with an address in Düsseldorf, describe their offer thus:

“The European Union’s new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which takes effect on 25th May 2018, creates uncertainty and risk for website owners. It applies to businesses world-wide, because it protects all users accessing your site from the EU, regardless of where your business is located. GDPR threatens website owners with fines of 4% of turnover or €20 million (whichever is higher). If you don’t have an in-house legal team, complying with the law requires you to consult with a lawyer specializing in data protection law. In addition, you’re at risk of vindictive reporting from no-win-no-fee legal firms.”

Looks like it’s time to add JavaScript to the list that includes coffee and bacon and answers the question: Is there anything it cannot do?


Python for the people

Thursday, 8 November, 2012 0 Comments

As the global media machine cranked out reports and analysis from Washington D.C. yesterday, the Palo Alto-based startup LearnStreet quietly launched into public beta, making barely a ripple upon the surface of the news industry. Backed with $1 million in seed funding from Khosla Ventures, the site is dedicated to helping beginners master the basics […]

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The (copy) code of the Samwer brothers

Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

It’s Code Year, and 408,000 enthusiastic, idealistic people, Rainy Day included, have signed up to learn about Object-Oriented Programming and other computing esoterica. The goal is digital literacy as opposed to slavishly following the commands of those who are creating the technologies that increasingly govern our lives. But what if this idealism is misplaced? Might […]

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