Hello! I'm a European citizen who's both bemused and bewildered by the way that GDPR has rolled out in Europe. I'm a big fan of what GDPR does for our rights, but the panic and rush to implement it is leading to some unfortunate, unfair experiences for the consumer.

This is an attempt to see the fun side of the legislation, and provide a reference place for how to implement GDPR better (or, more precisely, what not to do). We've had more than two years notice that this was coming, and the mad rush to get things across the line is resulting in some weirdness, things that don't actually comply and so on.

I too am a product person, who has had to buil GDPR-compliant features, so I know the pain. We're all in this together, and in theory, we should come out the other side building more mindfully data-friendly products from day one in the future.

If you're looking for tools to help with GDPR

I've tried a few, and you might find them useful. This is not an endorsement! I'm just passing on the good word:

A note about this site

This was hastily thrown together, so pardon the dust. I've done what I can to minimize trackers, and data collectors. Here's what you might see:

  • Google Analytics (IP anonymization enabled)
  • Twitter embeds (Do Not Track Forced through meta tag)


Here's some of the worst attempts at doing GDPR (Vice)
I don't know why GDPR is so funny but it is (The Verge)

Good luck,
– O


This project was a crazy idea by @ow after getting so many crappy GDPR emails and shutdown notices. I write a handy daily briefing to keep up with, and understand these kinds of things.

Submit a GDPR horror story of your own on Twitter, or emailing [email protected]

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