First Amendment and Marines?

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Sat Jan 29 18:58:41 CET 2022

> I was simply trying to help an organization
> that is, for *their own good business reasons* very much
> motivated to adhere to GDPR, use existing IT infrastructure
> to move to a more secure method of communication.

And, for those people and businesses who have to do business with the 
EU, the GDPR is worth complying with even when it's not strictly 
enforceable.  For instance, United States airline companies that fly 
into the EU voluntarily comply with the GDPR for EU citizens flying 
within the United States, because if they don't they might find their 
access to European airports restricted.

But if you're an American without EU ties, the GDPR is yet another piece 
of foreign legislation we don't need to pay attention to.  And when 
Europeans baldly say "the GDPR applies worldwide, you must follow it," 
what we hear is "the EU overrides your silly Constitution."

At which point we tell you to have that argument with the Marines, 
please.  That position you're pushing is a thoroughly silly one, and it 
deserves to be called out as such.

I don't hate you.  I don't dislike you.  I don't hold you in contempt. 
In fact, I don't even *know* you.  You said something many Americans 
find very silly, and we laughed.  That's all that happened.  :)

> (a) Unfortunately, OpenPG email encryption is incompatible
> with GDPR and should not be used by those that either want
> or need to be GDPR compliant.

No, it's quite possible to be GDPR compliant, as evidenced by the fact 
the German government has adopted it.  I'm pretty sure the German 
government has a number of lawyers specializing in EU regulation, and 
they're fine with it.

Perhaps you might want to ask, "how is the German government complying 
with GDPR?"

> (c) GPG and OpenPG appear to be very much US-centric
> endevours.

It's not.
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