It’s too early to say what the long-term effects of the new rules will be, but we do know it made for some great email chains
By now, you’ve probably already received a bunch of emails from websites and apps you use about GDPR, a set of European rules regulating online data privacy that went into effect Friday.
Aside from all the actual serious implications of this regulation, the move has been fodder for a seemingly endless supply of funny memes, tweets, and posts about how companies are reacting.
Here are some memorable examples from notable figures in tech:
Ellen Pao revealed a reply-all disaster at the New York Times, where a bunch of people were cc’ed on an email chain, kicking off some hilarious responses — including one respondee who thought the whole thing was an elaborate scam.
OMG I wrote an op-ed for the NYT several months ago and now I’m part of a bizarre NYT GDPR email group. A sampling of messages from this group includes just “??” and the following pic.twitter.com/z0Dp4eOw4y
— Ellen K. Pao (@ekp) May 26, 2018
And then there’s a sweet text message exchange between Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie and his mom, who isn’t quite sure what it’s all about but happy to know her son isn’t involved in the drama.
And the Spotify GDPR playlist became a viral hit, with tunes like “What’s your name?” “I know what you like” and “So many details”
This is hilarious! @Spotify has a I <3 GDPR playlist!
— Rishabh Mehrotra (@erishabh) May 25, 2018
Who would have thought internet regulation could be so funny?
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