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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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“I Presume that it is the fact that Ireland is playing he long game”

I presume it’s more likely that Ireland was participating in a long con!

Given the effective rate of tax for Apple prior to the investigation was 0.005%, I think that for Ireland to receive an equivalent 14 billion euros in tax revenue, they would have had to wait decades if not never.

Has any official source compared the current windfall to projected income had the state of affairs not changed. Including the cost of brown envelopes of course!

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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Repealing stuff

The same goes for Brexit. There seems to be a myth that because the UK voted to brexit, we have to go ahead with it end of discussion. Even if the referendum was legally binding (which it wasn't, but that's another story) it can be overturned simply by holding another referendum. A democracy can overturn any previous decision, simply by following the democratic process. Some of the people I hear on the news that state "the people have spoken, the government must carry their wishes out" are forgetting that in a democracy, the people can change their minds, otherwise we would have political parties that once in power, couldn't be voted out.

If another referendum was held now (lets just say it's a legally binding one to keep it simple) and the result of that referendum was to remain, then the previous decision to leave has no legal standing.

I think our government may just decide to hold another referendum if things are looking messy so business can carry on as normal. Better the devil you know than the one you don't.

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“Given that we've already enacted GDPR into British law in the form of the Data Protection Act 2018, they're in for a shock.”

You’re forgetting that once we’re brexited, then a single Act of Parliament can repeal any EU legislation previously enacted using wording as simple as “Act of Parliament xxxxxxxx is now repealed this date of xxx of yyy year zzzz.”

As a sovereign nation any legislation or agreement we’ve entered into with other nations can simply be repealed by our democratically elected parliament.

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Penny pinching boss

I bought a Minolta CF900 around that time for about £19K with Fiery and A4 + A3 tray.

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Excuse me, but your website's source code appears to be showing

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Re: Not the root problem

“Exposing your source code shouldn't be an issue, because your code should survive inspection”

I do recall a long time ago the architects of a large military base making the same assumption, the sheer power and technological supremacy of the base would render any weakness inconsequential.

Shortly after construction of the base, but before it became fully operational, a copy of the plans leaked, and a small group of non-conformists examined the blueprints discovered an exploit. Before they new it some farmer kid who had spent his teenage years bulls-eyeing womp rats came along and dropped a missile into an exhaust pipe that was only 2 meters wide, destroying the base in its entirety.

If only the architects had followed best practice in securing the design of the base, things would have turned out quite differently!

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Archive.org's Wayback Machine is legit legal evidence, US appeals court judges rule

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In other news, mega corporations around the world follow the Wayback Machines procedure as covered in the FAQ for purging all historical snapshots of their websites.

Me? Cynical?

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: Phones too

We have a period of several years where all our sales dept kept breaking their phones, and getting new ones on the insurance we were paying a premium for. Eventually we said enough is enough and sent round an email saying we were cancelling the insurance, everyone was responsible for keeping their hardware in good working order, and that we would be deducting from their wages the cost to replace them. We also provided Otterbox cases throughout, so there was no likelyhood of accidental breakage by dropping.

No-one believed it and many phones were removed from the cases because they didn't look good.... until the first breakage occurred, and sure enough he got a brand new latest model phone, and the cost deducted from his wage. Suddenly all the phones were back in their cases and we never had another breakage. Saved a fortune in yearly insurance.

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Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

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Re: No Benchmarks

Within the UK that has already happened. A court ruled that the right to review outweighed the contractual clause forbidding it. I’m struggling to find it at the moment, but I’ll persist.

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Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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Can we please have the same for Google and Apple? Pretty please!

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Teardown chaps strip away magic from Magic Leap's nerd goggles

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Re: I'm unexpectedly impressed

I pretty much came to the same conclusion, the pre and over hype hasn't done it any favours, but to someone born in the 70s when Robbie the Robot and Twiki was amazing, it's a lot of neat real tech in a pair of goggles.

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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Re: My carefully curated online presence

“Or if the BBC deleted the Dr. Who tapes because they wanted to reuse them?”

Or if Warner Brothers lost the Babylon 5 HD master tapes because they just didn’t care!

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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This happens so frequently that one of the first troubleshooting questions the helpdesk now asks clients is "could you check with your accountant if your hosting invoices have been paid up to date."

The answer is always an immediate "Yes it has", but half an hour later invariably we get a "the credit card expired" call back.

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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

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Re: No-one will ever...

“ long transparent crystals. That would be cool.”

I had a thought the other day, suppose a civilisation advanced enough that it could store data in stone tablets rather than crystals. Stone tablets always seem to survive the civilisations that created them and are always being unearthed in archaeological digs thousands of years later. I feel a sci-if story coming on.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: I don't understand why they need it

“Million to one”.

Yes but as any fule know, million to one chances happen 9 times out of 10!

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: I've got a bad feeling about this.

I’m still holding out for the original Duke Nukem Forever. I’ll pretend that the hastily-cobbled-together-replacement never happened.

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Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself

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So good they commented it twice!

“Re: Seamless???”

Who made this comment? Stu Wilson or Anonymous Coward? :p

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"The Odeon in Preston is just terribly cold"

Try the Vue on Capitol Way instead of trapsing all the way to the Trafford. Every seat is a big reclining leather seat with tray-table. Oh and call in at the Waitrose next door for the sweets and snacks for 30% the Vue cost!

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Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service

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Re: Can you live/work in Holland just using English?

I worked there for a few years and never needed to learn the language. Everyone I met spoke perfect English. There is 2 types of English accent over there. American and Manchester. Which accent you have depends on the TV programmes you watch. If you have an American accent then it’s because you watch US sitcoms. If you have a Manchester accent, it’s because you watch Coronation Street. The Northwest “Granada” ITV channel was shown over there.

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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Re: Anybody who says their sapphire watch face scratched

“Tungsten carbide is a ceramic, not a metal”

Genuine question. Why is Iron alloyed with Carbon a metal (carbon steel) but Tungsten alloyed with Carbon a ceramic?

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Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

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Re: Big red ball?

I'm actually surprised that the 2 week long fire on Winter Hill didn't knock out any communications. Here's a pic showing how close the fire got to the transmission tower goo.gl/ajskPr

For those not from Manchester, an area of about 4sq miles of parched moorland was burning for a couple of weeks until it rained last week resulting in the hill disappearing in a cloud of smokey mist. I drove up as close as the road blocks when it started raining, it smelt like a damp barbeque!

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Spooked Cisco chief phoned AWS, asked: You're not making a switch, are you?

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An Amazon spokeswoman told us...

..."I can confirm the statement from Cisco is accurate."

A line that will be maintained right up until the press conference where said switch is revealed!

I've been in this job too long :)

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Thomas Cook website spills personal info – and it's fine with that

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If they are struggling to report themselves, I’m sure there a few competent people on here that can do it for them.

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Adidas US breach may have exposed millions of customers' personal info

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Re: At least...

Ad-i-das

Where the i sounds as it does in “is”

At lease it was at my school. And Nike was pronounced like “Mike”, none of this Nik-ee rubbish.

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Ubuntu reports 67% of users opt in to on-by-default PC specs slurp

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Re: Really small systems

“I do have a casual use system in the bedroom ”

Along with some baby oil and a box of tissues?

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Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards

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How do I find out if i’ve been pwned?

https://haveibeenpwned.com/

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Only if it’s reported and investigated!

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Continental: We, er, tire of Whatsapp, Snapchat on work phones. GDPR, innit?

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If you are a business, yes it does, otherwise it’s fair use.

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Indiegogo grants ZX Spectrum reboot firm another two weeks to send a console

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Re: why an extra 2 week extension...

That's just someone trying to get their product to show up when someone searches for Vega.

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UK judge appears in dock over Computer Misuse Act allegations

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International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

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Re: It'll Never Happen

“For modern mega containerships and tankers, they already have the crew at bare minimum and it's mostly to check on the cargo.“

Suggest you watch the documentary about Emma Maersk. It was brand new yet something was and still is always breaking down almost daily. The maintenance crews are constantly needed.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: This will go nowhere in court...

I do believe this will be the purpose of the court case. Until a law has it's day in court, everything anyone says (including reg commentards) is opinion and speculation.

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Overreach

I feel obliged to point out yet again, that if a US company has no presence in the EU (i.e. an office) then it can feel free to ignore the GDPR and stick it's middle finger up at the ICO.

The GDPR is a law that only applies to entities within EU borders.

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Can't pay Information Commissioner's fine? No problem! Just liquidate your firm

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Re: Liquidate company to avoid paying

Where the ICO originally went wrong was the procedure it followed with companies attempting to liquidate voluntarily. There is a process where the ICO can force a stop to the voluntary liquidation, an administrator is brought in, and following an investigation of the administrator the director banned from starting another company within X years.

Only recently has the ICO started to do this and is now getting better results.

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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“And no one knows why”...

Of course they do. As long as IPV4 works without visible consequence, it will be used.

Only when things noticeably stop working will the rest of us grudgingly act.

The same happened with Netbeui and Windows networking. It was only when the internet became a thing and the visible consequence of using Netbeui was “no internet access for you” did small businesses make the effort to switch. Ditto to IPX on Novell networks.

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Re: Ignorance of the law is not a defence...

I’ve partly changed my mind on the above, but only because I’ve spent the last 2 hours reading up on the workings of the First Tier Tribunal. It looks like right to trial by a jury of your peers has been abandoned for tax cases. I think that there is sufficient case for Aria to appeal due to the tribunal being incorrect on a point of law, but, I feel that only companies or persons with large enough pockets could afford to go down this route.

TLDR: the law it appears has been changed in favour of HMRC process because it appears the courts are too dumb to understand all these complex tax rules, and heck, HMRC must know what it is doing because it makes the rules, so simples!

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Re: Ignorance of the law is not a defence...

As much as HMRC would not like this to be known, HMRC whilst an agency of government, it is not a court of law. Only a court can determine if the law has been broken.

The situation Aria finds itself in now, is that HMRC has determined that tax is due. This is it's purpose, it is the collector of tax. HMRCs determination however has no more legal standing than an opinion. It is a very highly regarded opinion within government, but it is still simply an opinion. If HMRC wishes to enforce it's determination, it must get a court order to do so, i.e. Aria must stand trial in court for tax evasion.

At this point in time today Aria is innocent of all charges (because there are non legally brought yet), and HMRC is simply following HMRC procedure that in theory is supposed to save the courts time.

At some point HMRC having exhausted all other avenues of revenue collection will take Aria to court. Up until this happens, the burden of proof at each stage of HMRC process is upon Aria to prove it's innocence. Again I'll say that HMRC is not a court, so the normal burden of proof such as innocent unless proven guilty is irrelevant at this point.

Once a court case is brought, the burden of proof changes. HMRC has lost many VAT carousel cases simply because it cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant wilfully committed tax fraud. By law, the burden of proof is placed upon HMRC to prove it's case, not Aria to prove it's innocence. However, if Aria accepts HMRCs determination before a court case, and pays the bill. It cannot appeal later regardless of truth.

I believe that El Reg is misleading the average-Joe reader via carefully crafted headlines into believing Aria is committing tax fraud. At most El Reg's actions have successfully resulted in a situation that non-criminal tribunal cases (i.e. procedural cases that if contested eventually lead up to a true court case) should be performed openly and not secretively and can be reported about.

I could go on for another few pages but instead:- TLDR. Aria are at another step in a long line of HMRC processes designed to get them to part with their cash prior to an actual criminal court case, in much the same way that dodgy debt collectors persue you relentlessly, constantly hoping you pay before a court says you don't have to.

Oh and at some point, a court decide that this process should be open to public scrutiny, and El Reg have taken credit. When did El Reg move to San Francisco?

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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Re: The particular issue around Open Source licensing

"IANAL but (at least in the UK) EULAs are not legally binding."

That is an assumption. It has never been tested in court.

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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Really they were just across the road ;-)

Obligatory Father Ted link https://youtu.be/MMiKyfd6hA0

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It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

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Hey! Don’t go giving out the code to my luggage!!!

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

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Re: I still have mine

FWIW the Vega website is now saying they will ship within the next 7 days.

We need a countdown clock!

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Legal tech startup tries to haul 123-Reg to court over 24-hour backup claims

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“but can be found on the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine dated last year.”

Take a screenshot cos tomorrow that will have been requested to be taken down and purged.

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Autonomy ex-CFO Hussain guilty of fraud: He cooked the books amid $11bn HP gobble

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Extradition?

Did he get extradited to the US? Or has this occurred in his absence? Given that the SFO said he had no case to answer under UK law can’t he just stand at lands-end thumbing his nose in the general direction of the US?

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US citizen sues France over France-dot-com brouhaha

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Re: Shirley

“...French courts have no jurisdiction regarding US domains? (Which is what .com domains basically are)”

I’m wondering if the expat registered the domain in 1994 in France, using a French registrar. If said registrar was still running the hosting then it would be quite easy for the French courts to force transfer of the assets to the government.

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Recycling tech biz bosses get years for VAT fraud, money laundering

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“Didn't realise IT was only thing were supposed to refurbish”

Can’t make my mind up if this sentence makes sense.

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Capita reports pre-tax LOSS of £515m for 2017

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“Why would you bid on those contracts anyway?“

Salesmen will bid on anything that earns them a commission. Once the deal has been struck, delivering it becomes someone else’s problem. If salesmen earned commission on profit rather than sales order value then you would see a completely different outcome.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Swearing in the South

I’ve been try’na give it up’a but it’s one of those nights...

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Re: Oh well

“Dunno why you got so many downvotes for what was an informative and correct answer.”

Because this is The Register comments section, where truth is determined by votes rather than fact.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Doorways!

George RR Martin in the 90s did a TV movie pilot for a series called Doorways where the protagonists could jump through a portal into an alternative dimension where things were the same but slightly different. This preceded Sliders by about a year (wonder where they got the idea). Anyway one of the plot lines of the dimension they jumped into was that on earth 2 (or was it 3, I haven’t seen it since 1994) they had designed a bug that would solve the earths ecological problems by eating oil based waste. Only the bug spread worldwide eating all the oil, and anything made from it such as plastics. As a result the earth was a much healthier place to live due to no pollution, but we were pretty much living back in the 1800s technologically.

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US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

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"It would mean that you couldn't send anyone over to conduct business in the EU"

It doesn't say anything of the sort. Anyone from the US could come over to the EU to perform business. What they can't do is get on a plane back to the US with a USB stick full of personal data. Whilst that person is within the EU they are bound by EU laws.

"nor would you be able to appoint agents there"

Legally speaking an agent is the equivalent of having an office. So an EU based agent would be bound by EU laws, even if his wage packet comes from the US.

"Apart from the logistical issues such an organisation would have to contend with being gaining a sleazy reputation."

What logistical issues? I can go onto a US based retail website and order whatever I want provided they are willing to deliver to the EU. There are US ebay shops aplenty that do so and the same with Amazon US. No sleazy issues here thankyou very much, you are talking bollocks.

"And if the nature of the service were B2B then its customers would be at risk."

Again you are talking bollocks. I import from the US, and as long as the only personal details I give them are my own as the representative of the company, and not say my whole customer list then there is no risk.

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