I find this all hilarious.
Are you insinuating the EU has implemented GDPR as a means to get some extra funding instead of to protect its citizens? If so, do you think that before GDPR there were no victims, but now, post GDPR there are lots of victims and they are the US IT industry? If so then let me teach you about a concept that might be new to you: human rights. Privacy is one of those.
Yes, because its "protection" is just another form of security theatre.
> do you think that before GDPR there were no victims, but now, post GDPR there are lots of victims and they are the US IT industry?
How are you defining victims? People and government agencies (in the EU…hahaha) who blindly continue to use services of non compliant companies (within the US and outside of the US) while putting up superficial barriers against such at the same time?
Sure, humans can have rights, until they end up on the end of metadata drone strike from partially collated data from said institutions supposedly apart of the "protectors".
At the end of the day, governments nor corporates will give anyone privacy esp to those who dont take meaningful practical steps to combat intrusions for themselves in their everday life for whatever reason… though I don't mind having a laugh at those dancing to the tune of this circus of the piper singing what they want to hear.
Tick tock, tick tock…
This continent still remembers when Nazi Germany and the Eastern Bloc tracked people to abuse and even kill them. That was never a direct concern in the UK, but people there are still strongly against government databases (see: UK national id card trial, NHS database trial) and in favour of the right to privacy.