Here’s how some sites are blocking all European traffic to meet 100% GDPR compliance


This is the week that we’ll likely look back on and say, “wow, I’ve never seen more emails about privacy policy updates in my life.” Yes – most of us had to sift through a seemingly endless barrage of emails as companies around the world prepared for GDRP. In case you don’t know what GDRP is (but common, you do right?) here’s a quick rundown:

At its core, GDPR is a new set of rules designed to give EU citizens more control over their personal data. It aims to simplify the regulatory environment for business so both citizens and businesses in the European Union can fully benefit from the digital economy. (Source – ZDNet)

Of course no matter how many legal documents you update, it’s still pretty darn tricky to become 100% compliant…unless of course you were to just stop letting visitors from Europe visit your site…and that’s actually what some people are doing.

Blocking 500 million users is a serious thing. Still, I have found sites that implement the most secure way to comply with the new GDPR laws: Block all European users! Yes, it’s hard to believe that somebody takes such a drastic decision, but it’s happening. (Source – Apility Blog)

The article in the Apility blog goes on to teach users how to use Cloudflare and Apility to block all European traffic to your site, yes it definitely requires some IT chops but you certainly don’t have to be a programming guru to make it happen. While I think it’s a funny blog post to write, I honestly feel like this is more humor than reality. I can’t imagine many people are going to be blocking all traffic from Europe, that just seems like far too extreme of a solution to a problem that in many cases means just updating your privacy policy.

What do you think? Is blocking European traffic a new trend or just an silly overly dramatic reaction some people are going to make until they realize that they’re missing out on customers? I want to hear from you – comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Scott Bender May 26, 2018, 11:08 am

    For ALL of my local lead generation websites and ALL of my clients except ONE – we put an IP Block to stop anyone from outside the USA (or the Philippines where my team is located) and it also helps stop spam, attacks and threats of abuse.

  • Pete Rose May 26, 2018, 12:35 pm

    Who is going to police all this. It’s the biggest nonsense ever to come out of the EU. We’ll be out of it soon.

  • Jose May 26, 2018, 7:04 pm

    The affected ones on this protection of personal data of the UE, will be the great social networks Facebook the first of them.

    There comes a time when the personal data of all of us where we live, is a very appetizing breeding ground and sell this broth to third parties, it is a very black business to give a lot of money.

    Spam business is a multi-million dollar benefit, has it been attempted to eradicate? Yes! as with antispam software this has not helped much since in a town of 5000 inhabitants each day we receive 45 spam emails doing the operation the daily result is 225000 Email Spam and imagine in a state capital of a country 5 Million x 45 daily 225 Million x 30 days = 6750 Million. Emails Spam.

    The sophistication to obtain personal data and the safety of them is of vital importance in all countries but many of them are vain because the same authorities ignore the opportunity to collect millions of € or US $ and to be a dirty business, but what do they care about, nothing and something happens to them? a school reprimand with a resignation and home with the money in his pocket.

    It is not now this has always been on the table of governments and large companies that need this personal data without them can not have a strategic approach the range of a new product or service in the local market, until the global.

    Also worldwide there is a protection of credit cards that the business of any online sector, I and many of us have found that after registering and paying a domain name with a credit card it turns out that after one year is renewed automatically with the same credit card and if you enter your profile of these domain registrars and try to unsubscribe many do not get it, now there are systems invented to devalue your credit card or bank accounts.

    We are facing a need that never ends, the personal data of all of us is a dirty business and at the same time clean for whom to charge for selling them.

    Good weekend.


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