There are some good aspects in the law that I really see as very beneficial and want to be adopted in Europe.
Having a local representative (some office, legal entity) makes it for law enforcement easier to access them. And lawyers possible to start lawsuits. For a private persons or consumer protectors they often need go to Ireland (very expensive), because the big companies hide there. Forcing big entities to a local representative is very beneficial in a working constitutional state.
Also filtering out companies that do not comply to local laws is very needed for decades. Nearly all porn and gambling sites do not properly execute age verification mandated by law. Same for most social networks that are used by children. Companies not adhering local laws must be blocked.
P.S. Funny, if you open a bank account or order a credit card, age verification works easily. No bank or financial service provider would do what porn sites or social networks do…
Who on Earth wants to be age-verified on a porn site lol? Verification means handing over your ID, driver license, bank account etc.
That’s not true. You ID card just makes a crypto handshake with the website that you are not a minor. Age verification does not mean a transfer of ID. And I am pretty sure that most people want prevent minors to access porn. So pretty much everyone.
I don’t understand how all that works to be honest. Even with a “crypto id” (blockchain maybe?) somebody would have to verify that my id is connected with an adult. And so if I use my id to enter a porn site the id can be traced back to me. It’s not anonymous.
I wasn’t aware of the NetzDG law but the idea of a local representative does sound reasonable to me at first thought. But anyway, when they collect personal information about millions of users it’s so easy to abuse it that I’m not sure if I trust social networks regardless of how many representatives they have.
I trust lawyers and state attorneys to do their job.