Fyde Blows The Whistle On GDPR

Georges van Hoegaerden
Georges van Hoegaerdenhttps://www.methodeva.com/georges/
Founder, Author, and Managing Director of methodEVA.

GDPR, as a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), has been proven worthless by Fyde, with the regulation of information security meaningless unless and until it protects all conceivable paths to information equally.

Relativity Modeled by Absolutism

Be forewarned; absolute security does not exist, not in an analog or a digital world. But, do not let the absence of absolutism of security be a deterrent to demanding a better proxy of relative security.

I should know, having been involved in large-scale server-side security products for Symantec some ten years ago, emphasizing perimeter security rather than device-specific security. Better. But decisively insufficient, for a single threat cunningly encapsulated on the desktop could easily breach all perimeters, in one fell swoop.

Internet security applied to a single focal point, without improving the other access points, is meaningless. In the same way, locking the front door to a house is pointless when the windows are left open. Sure, you may deter a few invalid robbers. But, now, with the windows to the internet wide-open, any moderately skilled hacker on the planet can wreak significant havoc.

Open Source Charade

The vulnerability of technology is compounding at an accelerated pace, and not in the least exacerbated by the use of publicly available open-source software that allows every hacker in the world to study, discover, and exploit the vulnerabilities arising from a dynamically changing landscape of a highly fragmented technology stack most corporations use.

Indeed, the more fragmented the componentry of technology becomes, the more exponential, by statistical probability, the unique combinations of security vulnerabilities. Such is one of the downsides of the open-source application development I have railed against many times, and the reason why I am a big proponent of proprietary software development (with fewer caveats).

Implementing GDPR as the stop-gap to supposedly fend off unauthorized personal-information disclosure and leakage (for monetary reasons), is giving European internet users a false sense of security. GDPR is yet another misplaced government technology regulation costing companies millions to deploy without tangible insurances. Reminiscent of the past Sarbanes-Oxley legislation not preventing people like Bernie Madoff from scamming people.

Backdoor Snitches

European mobile security app Fyde demonstrates how it immediately blocked sixty-five (65) services on my iPhone with a newly installed instance of Apple’s latest iOS, 12.0.1, without any applications launched after reboot. An astounding number of services, none of which have received my explicit or understood GDPR consent decree. Install Fyde on your mobile device and see for yourself.

The weakening state of Internet Security reveals our fallible nature as quick-and-dirty innovators. Pay close attention to how a mindless rush into technology ultimately impacts humanity.

We chase money to reap the rewards of massive and unchecked internet adoption of short, only to discover such unbridled freedom comes with a massive downside of long, impacting the vulnerability of the privacy and security of its users, corporations, and even nation-state sovereignty: that same unbridled freedom responsible for the erosion of our hard-earned, but admittedly outdated, constitutional values. Indeed, technology is making us all more vulnerable.

Unprotected Backdoor

Technology and its investors must be regulated differently, to improve the excellence of humanity, and to squash the vile-maxim of a rat-race for money resulting in debilitating humanitarian consequences. Moreover, all humans must be subjugated to the principles of a new operating-system closely resembling the evolutionary laws of nature, for us to evolve away from modern-day pillage and plunder reminiscent of our bronze age. And like the rules of a game of sports must be established ahead of time, the rules of improving human excellence with or without technology must be set ahead of time, to ensure our unbridled improprieties do not destroy the game, and worse, humanity.

Technology today is used as the cunning tool to circumvent our constitutional and humanitarian rights and obligations. Technology is the unprotected backdoor to nation-state sovereignty today. Not because technology providers have necessarily bad intentions, but because the rules of the game have just not been established ahead of time. Thus giving technology providers free rein to bend all the rules in their favor, while deflating the power of sovereign governments. Similar to how gameplay without regulations would quickly run amok, leaving its referees empty-handed.

False Positive

Today, GDPR compliance is like Lance Armstrong agreeing to comply with anti-doping regulations knowing full-well his use of performance-enhancing drugs were undiscoverable by the initial lab-tests, stating afterward he was merely using the drugs everyone else was using. In that vein, I witnessed how hard it was for Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to answer what he honestly thought of GDPR during his interrogation by the Senate. He knows, as do I, GDPR represents the irrelevance of the aforementioned lab-tests.

We must learn how to build better systems of humanity, to instill the human behavior we expect from purveyors and users of the internet as its platform. The failure of technology companies to self-regulate means a new global operating-system for humanity, supporting an innate plurality of freedom, must be established to safeguard information commensurate with the requirements of a plurality of sovereignty. Such an operating-system must pair new evolutionary obligations with our inalienable rights to improve the excellence of humanity long-term.

In the meantime, I suggest you use the “contraception” provided by the Fyde mobile application responsibly.

The sign of an intelligent nation is its willingness and ability to reinvent itself, upstream. Let’s inspire the world with new rigors of excellence we first and successfully apply to ourselves.

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