Since my last blog post about US websites decided to block traffic from Europe, we've done some digging. Turns out many in the US have decided that GDPR is too much of a headache to justify accepting web traffic from Europe, particular when websites do not mean to sell services or products to Europeans. Below is a list of those sites we found that have decided to "turn off" Europe for the time being.  

Companies That Have Ceased Operations in Europe as a Result of GDPR

Twitter Is Shutting Down Apps for Roku, Xbox and Android TV Devices: https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/twitter-roku-xbox-android-tv-gdpr-1202818827/

Instapaper: https://gizmodo.com/instapaper-is-blocking-users-in-europe-until-it-figures-1826289131

Tronc (owner of Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News and other publications): https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/25/us-media-websites-down-in-europe-after-a-huge-data-law-shakeup.html

Lee Enterprises (owner of Arizona Daily Sun and Star papers and the Times of Northwest Indiana): https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/25/us-media-websites-down-in-europe-after-a-huge-data-law-shakeup.html

Stardust (movie and TV review app): https://www.stardust.co/gdpr-faq/ •Unroll.me: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44239126 

Payver (dashcam app): http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44239126 

Loadout (video game) – completely removed game: https://steamcommunity.com/games/208090/announcements/detail/1666772945326814406 

History and Lifetime channels: https://www.independent.ie/business/world/us-companies-block-500-million-europeans-rather-than-deal-with-gdpr-36950038.html 

Klout (social media): https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/25/tronc_chicago_tribune_la_times_gdpr_lock_out_eu_users/ 

Verve (mobile marketing): https://adexchanger.com/mobile/verve-closes-european-business-thanks-to-gdpr/ 

Drawbridge (cross-device identity company): https://adexchanger.com/mobile/drawbridge-exits-media-business-europe-gdpr-storms-castle/ 

Brent Ozar Unlimited (how-to training firm): https://www.brentozar.com/archive/2017/12/gdpr-stopped-selling-stuff-europe/ 

Seznam.cz (Czech internet company) – completely closed down: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/11/technology/gdpr-tech-companies-losers/index.html

PICOPS (Parity ICO Passport Service): https://paritytech.io/picops-discontinued-may-24th-2018/


Will be interested to see where this leads . . .