*throws hands up in the air* Thread on new proposed policy 🤬 with the theme of "let's force you to use ID verification for everything including if you want to publish a website". 😡🤬🤯. Who the heck are these people? How can they think this is a good thing?
The “digital policy alliance” says that you shouldn’t have a website or blog, email, IRC, iMessage, or other means of sharing information without verifying you…
My comment, why it’s horrible: http://www.draketo.de/licht/politik/leserbriefe-kommentare-und-%C3%A4hnliches/gegen-die-impressumspflicht
@onepict roughly, yes, but the page simplifies it too much.
If you are a commercial entity, you need *more* information in the impressum, but every private website that does not target purely the authors family and close friends already needs an Impressum with street address, name and contact.
Not having one can become expensive, because there are lawyers who specialize in finding pages without Impressum and suing them.
Also whois is nowadays just a pseudo-placeholder.
I think the reason is similar as for flyers. If you print and spread flyers, you must state who is responsible by press laws (Verantwortlicher im Sinne des Presserechts).
Even if you expose lies of the head of university.
This is similar to a law we do still have in Britain for political pamphlets and newspapers, for some reason Germany extends this to any private website - some of my German mutuals have hinted it does have a chilling effect on what they are prepared to publish under their own name and some have had formal legal complaints (particularly from political conservatives) for content they have published on their personal sites..
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