You think it's just social media that sells your data to third parties? Traditional media is playing the same game.

Europe's GDPR requires web sites to be more forthcoming in what they collect and that they are collecting, and many companies have been complying, but many traditional outlets are blocking out the entire Europe instead.

Now that's very interesting. That means they are collecting and selling users' data to third parties, and it is safer and cheaper to shut out an entire continent than be honest with what they are actually doing.

With readerships tanking, these outlets are barely in business as it is -- so how are they keeping afloat?

By doing the very things they are exposing about Google and Facebook, but trying to spin it to sound as if it were something else.

It is yet another twist on what is happening behind the scenes, and how far the profession's fortunes have fell...