You should probably… call your MP or something?
Like… that's a real problem that needs to be brought to the attention of… someone…
No for-profit corporation should run/gatekeep/have a presence on a government website.
That's bloody terrifying.
@kirby The UK Parliament also uses TheoPlayer, has Google Tracking on their website, and distributes Video via a domain called eurovisoncdn.net which seems to be part of CEDEXIS and PSICDN. Both tracking companies which *seem* to be US based.
It all sounds so fishy…
What would happen if the UK Gov found out they're running their videostreams over something called Eurovision CDN. *lol*
@MacLemon even if you use a private browsing window?
@efi Yes, that also happens in incognito windows.
@MacLemon *melting brain sounds*
@MacLemon I would say that definitely counts as interfering with democratic processes
I can't help but feel this is intentional.
@Roxxie_Riot It's fully automated, no human involved outside those experiencing the blocking. I don't expect anyone in the IT department of parliament.uk caring for this. It's probably the reason they're using Cloudflare in the first place.
I've seen so many people in IT, Ops, Development, etc. who don't think up to their nose what implications their decisions have. And even if they do, their employer doesn't care, or explicitly instructs them to do so or pink slip.
@MacLemon Wait, since when did any capitalist country have democratic processes?
@KitsuneAlicia That's exactly what I tried to watch.
@MacLemon I happen to know a few real email addresses @cloudflare.com and pinged someone if they're aware of this. This seems like the sort of line they don't want to cross intentionally.
@sascha I'd even give Parliament IT the benefit of doubt, that they don't even know this is happening.
Cloudflare certainly does, but being the monster in the middle everywhere and for every service is their business model.
Thanks for pinging Cloudflare. I'll keep my expectations low either way. :-)
Can't speak to UK law, but I suspect Google and Cloudflare aren't legally obligated to provide access. It might be different if there was a government request that they were going along with.
@MacLemon Just login to a Google account, disable your Adblocker and enable 3rd Pary Cookies and you’ll get in without a problem.
Embrace the tracking! Sharing is caring.
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