What our Friends in US should know

Several high-profile US news sites blocked access to European users
since Friday

May 25th 2018



Since the European Unions new rules about data protection came into effect:

Contacts: No answers received. 50% of the Route 66 information is blocked with the above text or a similar one, such as the following:

We’re Sorry!
This site is not available in your region.

Is Oklahoma really not interested having visitors from Europe?

I wonder why I spend several hours each and every day writing to interested people about News and Facts from Route 66 and motivating them to visit the United States and to tour on the Mother Road. If I do not get any further new information, I guess I will have to terminate enthusiastically reporting about America every day.

Although my reports are in German, they may also be of interest to Americans, as all the information are marked with links to the original pages, so that the readers can get easily can get even more detailed information about all the subjects

I wish you all a succesful trip on Route 66.
Hugo Panzeri

3 thoughts on “What our Friends in US should know

  1. Hugo Panzeri Post author

    For two whole years, the provisions were known that came into force in Europe on May 25th, 2018. This did not seem to have bothered several major media groups in the US, as they had insignificant interests in Europe. Some had probably overlooked that England was blocked, too.

    It seems that all those who had simply pulled out the plug, have now silently and secretly lifted this lock again and that today, with very few exceptions, the pages are accessible again.

    In America, people in politics and the press always seem to forget that such unilateral measures can also have a negative impact on their own country. One seems to forget that one should also maintain friendships.

    Hugo Panzeri

  2. Hugo Panzeri Post author

    Chicago Tribune still unavailable:
    Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism

    Not an award-winning organization…?

  3. Hugo Panzeri Post author

    When does this senseless blockade of Europeans end?‘

    Chicago Tribune is still blocking Europe. We still have to wait for the award-winning journalism.

    Patch: “Hello! Patch is currently unavailable in most European locations. We are working on a technical compliance solution and hope to be able to provide our locals journalism offerings to EU readers soon – The Patch Team
    It’s not only the EU. Also Switzerland and some other countries are blocked.

    KOAT-TV: Sorry, this content is not available in your region.

    News On 6: We’re Sorry! This site is not available in your region.

    WDSU New Orleans reporting from Albuquerque: Sorry, this content is not available in your region.

    The Amazon CloudFront distribution is configured to block access from your country. 403 ERROR. The request could not be satisfied. Generated by cloudfront (CloudFront)

    Request ID: 3UGSYpjKVeXzhFOvaDnAUu3DPAqiqvHz-O2JqCGEnemkjgsUpjldfw==
    The Edwardsville Intelligencer blocks The Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor will celebrate its fourth annual festival event.

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