Sites block EU users before GDPR takes effect

The Guardian is reporting that some sites are beginning to block EU users ahead of the GDPR deadline of 25th May 2018.

Does this represent the unintended consequences of a flawed law? Or, does it suggest the principles of GDPR are actually being effective as intended?

Microsoft has announced it will extend the rights of GDPR to all consumer customers worldwide.

So, if an organization decides to block EU IP addresses due to fear of potential GDPR legal exposure, does this mean that any country/region can pass legislation that sets high penalties and effectively create a means of self-censorship?

I guess so. The Great Firewall of China has been in place since 2003.