EU regulations are becoming so invasive that the unelected bureaucracy even tries to control the volume at which European citizens can listen to music on their iPhone.

Political commentator Old Holborn drew attention to the little-known issue earlier today, sardonically tweeting, “The EU is not intrusive in the minutiae of our daily lives.”

Viewing the “music” option in the settings of an iPhone sold in the European Union leads to an “EU Volume Limit” that encourages users to set the volume “to the European Union recommended level.”

The setting is derived from a 2008 European Commission directive that led to the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation demanding that all phones and personal music players sold in the EU had a default sound limit of 85dB.

“The user can choose to override the limit so that the sound level can be increased up to maximum 100dB. If the user overrides the limit, warnings about the risks must be repeated every 20 hours of listening time,” reports BBC News.

The volume setting is not mandatory, but for how long?

This is yet another example of how the EU is so obsessed with controlling the lives of its citizens that it has inserted itself into virtually every aspect of our daily lives, from how often garbage gets collected, to forcing fish retailers in the UK to put a warning on their packaging – at the cost of thousands of pounds – to say that the product contains fish.

As the video below explains, EU regulations on everything from pillow cases to orange juice are so vast that if piled up, they would reach as high as Nelson’s Column.


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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor at large of and Prison

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