Sunday, 27 May 2018

GDPR Update


A new law in the EU known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has gone into effect this week, regarding privacy policies and data management. I have been made aware that blog owners should be taking action to ensure that anyone coming to the blog is aware of how their data is used.

  • Tell the user who you are, why you collect the data, and how long it will be stored.
  • Get clear consent before collecting any data
  • Let users access/delete their data
  • Let users know if data breaches occur

Here's the thing. I have a small book blog with less than 150 followers. I know very little about computers, being completely self taught, and I'm pretty clueless on the technical aspects of my blog. I just post stuff, answer comments and visit other blogs. I've never really thought about data collection going on or that kind of thing so this new change has me a bit baffled and confused over what I should be doing or what my blog host is or might be doing.

I personally don't do anything with anyone's personal data. I don't physically collect it, share it with anyone or do anything with it. I don't have a big data collecting server in my home, just my desktop computer and I don't use that to store lists of info about you. I don't have personal access to the email addresses you have other than one or two of you who asked me to email them personally about something and have provided it. I don't have a list of everyone's email addresses to use to send out mass info emails as I don't send out mass mailings of any kind. I do not ask my blog host for access to any data that they have about those following me.

I am aware that my blog host and a couple of third parties I use may collect and use data so I am trying to construct a privacy policy as best I can. It has not been easy!
My web address is  https://chucklesbookcave.blogspot.co.uk/

I have an option on the blog where you can follow my posts by email. I set this up to give people choice in how they want to follow and if you use this option, you'll be alerted to new posts on my blog. I am assuming that on each email sent there is an option to unsubcribe at any time and I urge you to use it at any time if you don't want constant emails coming in. When I leave a comment on your blogs, I'm aware that I have to provide a name, email address that is not published and my blog address. I do this willingly so I can comment. If you also have to do this to use my blog, please only provide this information if you are happy to do so.

I give people the option to follow me through Bloglovin'. Here is their privacy and data collection policy. Please only follow me through Bloglovin' if you are happy with the terms of this policy.
https://www.bloglovin.com/privacy 

My blog host is Blogger and everything I have on the blog has been set up using their templates and add on things. Blogger has a fun stats section which shows the number of page views and where these pages have been viewed from around the world. This information shown to me is completely anonymous and I cannot identify any user from it. Obviously, this information is created from the identities of those visiting my blog. I honestly do not know if Blogger do anything with any data you provide while leaving a comment but I do expect that as a blog hosting company, they will be taking steps to comply with this new law and ensuring full consent is obtained. Here is their policy for you to look at.

European Union (EU) laws require you to give EU visitors information about cookies used on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent. As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to help meet these regulations. The notice lets visitors know about Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies on your blog, including Google Analytics and AdSense cookies. Learn about Google’s privacy practices and how Google uses data on partner sites.

I've put most of this post on my sidebar but it may need to be altered in the future.

10 comments:

  1. Ahhh, there we go. I can comment again as a wordpress guy. Thanks for looking into all that stuff even though you didn't change anything :-D

    And I've been SO frustrated by this whole thing. I'm in the US and as far as I'm concerned, the EU can take a flying leap. But all the companies I use online have an EU presence so they have to abide by that stuff and it trickles down to me.

    Phracking globalization :-(

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    1. Looks like some kind of dumb glitch again...honestly computers can drive you mad at times! I'm glad whatever it is has gone away and you can use as normal again. This whole GDPR thing has been giving me an ulcer. I've heard nothing from Blogger about whether or not I need to do anything so I figured I better construct some kind of privacy thing until I know more. This mess was a good reason for voting Brexit!

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  2. As far as I knew blogspot took care of this and alerts users about their data. I have not made a post but maybe I should? I don't know. I don't use anyone's data either it's all these big corporations that want to do that - not us little guys. Ugg still confused about this.

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    1. I have no idea whether or not I needed to put a privacy notice up-to be honest I don't know what Blogger does with people's data so I've based it on the little I know. It's so confusing isn't it and there seems to be panic everywhere about it. I guess I just did this because I was scared! Why can't we just be told? All the posts I read were for the people who collect data from their blog visitors but as I don't personally do it I couldn't get info on what to do!

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  3. Yeah... it's a major headache, isn't it? I am also fed up with all these hoops we're having to jump though - more so as I'm convinced that while the likes of you and are burst a few blood vessels wrestling with this stuff, the major scam merchants will already have found a way to sidestep all this stuff and STILL be fleecing any unsuspecting soul the day after tomorrow...

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    1. I totally agree with you-those con men aren't losing any sleep over it as they can always get round stuff. I do get why they want to change laws but it's asking a lot of small blog owners questions we don't know the answer to!

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  4. I've put a Privacy Policy page together and linked to it from my blogs - hopefully I've included everything that is needed! Like you, I was expecting some sort of compliance statement from Blogger, but so far all I have noticed is that they've stopped sending me Comment notification emails!!

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    1. I'm a bit annoyed that Blogger is leaving us to stumble around in the dark with this one. I certainly don't need a big fine!

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  5. I basically let Google Blogger handle it all. My blog is for enjoyment and reading and although I like looking at my statistics, I don't use them for anything else. This whole this has given me a headache this week.

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    1. I hope Blogger is handling it all as I can't stop worrying about it!

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