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.
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.
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.