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General Data Protection Regulation - The Thread
Post Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:43 am
Hi guys,

today I´m opening a thread about a serious topic: The General Data Protection Regulation, which becomes active as of my 25th, 2018. It´s already known for two years, but with the beginning of may 25th, every webmaster and forum owners are forced to prepare their sites for this. If not, extremely high fees will be need to pay if an ´attorney´ takes notes of it.. from 350$ to, uh, 20 millions. A personal insolvency could be the result, many boards on the web are closing their doors right now, but it´s possible to prepare a website/a board.

But what does that Regulation mean? It´s a law standardised within the EU to protect the personal data of all people. Laws and rules of single countries won´t be active anymore regarding this (with some exceptions[?]). It´s a very complicated topic and I am already working on my site to prevent any issues.

So let´s work together on this! I didn´t understood everything about it yet, so it´s helpful if we talk about it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation
https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en

To be honest, I think it makes no sense at all because if you register yourself on a website or forum, you agree that your personal data can be used. I think it´s way to make money, like it was with illegal downloads some years ago. I guess it will be forgotten in a few years.

What´s important? I guess it´s necessary to have an imprint. It has to be cleared what your website is made for and the reason why you´re using their data (name, birthdate, your hometown/country ect.). If you use a counter, you should write down what kind of data the counter collects (browser, IP adress, which pages the visitor is looking at, their country ect.). If your website uses cookies, it has to be clear what the cookies are doing and if they are only session cookies or not. It has to be clear that the webmaster doesn´t give personal data to foreign people, but if a specific user wants the informations about his own data you kept, you have to give it to him/her.
The good thing is that this is a video games website, so there aren´t really personal informations to find on the main site. For the forum, it´s needed to hide the people´s profiles I guess. Birthdates, hometowns and countries need to be hide as well (again, I think it´s bullshit). The membermap is a problem too =/ Also good is that not much photos of people are used here. If yes, maybe it´s better to put a copyright sign on them or better, having their permission that they can be used by you.

This is all I can do right now. I know it´s much text, but compared to the rest of the internet, SMS Power is one of the last sites which are important to me. If anybody has questions or helpful ideas, don´t hesitate to write everything down what´s in your mind.

Cheers,
Gordman
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Post Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 12:10 pm
I'm aware of GDPR but I have chosen to ignore it as somethig where I can reactively do something (edit posts) if necessary. All data shared here is with knowledge that it will be shown as it is, and I don't think we have to do the German impressum stuff. We don't share anything except where we use Google analytics, which I may just remove.
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Post Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 12:15 pm
Hmm, you still should think about removing the membermap and hiding the locations and birthdates of members. Just to be on the save side. The imprint stuff is needed in Germany, that´s right. I don´t know how that is handled in France or Great Britain, but I thought it´s better to mention it.
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Post Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 4:55 pm
All those information are input by the user with the intent of sharing it. Users can remove the info from their profile if they don't want it in.
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Post Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:57 pm
That´s absolutely true. But tell it to ´them´ ;) If you don´t take this serious it´s up to you. I just hope nothings gonna happen to your site because of those pricks.
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Post Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:20 am
from what I understood, it all concerns personal data that the user *don't* want to share (otherwise sites like FB wouldn't exist at all ;) )

In any case, you should never ever share with anyone the data that isn't meant to be shared, like e-mail addresses, passwords - or you might have troubles.
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Post Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:30 pm
From what I´ve understood, just to be clear: What the EU wants overweights what the users want and what website owners think. Website owners MUST hide the data. After may 25th, a hunt on websites and boards is going to start.

I feel like an idiot now, trying to warn you but people laugh at me. At least it feels like that. Bocky, please take it serious and please take your time to read yourself through it. Of course they are hunting big sites like Facebook first before going to smaller sites, but don´t feel safe.It doesn´t matter where your server is; if your service is used by people inside the EU, the GDPR is active. Let´s hope it doesn´t have a long life chance, but I guess it has and they will change it a few times. It´s similar to that damn ACTA stuff (which happily never became reality).
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