Letter from the Editor GDPR

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ZEKE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Zeke here.  I am in the back-room of the Feline Cafe sorting through lots of papers, and I have some thoughts to share with you on GDPR.

GDPR

First off, some people are in a panic over this GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) from the EU.  Others never heard of it!  Don’t panic.  They are in force TODAY!  The law covers the entire world!  Not just the EU, but the entire world!  Any foreign site a EU member clicks on is bound by the the data collection and disclosure rules backed up by stiff monetary fines–so the EU says.  You get fined if you don’t comply.  Sounds like a great money making scheme to me.  How many millions of websites are there in the world?  The idea the day after implementation they are coming after you, hobby blogger, is unrealistic. If you sell things, you have a little more to worry about.  If you have a WordPress blog, here is a link to the May 14 WordPress Blog GDPR update that tells what WordPress has done and is doing.  See:

WordPress Blog GDPR updates

I see WordPress.org blogs and paid business WordPress.com blogs have new plugins for you to install.  They say the free WordPress.com blogs like mine are going to get taken care of as well.  The blog says it will happen in the next few Weeks. A “new cookies and consent banner” is now in widgets.

I found another long but somewhat readable post about the GDPR, what it means, and suggestions what to do at the following location:

What the heck is the GDPR and how to make sure your blog is compliant

Some people are under the notion that making your blog “Private” so only invited subscribers can visit will solve the problem.  That would only be true if you excluded EU members from your blog.  Simply allowing members to comment on your private blog collects their data and makes you bound by the rules.  As far as the “Likes” are concerned, the likes are a difficult and complicated subject to address.  There are lots of “spammy” likers who just “like” me and hope I will click on their “like” and visit their spammy website.  I decided to turn “Likes” off. Are the EU privacy police going to come knocking on my door or yours over “Likes”?  Not like-ly!

Comments of course collect name, URL, and email addresses.  A consent button to collect this data for the commenter is coming out for this.

Next week we will find something new to panic over!

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25 Comments

  1. Auch in der Bloggerwelt gab es viel Panik und einige Blogger haben aufgehört….dabei gibt es das ja schon viel länger nur jetzt mit Stichdatum ging es durch die Medien.

    Dem “kleinen Mann” wird auf die Finger gekloppt und die “grossen Herren” können weitermachen wie bisher…gerade was Überwachung angeht 😉

    Danke dir für deine liebe Begrüßung bei mir und ganz liebe Grüsse an dich

    N☼va

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  2. aww geez, I just clicked the “close and accept” on the privacy & cookies before I clicked my post comment and the comment disappeared. I hope it reached you anways. The Privacy & cookies thing keep popping back up, btw, even after I hit close and accept

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      1. yeah, that’s what I don’t like about all this GDPR. Things were working fine but now with the new rules people are adding things to comply and somethings aren’t working. At least WP is trying to help us with all this.

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        1. For us small fry, I think it is all eyewash with regards to the rules. It is the Europeans who are really sweating it! Thanks for your comment. I have not got the only broken cookie banner. Some I notice work and some don’t.

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    1. I looked at it and it is similar to most of them covering the important points. Can’t say I’m an expert though. I am just muddling through like the rest trying to figure it out.. Thanks for your comment Ellen. Glad my Weekend Selfie is tomorrow! Need a change of subject!

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  3. Hi Zeke, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Odd, the “Privacy & Cookies” Banner, asks that you “close and accept” by clicking on the button (allowing you to think you have a choice in the matter), yet the left hand side of the banner reads, “By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.” It seems to me, and I may be mistaken, but you really have no choice if you want to visit a website. More so, I find that there is no true way to completely disable “likes” (I’ve had this issue myself), while you can disable the likes from the actual post, you can’t disable them from the reader, seems to be the same kind of thing with sharing. I’m quite sure information has been collected all along, why now are “they” letting us know it’s being collected? Is this a “Wag the Dog”, a distraction from some other more invasive act? Are we living a perpetual Kafkaesque version of Nineteen Eighty-Four? Zeke, please feel free to delete my comment if you wish. Also please wish Greg a Happy Friday, along with your other house mates, and of course you too have a Happy Friday! ~ Mia

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    1. I am aware of the “Like” problems–cannot really seem to get rid of them! When the demise of physical books comes in the future, the 1984 rewriting of history will be easy. It is being done now. A high school history book from the 1950’s is quite different than one in schools today. Banners, buttons, and privacy statements are just really eyewash. Nothing really changed. Thanks for your comment and visit, Mia. Good weekend to you too!

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  4. Thanks Zeke! Glad you cleared up this “business” I read a lot about it and finally determined too that WordPress.com (free one) takes care of the compliance for us. We can’t install plugins like the WordPress.org (hosted one). Happy Memorial Day! 🇺🇸 Christine

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  5. Thank you, Zeke! This is so much more understandable than other things I have read. I guess the EU thinks that it’s still possible to protect users from all the creeps hanging out on the Internet. If they do have the magic potion, I hope they share it.

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