You may have noticed that just about every site and service and platform you use online has been updating their privacy policies lately. That’s because of GDPR, the European General Data Protection Regulation that goes into effect on May 25. We’re not going to go into how the General Data Protection Regulation got started or exactly what it says, because you’re already on the internet and there are plenty of very comprehensive rundowns of it just a search away. Basically it’s a huge, internationally-binding set of rules about people’s rights when it comes to the use and control of their personal data. Yes, you guessed it, this started out as a slap at certain U.S.-based online companies who’d been pretty much just doing whatever the hell they wanted with all the user data they were collecting. GDPR doesn’t just apply to people in the EU, though, or to sites or companies based in the EU – it applies to every website that a person from the EU might visit that also collects personal data. Which, because of features like commenting, subscribing, and analytics, is pretty much all of us.

So, a few changes to the site had to be made. I added a Privacy Policy page, and linked it in the sidebar navigation so it would be visible and accessible on every page. Just so we’re clear about what that says (because I know 99% of you aren’t going to go read it), I don’t actively collect user data on my site and don’t use passively collected data for any purpose except analytics, site security, and mocking wannabe hackers, and I don’t share user data with any third parties. For purposes of compliance theater, some redundant new CMOA text has been added to the Subscribe box – although the box itself may be going away soon anyway. Analytics has been reset to only keep user data for a limited amount of time. And if you want all of your personal data deleted from this site’s database, all you have to do is email me and, thanks to the latest WordPress update, I supposedly now have the ability to do that for you.

I’ll save the rant about overreach, censorship, and how nobody seems to have ever watched Hot Fuzz (“It’s for the greater good!) for another post. 😉

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