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Site changes due to GDPR - a work in progress

Discussion in 'Site Information' started by Amin Sabet, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 3, 2010
    As some of you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. GDPR is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy which aims to give all EU citizens and residents control over their personal data.

    I am doing everything I can do to comply with GDPR. Unfortunately, I am just one person who owns and operates these sites as a hobby, and the GDPR is incredibly complicated and difficult to understand.

    In some cases, this will mean a loss of site functionality. For example, I don't know of a way to make our push notifications via OneSignal compliant with the GDPR, and I don't have time to figure it out, so those push notifications will probably be removed from the site altogether.

    I'll try to keep this thread updated with any site changes required due to GDPR.
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 3, 2010
    Unfortunately I have to remove Pushbullet and Pushover as well.
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  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 3, 2010
    Facebook and Twitter integration have been removed. That means that they cannot be used for login anymore. If you need help accessing your account, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page.
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  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 3, 2010
    Email is now being handled directly from our server rather than via Amazon SES.
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  5. Bobby Tingle

    Bobby Tingle Super Moderator Moderators Team

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Thank you for all of the hard work in keeping this whole thing going, Amin!!!
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  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Moderators Team

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    well I hope everything works out OK. Seems like some growing pains are ahead. I hope everyone understands the amount of work this is taking on your part and can look past whatever inconveniences they may need to deal with because of all this.
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  7. One of us at least is happy about that. facebook has been everywhere and I never knew how bad things were until recently... I left there again and will never return.
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  8. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    Yeah, from a privacy pov, less facebook integration is not a bad thing.

    I kinda doubt that all that many website owners will put as much effort into being gdpr compliant, but seeing you do so makes me appreciate you and your websites even more, Amin!
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  9. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Moderators Team

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Speaking as someone who lives in the UK, GDPR is both a good thing and a monumental PITA. It's good because data stewardship needs to be tightened up. It's a PITA because what it will take to comply is not completely clear to anyone.

    PLEASE be patient with and understanding to Amin while he wrestles with this. There really are no quick fixes and he is absolutely doing the right things.
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  10. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK

    I don't think I've been using any of the functionality which has been removed, so I won't miss it.

    Do what you need to do to keep the site running and compliant, and many thanks for all your hard work.

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  11. Plaatje

    Plaatje Veteran

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hope it will all work out well. Succes Admin!
    I personally don't care about Facebook, just left there . . . .
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  12. BrianS

    BrianS Super Moderator Moderators Team

    Apr 3, 2013
    I quit Facebook when they demanded my Cell-Phone number, refused to share it with them and asked for my account to be deleted.
    Evidently, Facebook collects data on people without accounts when websites are "Facebook enabled", according to Facebook:

    Facebook Newsroom on Twitter

    Good move disabling these third-party data collectors.

    GDPR is going to raise a lot of confusion for most websites, especially the small ones.
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  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 3, 2010
    Site should now be exclusively showing non-personalized ads in Europe now.
  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 3, 2010
    All ads besides MPB have now been removed for the EU.
  15. rmcnelly

    rmcnelly Veteran

    Jan 3, 2018
    Portsmouth, VA
    Links to the other camera forums have been removed from the top menu? Seems the same thing happened on Mu-43.
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 3, 2010
    I removed them to save space. Still considering where I can put them back...
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  17. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 3, 2010
    Sorry for making everyone accept the Terms and Privacy Policy again.

    There were no substantive changes since the last iteration, but the forum software changed how they record consent, and it was needed to comply with the GDPR.

    I am trying to avoid mass emails, which are even more annoying IMO.
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  18. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 3, 2010
    I am in the process of disabling all email notifications related to this site. That means that no one will get emails for PMs, watched threads, last week's popular topics, etc. Once those changes have been made, I'll update this thread with instructions about how to opt back in to those emails if you wish to do so.
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  19. Covey22

    Covey22 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    Late to the thread, life accelerated.

    I feel your pain. Providing pro bono work to several sites, GDPR is a serious black hole for compliance. It's understandable to turn down/off features until operational reality (and yes, the inevitable lawsuit waves) catch up to reveal the legislation's loopholes/weaknesses/gotchas. Keep up the good work Amin!
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