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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2018 at 10:33
Yes, I agree with you there.

I know there is a little time yet before the end date, and so far many of the various forums etc I know seem to have done little. But one community group I belong to is insisting on emailing all members with the requirement that they renew their membership as they have by law to "opt in" to the group.

If this were really the case, Facebook would be contacting millions of people in Europe for the same reason, but in practice all they have done is issue a special privacy statement aplicable to all members in Europe.

As I see it, all members here joined of their own free will, so as long as all can see what personal data the forum stores, and exactly who has access to that data, and of course, an assurance that Cambridge Analytica can't see any of it, we should be covered.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2018 at 18:23
The other bit of information I just read was that the UK government will implement this through UK legislation. A bill is in the process of going through parliament now, and details could be changed in that.
But this whole thing is aimed at commercial use of data, so I doubt we will have too many problems.

I have written a forum privacy statement and will post it shortly as an announcement in this section. I would be grateful to any who have some knowledge on this issue who could read through it and make any useable suggestions. Yes I do mean useable rather than useful, I know what you lot are like.LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote V7Chris Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2018 at 21:19
Brian. The privacy policy says what it needs to. The only comment I would make is that perhaps you could add a sentence to say that users can opt out of forum use/subscription/email notification at any time and that as membership is voluntary, continued use is deemed to be consent of acceptance of the privacy policy? 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Webmaster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2018 at 21:35
I have included the bit about changing the email notifications, but yes, I should give people the option to pull out completely and that all their personal data would then be deleted.
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OK, that's added.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2018 at 22:12
And there is a link to it from the new registration page, and at the bottom when members edit their profiles.

The only thing which is questionable is wheter actual posts count as personal data, so should be deleted if a member decides to leave. I wouldn't have thought so.

It now should be possible to delete posts, but on the other hand, if a member is deleted and the posts are not, then all those posts are attributed to "guest".


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Well done that man. I think all that you need to do to cover the personal info in a post question is to be upfront and say that there is a limited ability to go back and delete info and that people should only post personal info at on this basis.

I reckon you’d be covered then, after all it’s a voluntary forum not a cash cow organisation like face book. The ICO wouldn’t even give this forum a second look. 

Peeps at least would be clear about what they were getting into - informed consent.

Thanks for being so professional about everything. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Apr 2018 at 08:08
We have aways said it's not a good thing to post personal information, especially email addresses on the open forum as search engines and all the other nasty things which trawl the internet can see them.
But equally there is no possibility of going back through an individual's posts to delete specific posts.

Yes, I think maybe a warning within that notice advising members not to post personal information on the open forum would be a good thing.

But I think you're right, we are too small to be seen on the ICO radar - unless of course someone wanted to stir things.

PS, added that point to the notice.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Apr 2018 at 10:33
Looks good to me.

You mention cookies - is it not possible to opt out of these?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Apr 2018 at 12:35
As I understand it, if you deselect the "remember me" button when you log in, then you won't get cookies, but you will have to log in every time.

Also you can scroll down to the bottom of the forum front page and click on the link "clear cookies set by this forum".


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Apr 2018 at 14:19
A lot of sites have a little banner telling users that cookies are being used and allowing opt-out but I suspect that would be built into the board software.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Apr 2018 at 18:05
When you signed up to the forum, there was a notice pointing out the basic rules including the fact that cookies would be placed on your computer.
Cookies are not part of GDPR but were the subject of a previous Directive. It was mainly aimed at third party tracking and advertising cookies, which we don't  allow.

I use a program called CCleaner which clears all the unwanted cookies, internet temp files and so on. I run it just before switching off the PC. Even with that directive, it usually deletes several hundred of them, so I don't think it does much good.
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