New WP policies

New WordPress policy started May 22, 2018. But I don’t know if the policies are new or just the disclosure of them in this way.

If you notice the banner at the bottom of the page on coolies privacy policy, you can view the information about the policies

So I’ve checked them and most of it seems pretty standard. However, there is still always a factor of how third parties use the information they collect, and what user information they are allowed to receive.

This brings to mind thoughts about the internet marketplace. It has me asking questions about the power of advertising, or ad partners. And about the indiscriminate ads that are applied to one’s site, unbeknownst to the site owner. These things bring up issues related to leftist activism, focused at people they disagree with. Seems like there is a can of worms there just waiting to be opened.

A lot of this disclosure, as well as some rules, seem to be based on the EU regulations.

*GDPR — General Data Protection Regulation of the EU

Here is something that stymies my mind. Obviously I am not in the EU. However, one of the WP tools, Akismet, gives you this reminder.

To help your site be compliant with GDPR and other laws requiring notification of tracking, Akismet can display a notice to your users on your contact form. This feature is disabled by default, however, if you or your audience is located in Europe, you need to turn it on.

Now you have no control over who your viewers are. So does that mean just because there is a chance a viewer may be in the EU, you are compelled to comply with GDPR?

Right Ring | Bullright

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