I wrote about GDPR, a European Union regulation for privacy protection in an earlier post. GDPR will be fully enforced starting Friday of next week, May 25th, 2018. This regulation forces not only major-league players like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and so on to comply. Also, any smaller sites available to European users must comply with GDPR. So, if your site collects any user data, regardless if you sell something or not, it too must comply or face a hefty possible fine.
Win10.Guru & Privacy
We here at Win10.Guru do not need to collect any personal data from our readers, if you decline to let us store it. Naturally, for statistical reasons we will collect the following information if you decide to accept our cookies:
- Referral URL
- Our pages you visit and time spent per page
- Operating system on user device
- Country (geolocation)
- Hash based on your IPv4 or IPv6 network address
None of this information can be used to identify you. It can’t even reveal your location in any more detail than your country of origin (based on IP address). Our provider masks all IP addresses, and assigns them a hash value which can only be used to tell if you are a returning visitor or a new one:
Our new terms & conditions, including GDPR related information, will be in place on Thursday, May 24th 2018.
The situation changes a little if you decide to subscribe to our site or if you post a comment. When you subscribe, your email is needed to let you know about new posts. There’s no way around it: that’s the whole idea behind a subscription. The same applies when you want to leave a comment. Regardless of whether you tick the “Notify me of new comments via email” box or not, an email address or alternatively a WordPress, Google, Twitter or Facebook account is needed.
Today, we changed our subscription system. From now on, we’ll use a plugin that makes it easy to comply with GDPR. We will only collect and store your email address and whatever name you use as the sender name provided in your account settings. We cannot connect that email address or name to any visitor statistics, meaning we will not collect any data that tells us how often you visit our site.
On Thursday, May 24th 2018 your current Win10.guru subscription will be cancelled. On that day, the subscription and its associated email address will be permanently removed from our database. I hope you will continue subscribing to Win10.Guru anyway, but you must set up a new subscription using the Subscribe box in the right-hand sidebar visible on all Win10.Guru pages and posts. Starting today, you have ten days time to re-subscribe.
Our new subscription system requires you to confirm your subscription by sending an email with a confirmation link. If you click that link, thereafter each and every email from us will contain an unsubscribe link. Should you ever want to unsubscribe, simply use that link in any email you have received from us. After the next database update, performed at least once a day, everything we know about you will be removed from our database. We will respect your choice, and promise not to bother you.
As the GDPR requires, you can request all information we have about you at any time. I can tell you already that this data contains at most your name and email address. That said, in case you want to confirm this for yourself, please request your records.
Personally, I think the GDPR is a change for the good, because it forces sites to better take care of user data in a very transparent way. I hope you don’t mind it, either. Why would you mind, your privacy is important to us!
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.