Sorry to add to all the noise relating to the implementation of the new data privacy rules which come into force on 25 May. Like countless other organisations we’ve waded through the 88 closely-packed pages of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) to figure out what it means and how it applies to us, and this is what we’ve done:
- When you leave comments under a post, or complete the contact form, you now no longer have to leave your email address. Of course, you’re perfectly at liberty to give us your email address (obviously, we can’t respond to you by email if you don’t) but we don’t want to collect data unnecessarily. You may also want to continue to leave your email address when you comment, because regular commenters don’t need to have their comments put in the moderation queue. Last year we moved to https to protect your email address and other data when you fill out those forms.
- We have suspended the use of Gravatars on this site, because when your Gravatar is displayed beside your comment, a really tech-savvy spammer can probably work out what your email address is if they try hard. See this informative article here.
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