Sorry about this off topic post folks…but it’s the fault of the government of the European Union (EU).
I realize that privacy is important…but the EU has determined that the privacy rights of their citizenry overrides the rights of the citizenry of every other country in the world.
Specifically…the EU has implemented a series of regulations called the General Data Protection Data Regulations (GPDR) which provides citizens of the EU certain rights over the collection of, usage, and/or deletion/retention of said personal data by any entity (including digital) that collects this data. What this means is that if you collect, use, or retain any potentially personal data on a citizen of the EU the website has to specifically state what data is collected and how it’s used. These rights as provided to EU citizens apply worldwide so if an EU citizen visits a website located completely in a foreign country like the USA the EU demands that the non-EU website comply with the EU GDPR rules…and websites are specifically prohibited from banning EU citizens from visiting. To me…it seems like if an EU citizen visits my website said EU citizen has agreed to provide his/her personal data like IP addresses and email address if he/she subscribes to the site…but that’s just me.
So…there are two changes you will see to the site as of today.
- If you visit the page…your IP address and browser of choice are logged. Duh…this is how the internet works.
- If you subscribe to either comments or posts…you will have to provide your email address and click on the subscribe button. If you do that…you’ll get an email saying that somebody tried to subscribe you to the blog and you’ll have to reply to actually be subscribed. Duh…again, this is how the internet works and that series of emails will contain…you guessed it…your email address and the various mail servers and providers it passed through as it went from your device to our web server. If you’re subscribed to either comments or the posts…each email you receive provides a link for unsubscribing. Whether or not your email address is still available to the blog owners directly or not is questionable…I did not research the details of the subscribe/unsubscribe process…but all of that is handled by WordPress.com.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled Fun Stuff© posts.