First of all, thanks to everyone who replied to my question. I read a couple of articles on this and the more I read the more confused I got, which is not surprising since I am old and set in my ways. I don’t do TECH and that is apparent on my blog. I try new things and just when I think it’s safe to go back in the water….yikes! A new rule arrives. Here is the gist of it as far as I can see, and of course I am nearsighted:

Most of the articles that popped up were from businesses wanting you to purchase their app. Probably the reason it’s popping up so much in WP for me is because I block cookies and ads as much as possible.

I complained about this when I had to upgrade my email account on yahoo, one I’ve had since 1999. I lost old addresses, now have a cluster of new ones mainly businesses which I never contact, and always ads in my inbox which blocked as spam, keep reappearing. Needless to say I am terribly disappointed in their new format and when asked, tell them so.

You can teach an old dog new tricks if they want to learn, but what if they don’t?


6 thoughts on “GDPR

  1. Many bloggers are overly concerned with GDPR than they need to be. If you own your own domain and have an email list, then yes, you need to change your opt-in/opt-out process slightly. For those on sites, they handle all that…which is why any blog that you have not already visited after GDPR deadline will have the new “accept cookie” notification. Most sites use cookies simply to remember who has visited that site AND in regards to the comment section. Some bloggers have already made their jobs much easier by not requiring email addresses at the time of making a comment. I always thought that weird and never commented if they wanted my email address. One problem with GDPR implementation (as far as the new rules goes), is that people don’t understand what it is really. I was talking with one person who was upset because they thought they needed to close their blog (hosted on a private domain), but they did not maintain a mailing list, customer database, or use cookies on their site. Needless to say they were quite relieved to know they didn’t need to close. I have noticed many sites on have gone private because they think that will solve the issue. Even the most complex websites can meet requirements with a short checklist (not that the coding is always that easy). Most ethical sites have nothing to fear because they set up their sites the way they like to browse…no ads, no cookies, no widgets. All those things collect some form of personal information. In the long run, it will make unsubscribing from newsletters you never meant to sign up for much easier. Mailing lists are no longer allowed to have pre-selected boxes.

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  2. GDPR is a great confusion and burden for bloggers. I now included a privacy police in my blog, deleted all share buttons and now have also this stupid cookie-button. Whether this is all now in compliance, I really do not know, at least I have shown my good will. A lot of blogs already closed, in privacy modus or without the possibility to like and/or comment anymore. How ridiculous and annoying!

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