EU GDPR Compliance Burden

Who we are

My website address is: https://vgreese.com. Since I am not a lawyer and definitely don’t practice law in the European Union, I am sure everything I do here is illegal there. If they find out, I will be extradited and then taken to someplace horrible for some extraordinary rendition until I spill my secrets. That is just the way of the world.

If I am missing something that the GDPR requires, I am sure it will be exploited. I am sure the GDPR itself will be exploited by people and will be used to bring down websites or to sue people by nefarious actors. It is disappointing that it is so predictable.

As someone who spends $20 a year to maintain this site, the laws of a collective of countries I don’t live in or care about have already cost me a significant amount of effort, exceeding the $20 I spend. I wonder if I can send them a bill for my wasted time.

I assume I should just block all IPs from the European Union. Of course, they could use a proxy and then still attack my site and get me extradited for my horrible crimes against their data. I await my twenty million Euro fine for data mishandling eagerly.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Since there really isn’t a way for you to upload images here, I only leave this because someone might find a way and then I get a twenty million Euro fine.

Contact forms

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. You can log out of your account, and then the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. I don’t do a single thing other than that with any information, but I am sure I will be fined.