Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Europe's privacy rules could affect US users and bloggers; more on FOSTA creeps in



Emily Stewart has a detailed explanation of Europe’s new rules on data privacy, which, yes, will hit Facebook particularly hard.  
  
Stewart also gives an account of Zuckerberg’s apparent flippancy in Brussels.
  
But European regulations are forcing all major tech companies to reissue their privacy policies.
One of the most controversial is “the right to be forgotten”, which has long caused Google to honor search engine delete requests in Europe.
  

Theoretically, even Bloggers (who normally have to publish privacy policies to satisfy advertisers) would have to publish rules for the EU.  Blogger has separate tld’s for European countries, but these won’t separate out for custom domains.
  
I don’t have very many instances were European citizens would have some reason to have a reference to them removed from a blog post.  But back over ten years ago, I got two or three requests to remove names from the flat website files associated with my books (including at least one book footnote mention, which stays in the POD version).

As I’ve noted before, new concerns about downstream liability exposure (as after the Backpage FOSTA law) could lead web hosts, as well as social media, to want customers to become more transparent about how they are funded and about their intentions, and how their online presence is setup.  Mine has evolved over the years and become complicated.  As a reminder, the master index now is here

The Hill has a recent article on FOSTA, with its defusing of arguments of sex workers and its sloppy use of terminology: “accountability of Internet service providers”.   Go back and reread the Vox article by Ajit Romano linked here April 24.  I was rather shocked to see that Google had actually reviewed Google Drive content for trafficking. 

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