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GDPR: Internet Privacy and Data Protection

  • Published: 2018-04-29 (Revised/Updated 2018-05-20) : Author: Disabled World : Contact: disabled-world.com
  • Synopsis: An outline of the EU GDPR and Internet privacy and data protection changes on Disabled World.

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NOTE: Some of the information below may change, or be expanded on, as we research and trial the best way to ensure compliance with the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25th 2018.

After 4 years of preparation and debate the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved by EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. The date for enforcement is 25 May 2018. From its charter: "The protection of natural persons in relation to the processing of personal data is a fundamental right."

The GDPR will affect companies located in the European Union as well as those that have operations and customers there too. For children under 16, a person holding "parental responsibility" must opt-in to data collection on their behalf.

The GDPR also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. Because GDPR is a regulation, not a directive, it does not require national governments to pass any enabling legislation and is directly binding and applicable - For further information visit the GDPR page on Wikipedia.

With Internet privacy being in the news so much lately, and the coming of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) user consent policy on May 25th 2018, we decided to write an outline on how Disabled World treats and safeguards your personal information.

The aim of the GDPR is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world.

Personal data under the GDPR means any information related to a natural person or 'Data Subject', that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person. It can be anything from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking, forums, or websites with comment areas, medical information, or a computer IP address.

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I am sure other nations will also be adopting their own data protection laws/rules, a global version for all would be far easier to implement and would reshape the way organizations across the globe approach online data safety and storage.

In light of the fast approaching GDPR compliance date (May 25th 2018), everyday more and more websites are deleting and removing various plug-ins such as, 3rd party social media share buttons, website analytic programs, user comments, comment scripts, forums etc. that have been collecting and sometimes selling your personal information, browsing history and online surfing habits. From May 25th onwards websites will be required to seek permission of EU website visitors to allow tracking cookies, data gathering, personalized ads - in fact anything that can identify you or your browsing habbits on a web site.

We at Disabled World realized well over a year ago that Internet privacy, tracking cookies, targeted advertising based on a visitors browser history etc. was becoming like the "Wild West" and getting way out of line and we were not comfortable with our visitors, many who have disabilities, information possibly being gathered and used by 3rd parties for targeting, and other data gathering purposes - And it seems our foresight was correct! Just over the past year major data breaches such as;

Ashley Madison Hack - In July 2015, a group calling itself "The Impact Team" stole the user data of Ashley Madison, a dating website for extramarital affairs. Because of the site's policy of not deleting users' personal information – including real names, home addresses, search history and credit card transaction records, the group were able to copy the site's user base and threatened to release user names and personally identifying information if the site would not immediately shut down. On 18 and 20 August, the group leaked more than 25 gigabytes of company data, including private user details.

And many other data breaches are occurring daily on smaller sites without adequate security in place.

How We Protect Your Privacy on Disabled World

We are currently working on becoming GDPR compliant by May 25th, 2018, when the ruling becomes law. Once we have ensured all pages are in compliance we will update this page and our new cookie and  privacy policy pages to reflect the changes.

What Countries are in the European Union (EU)?

There are currently 28 countries that make up the EU, they are listed below including the EU country abbreviations:
(Full list of ISO 3166 World Country Codes)

List of EU Countries and Country Codes
Austria - AT Italy - IT
Belgium - BE Latvia - LV
Bulgaria - BG Lithuania - LT
Croatia - HR Luxembourg - LU
Cyprus - CY Malta - MT
Czech Republic - CZ Netherlands - NL
Denmark - DK Poland - PL
Estonia - EE Portugal - PT
Finland - FI Romania - RO
France - FR Slovakia - SK
Germany - DE Slovenia - SI
Greece - GR Spain - ES
Hungary - HU Sweden - SE
Ireland - IE United Kingdom - GB

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