WordPress should be clearer (GDPR)

The 4.9.6 release includes new Privacy features. On the release post it says :

Data Erasure
Site owners can erase a user’s personal data, including data collected by participating plugins.

“Data”.
I really do think that this should have been spelled out a lot better. It’s not in the Codex that I could find.

Say very precisely what will happen.

I wanted to know and the only way to check was to try it.

I made a comment on my last post. This is what I saw in the site admin:

I then entered that email address into the Tools > Erase Personal Data page in site admin and I clicked the link

This shows

I click the button and go to Comments

So the result is that:
– the name is removed
– the url to their website is removed
– the email is removed
– the last octet of their IP is removed
– and the comment remains intact

WordPress really could have done a much better job and explained this to all it’s users.

(and don’t forget that as I get emails whenever a comment is left that will always have all the information now removed from the site. And if it’s in a search engine? Good luck with that..)

This GDPR junk

This is what I am doing.

1. There is no cookie banner/widget
Why? Because this site does not set a cookie unless you comment. You can read every post, every comment and no cookie will be set. Nothing.

2. Tracking
I track nothing. I use no stats plugin, I have switched off the Jetpack data collection.
There IS IP tracking at the server level but I have zero control over that. If it bugs you so much that your IP is stored then contact my host – http://krystal.co.uk – because I can’t help.

3. Comments
If you decide to leave a comment there is a checkbox. Read it. Decide what you want to do.

4. Comment removal
See the all-new super-shiny Privacy Policy page. Look up for the link.

5. Data processing
I don’t do it. WordPress plonks your comment data into the database. If – and only if – someone looks at the post then your comment is fetched and displayed.
It is not processed.
I’m sure a lawyer could argue otherwise but I don’t give a crap.

I don’t hold a gun to your head and make you enter information here.
I don’t try at all to find out any more about you.
I will delete what you ask.

That’s it. That’s the full extent of my complying.

GDPR Violation

I’m a UK citizen, I live in the UK and the servers this site lives on are UK based. So the GDPR absolutely applies and hey, I have no clue who see’s this site. I NEVER look at stats or that stuff.

I couldn’t give a shit.

Apparently I have to though.

Yeah yeah yeah the EU will go after the big guys but illegal is still illegal, yes?

The fucking problem is that no-one is telling personal fucking bloggers what they can or should fucking do.

“Talk to a lawyer”. FFS.

I could delete everything and have a 404 page but if you visit that I still get data. Is that data governed by the GDPR? I have no fucking clue.

My Cpanel has some stats thing. At least I assume it does (never looked) – I couldn’t give a monkey’s about stats (I posted years ago that I’d rather have one visitor and one comment than a thousand visitors and no comments) – and I have zero control over what it collects. Does it violate GDPR? No fucking clue. Am I going to pay to find out? GTFO.

As I see it the only 100% safe option is to point my name servers somewhere else. Then no traffic hits me so no worries.

“Hey fuckwit, you are over-reacting!!!”
Really?
Cool.
Then you tell me how my site is GDPR compliant. And indemnify me.
Still cool?
Thought not….

Zuckerberg. Data thief.

Ads again. He’s one slimy mofo.

I have ‘uninstalled’ the facebook app from my phone.

I then searched for and disabled the remaining facebook processes (there were 4).

That was several days ago.

On my Windows machine – which has NEVER logged into facebook – I logged into Amazon and bought a fan. And when using Menutab on my Mac I open facebook what do I see?

An advert for the same fan I bought.

Mark Zuckerberg is a total slimy lowlife scum sucking lying mother fuckering bastard.

May 25.

That’s the date.

GDPR.

#fuckfacebook

The world would be a better place without him.

fb targeted ads – my turn.

2 evenings ago J said she only really used her phone to tell the time when she wakes at night. I mentioned maybe getting a projection clock. The conversation moved on without an answer.
Last evening J said that a projection clock might be a good idea, so I started looking.
On my phone I opened the Amazon Shopping app and looked through various options. Nothing looked good.
Later yesterday I was sitting at my desktop machine and searched again as I was gaming online. I opened Firefox to do this. I was not logged into Amazon.

I need a voice activated clock. I know Alexa will tell the time when asked and so does J but if she wants a projection clock I’ll do what I can to get her one. Anyway, I browsed Amazon and found nothing. I closed Firefox.

Years ago I realised that Firefox loads and works faster if there is no cache. So my FF settings are to delete everything on quit.

I do not have FF sync.
I do not have fb (or even twitter) on my phone.

Earlier, on my desktop PC I opened Menutab for facebook. I see this:

So where is menutab loading cookies? I asked them:

Thank you for writing in, MenuTab for Facebook stores it information in the following folder:

~/Library/Containers/com.fiplab.facetab

It does not use any external browser cache.

To recap:
– I searched in the Amazon app on a phone.
– I searched in non-logged-in Firefox on a different machine
and yet I get targeted ads.

Explain that one.

I hate ads.

On Firefox I use uMatrix, uBlock Origin, Privacy Badger and Ghostery. Overkill? Maybe but I don’t care.

Ads on mobile I hate even more. But now? Blokada to the rescue.
It’s free.
It’s open source.
It’s Android only.
And it works.

Highly recommended.

John Peel and censorship

There was a conversation in a work Slack channel about memories we have when significant events happen. Reagan being shot, 9/11, Mandela’s release, Diana. I remembered that I’d posted when John Peel died – this was pre-Twitter – so I thought I’d find the post.

Into Bing I go. No result
I try DDG. No result.
As a last attempt, I try Google
site:romanticrobot.net john peel
and I STILL see no result.

Weird.

But I do see this:
Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more

So for some weird reason my post here – http://romanticrobot.net/2004/10/26/rip-john-peel/ – does not appear in search engines.

Odd.

It’s hardly controversial, is it.

Snoonet & PIA

Statement today from Private Internet Access:

Private Internet Access is honored to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Snoonet. As a long time supporter of Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Snoonet is a natural addition to Private Internet Access’s yearly donation efforts.

Snoonet is a true Internet community platform with a mission in which we can proudly stand with in solidarity. Society and communication are important and nowhere is that more apparent than online. We share this world together. We share interests together. Let’s as a world commit our efforts to making community better. We’re in this together.


We’re in this together.
Really?

what the fuck? rdv was logging the entire network for a month?
pastebin

rdv owns Snoonet.

So while you might trust PIA certainly don’t trust what passes for reddit’s IRC channel.