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NTHellWorld GameServers and Websites / Re: GDPR, NTHW and You
« Last post by MovedGoalPosts on Today at 12:33 AM »
I've just signed a new contract and received the following email

I had to phone them up and ask for an explanation of the questions  :lol:

I've removed the company name - it's not really fair on the afflicted ;)

But that has to be just about the most gobbledegook email I've seen yet.  After all a company is not a person, so are they referring to themselves, or the data they might hold of their own clients  ???
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NTHellWorld GameServers and Websites / Re: GDPR, NTHW and You
« Last post by IMPz on Yesterday at 10:47 PM »
I've just signed a new contract and received the following email

In light of the forthcoming changes and impending introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) we are contacting all of our registered suppliers who have access to our personal data. Could you please complete the four questions below in relation to your use of [Some Company Who Should Remain Nameless] personal data.
Once we have established the nature and purpose of your activities with our data, we will send a GDPR addendum to our existing supplier contract, or a new supplier contract should one not be in place. This will cover the new GDPR requirements, including purpose, legal justifications, retention and destruction of [That Same Company] personal data. 
Please can you respond to this email by the 25th May 2018 which I’m sure you know is the implementation of the new GDPR requirements within the UK.


1     The subject matter and duration of the Personal Data Processing
2     The nature and purpose of the Personal Data Processing
3     The type of Personal Data being Processed
4     The categories of Data Subjects

I had to phone them up and ask for an explanation of the questions  :lol:



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NTHellWorld GameServers and Websites / Re: GDPR, NTHW and You
« Last post by MovedGoalPosts on Yesterday at 09:47 PM »
From what my workplace currently understands, new clients are easier to deal with as you collect their consent to hold stuff as they join your business and if they don't consent they probably won't become a client.  It's existing ones that are more problematic as you have to spell out to them the new policies.  You may need to reconfirm their consent to continue to use their data, giving them the rights to opt out (hence the spam overloads in the last few days of the world and his wife telling you of new policies and requiring opt in / out depending on their interpretation of rules).  But for many organisations, simply to allow stuff to function you have to hold some data which could be considered personal.  My limited understanding is that this is not so much about what you hold, but why you hold it and what you do (or as importantly) cannot do with it, and that you do make all proper steps to keep stuff secure and prevent abuse.

Data Protection responsibilities are a good thing.  But once again, despite our frequently being told that government wants to cut bureaucracy and red tape, we get exactly the opposite.
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NTHellWorld GameServers and Websites / Re: GDPR, NTHW and You
« Last post by Ramrod on Yesterday at 09:35 PM »
afaik, any data that we hold pertaining to existing users which was obtained in a reasonable manner (ie to sign up here etc) is deemed toalready have had consent. I believe that it's new sign ups (after the 25/5/18) that need to have all this gdpr stuff applied to.
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NTHellWorld GameServers and Websites / Re: GDPR, NTHW and You
« Last post by MovedGoalPosts on Yesterday at 07:54 PM »
We don't require real names, or link it to any account user profile (there is no direct place that you could post that in the profile), but some users may give that away in content they post.  Similarly we won't know someone's address unless they posted it in a thread somewhere.  It's entirely optional in the user profile if a birth date is given (for which we have no means of verification), and those users who chose to give all or part of that usually do so because they want the forum to send birthday greetings.  As user profiles can be amended at any time, by the user, they are free to delete it, but it's not reasonable for admins to have to run around cleaning things up for people.

The forum does need to retain email addresses linked to accounts.  Users can chose whatever email they want, and through the profile can change it, but it would have to be valid to allow the account to register or be updated.  In common with most message board systems a unique email is the one piece of data that enables user accounts to be verified.  It's not to be encouraged, and patterns will often emerge where users try and register duplicate accounts with different email addresses.  We can't do that by IP address alone as in a lifetime of forum use we visit from so many different locations that most IP's will end up overlapping with many others.  Blocking spammers and other dubious users on IP alone is doomed to failure, and deterrence of many legitimate people, so email address is the only control.  We don't give out the email address of users, and unless the user has chosen to allow their email to be public only the few forum moderators would be able to see it.

At present a lot of interpretation of GPDR is vague.  Major businesses are scurrying around to try and work out what to do.  A small site like this is at the bottom of the pile and until I see some definitive guidance that something needs to be changed, I believe the existing privacy and website policies under which NTHW is operated, are sufficient.
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Computer Gaming / Re: The Going On Thread
« Last post by bopdude on Yesterday at 05:24 PM »
TNG ? ;D
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NTHellWorld GameServers and Websites / Re: GDPR, NTHW and You
« Last post by Stormpr00ter on Yesterday at 12:47 PM »
The only thing that may be required, is that in the situation where someone leaves the forum, we anonymise any personal information, like "real" name, email address or contact details in their user profile, if they exist, and that person demands we do so.
Anything that has been posted on the threads should be fine, as it would be unreasonable to expect a forum administrator to trawl through all messages to remove any personal information.
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General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday MovedGoalPosts
« Last post by madonion_uk on Yesterday at 12:15 PM »
Belated happy birthday MGP, hope you had a great day!  :bdayballoon:
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General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Klinsman
« Last post by madonion_uk on Yesterday at 12:14 PM »
Belated happy birthday Klins, hope you had a great day! :)
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General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Dutchie
« Last post by madonion_uk on Yesterday at 12:14 PM »
Belated happy birthday Dutchie, hope you had a fabulous day!
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