New EU “General Data Protection Regulation” goes into effect May 25

A new privacy law goes into effect May 25.  It’s supposed to only effect EU citizens but there are many changes rumored to be taking effect in advance of the new legislation.  According to the Verge:

From Google to Slack, companies are quietly updating terms, rewriting contracts, and rolling out new personal data tools in preparation for a massive shift in the legal landscape.

What is it?

The General Data Protection Regulation is a rule passed by the European Union in 2016, setting new rules for how companies manage and share personal data. In theory, the GDPR only applies to EU citizens’ data, but the global nature of the internet means that nearly every online service is affected, and the regulation has already resulted in significant changes for US users as companies scramble to adapt.

So what does this mean for Wikipedia?
Might this perchance mean changes to checkuser?

From the mailing list?  Crickets.
The Wikimedia blog?  Crickets.

The Signpost?  A miracle edition just came out today, thanks to Kudpung who is taking a few victory laps over ACTRIAL, and you guessed it.  Crickets.

UPDATE: Salvadrim points out in the comments that, according to the fine print, every time you save an edit you agree to the terms of use.   https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Terms_of_Use/en

save edit to agree to terms of use

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4 thoughts on “New EU “General Data Protection Regulation” goes into effect May 25

  1. Ah, that’s interesting. “If you seek to file a legal claim against us, you agree to file and resolve it exclusively in a state or federal court located in San Francisco County, California.” Can they do that? There’s also a lot of “Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section,…”

    I suppose that makes it harder for an individual to take legal action, but easier for some other entity, like a government. I’m trying to imagine Europe suing Wikipedia, and how that could possibly be enforced; on the other hand, it’s probably not the kind of publicity they are looking for. The WMF probably needs a certain amount of good will from the public in order to survive.

  2. It’s hard to see what they changed, if anything. I see some minor improvements in wording, also a British spelling changed to American English, they changed “may use cookies” to “use cookies”. It’s for show, they don’t actually enforce it.

    Unrelated, User:Pine retired, but it looks like he has been back a few times to make comments. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Pine#Retirement and he seems as active as ever on the mailing list.

    Update: cheers. https://genderdesk.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/meet-the-new-privacy-policy-same-as-the-old-privacy-policy/

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