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tasmlab

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It's wholesale insane that European privacy regulation affects a voluntarily run, free website about American football where everybody uses a fake name.
 

Ian

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Thanks for making this as painless as possible @Ian :cool:
I figured a post letting people know before it popped up and people were confused made the most sense. Hopefully, most people know that if they ever have a question or concern, they can also PM me. But we're all up to date and it's all set, so thank you to everyone for their patience. I obviously appreciate it :)
 

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you ever see this coming all those years ago?
No - life was definitely much simpler back then LOL. Never imagined a lot of the stuff going on these days and God only knows what else we'll be dealing with in another 20-years. :rolleyes:
 

wizwor

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I understand it - especially given that people's data is stored and site owners do have a responsibility to be transparent about what is stored and how it's used. It's just hard for someone like me who only has a couple of hours each night after work to deal with having to read up and make changes to adjust when this sort of thing happens that makes it tough.
Some owners have a responsibility. After the DoD hired a US firm that subcontracted a south american firm that used a chinese company to manage an unencrypted database of personal information (including medical and criminal) and fingerprints for cleared persons (including people working abroad under assumed identities), Lois Learner is collecting a pension and probably working on a book. The government continues to leak information including IRS databases. These remedies are intended to make people feel better, but have no meaningful impact.

Public schools are great collectors of PII and use at risk cloud storage...
Personally Identifiable Information

But whatever - it is what it is and it wasn't that bad. Any button that says "I agree" is always concerning so I wanted everyone to be aware of everything so that it's not a surprise and they understand the reasoning behind it and that I try and make things here as transparent as possible.
We all have the option not to go online and forego convenience for security. Remember that next time you hand a waitress your credit card and she leaves your sight to process it. I saw an episode of NYPD blue written before the WWW. Bad guys were robbing stores to get the credit card paperwork so they could imprint valid numbers on counterfeit cards. And if you think cash is the answer, consider all the information you have to provide before a bank will cash a check for you.

I don't bother to read any of the ToS gibberish. I really have no choice other than to accept these terms. Ian, you are the ONLY person who has taken the time to explain your use of data. Thanks for that.

To EVERYONE, do not use the same userid and/or password for trivial access and important and use a different userid and/or password for your email. When linkedin was breached (the first time), the bad guys used the email address associated with the linked account and the password for the linkedin account to attempt to access those email accounts. When this worked, they harvested shopping and banking accounts from the email and used the email account to reset 'forgotten' passwords and access those accounts. Use a unique email address and password for your email account and each merchant and bank. Write these on a piece of paper. Be safe. Use a separate email account for all the trivial stuff.

Not unrelated, this morning one of my kids had his first checkup with a new doctor. Before we could schedule the appointment in March, we had to provide a pile of paperwork including releases to allow the new doctor to access records from previous doctors. This week, they told me there was a problem getting the records and we would need to reschedule and that I would have to work with the old care providers to get these records. One of the previous providers told me they could not get the records in two days because they use a third party to store their records, but would give me the number for that company so I could work something out with them. No chance some records retention company hands over medical records to some guy who calls and asks for them, right? Wrong. Name and date of birth of the patient was all it took to get a sympathetic CSR to fax the records to a number I provided.
 
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DarrylS

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Read your post twice, Ian, and it could be written in Sanskrit for all I know.. without regard I trust the process as this is the best run message board on the internet..
 

Ian

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To EVERYONE, do not use the same userid and/or password for trivial access and important and use a different userid and/or password for your email.

I can't echo this sentiment enough and as much as it stinks, you really need to lengthen it and use an uppercase and special character to make it complicated enough to keep people from cracking it. Using the same password as your email on sites is so dangerous because everyone uses that method to confirm your account access to anything you're registered for (save for the ones who send a text to your cell phone to confirm before logging you in) and I've heard/read horror stories. So if nothing else, if any of you fall into this category, definitely take some time to change it because it's always better to be safe than sorry.
 

KontradictioN

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It's only because of the bloodsucking lawyers....:cool:
 

Deus Irae

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Ian, did you think about blocking the site access for those in the EU rather than making the change? Just curious, because that's the approach some are apparently taking.
 

Ian

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Ian, did you think about blocking the site access for those in the EU rather than making the change? Just curious, because that's the approach some are apparently taking.
I've seen people who did that, but that's a little extreme and i didn't want to alienate fans outside the country over it. It wasn't that hard and I made additional changes in other areas to make sure we were good, so it's fine. The number one issue is users having control over their data and site transparency over how it's used. I think I covered it well enough so as long as those people confirmed they read and agreed to the privacy policy, I think we're good.
 
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