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posted by on Sunday February 23 2020, @03:20PM   Printer-friendly
from the anything-not-illegal-is-compulsory dept.

Bleh. Apparently not caring what you do on other sites or even requiring any personal information isn't good enough for the state of Confusion^WCalifornia, so we have a shiny, new, temporary Privacy Policy posted on every page and linked at the top of the nav bar.

If you feel like prettying the language, layout, or whatever up before I get around to it, feel free to do so and submit a pull request.

 
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:48PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:48PM (#961447)

    I run a business and a website. Just for laughs I thought I'd try the "free" privacy policy generator on the linked site.

    Not only is it littered with options that say +$9 or +$12, but one of the questions is:

    What kind of personal information do you collect from users? Click all that apply:

    Email address
    First name and last name
    Phone number
    Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
    Social Media Profile information (ie. from Connect with Facebook, Sign In With Twitter) + $9
    Others

    I don't collect any user information, so I left all of the fields blank. When I try to go to the next page, it highlights the question and says, "This field is required."

    No, it is not required that every website interact with users or attempt to track them for the sweet, sweet ad revenue. Sometimes we just want to provide information and the occasional download link.

    Time to whip up somethin' snarky. Thanks for the heads-up.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @07:08PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @07:08PM (#961507)

    No, it is not required that every website interact with users or attempt to track them for the sweet, sweet ad revenue.

    For those who are stumbling drunk from suckling at the teat of that sweet, sweet ad revenue, a site collecting no information is so far outside of their field of vision that they can not possibly comprehend a site that does not collect anything.

    Their normal is "something must be collected" and they've lived that normal for so long they have forgotten that there is an alternative (the 'collect nothing' alternative).

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by shortscreen on Sunday February 23 2020, @08:09PM (1 child)

    by shortscreen (2252) on Sunday February 23 2020, @08:09PM (#961531) Journal

    I have a website with nothing but static html. I don't collect anything. The hosting provider collects stats like OS/browser/referrer/location. I know that because I can see a monthly tally if I log into their site. I don't know if they collect anything else or if it counts as personal information. Will the hosting provider or any other middle men need to have their own privacy policy? Displayed on my page?

    I'm a little curious about how this is going to play out. Although I don't really give a crap. If I get hassled about it I'll just take the site down.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by DavePolaschek on Monday February 24 2020, @01:58PM

      by DavePolaschek (6129) on Monday February 24 2020, @01:58PM (#961821) Homepage Journal

      I had a static website. It’s down. Didn’t get hassled, but my ISP emailed suggesting that hassles were coming. "OK. You just lost that $30/month that I’ve been paying for five years because I was too lazy to shut it down."