Friday, May 25, 2018

History of blog reading and privacy

I receive a little notice from Google:
As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to help meet these regulations. The notice lets visitors know about Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies on your blog, including Google Analytics and AdSense cookies.
As a courtesy! As a courtesy?  Well, readers in the European Community, including Britain so far, have the legal right to be informed if any cookies or data analytics are applied to them as a result of opening this website. I personally use no cookies and undertake no privacy-testing gathering of data on readers in Europe or anywhere else. But Google does.

If you access this blog (or any other Google can see) via its (France) or (Germany) sites rather than or, the Google-created notice about cookies should be visible already.  If you use the North American entry points, the notice will not be be visible -- but Google will still be gathering data.  I don't enable AdSense (Google's process for placing ads on blogs), so that should not apply, but data analytics....

I've added a note at left.  Govern yourselves accordingly. 
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