Comment on May 2018 Newsletter, Volume 124

  1. I've used at least one site that doesn't require you to have an account to make comments (they just ask for an email) since the GDPR went into effect, and they still do not have an obnoxious full-screen pop-up that takes a second to phase in that you have to agree to before you can read anything on it. There's a little 'privacy and cookies' banner that takes up maybe a centimeter of my screen. That's it.

    As someone who uses private mode regularly, I've had to agree to Ao3's terms of service more times than I've received notices from other websites. I'm still unclear as to why Ao3 seems to need this annoying page to show anything on the site, while other sites I use, including ones where I can submit comments with my email attached, do not.

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    1. Because the law is new and there's been no enforcement yet, no case law, no precedent. How it will be interpreted is still a bit of a mystery. The sites you're referring to may well be violating the law, depending on how it's interpreted in the future, and that may mean the end of that site. (Are they registered non-profit organizations with legal counsel?) It seems like AO3 is taking a very cautious stance here, and it is indeed frustrating, but they allow an extraordinary amount of "anonymous" interaction in the form of guest kudos and comments, so it appears they're taking a wait-and-see approach rather than hoping things will work out in the end.

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