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Message 88 - Posted: 25 Apr 2019, 13:00:51 UTC

When I joined, I did so with my usual BOINC name, adrianxw, and top(ish) right just in front of the log out point, it appears just as expected. However, I posted a "ready and waiting" message on the message board and there my name is not shown as adrianxw, rather, it is nhSt38uMYu - a secure hashing perhaps, but not the most memorable string.
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Message 89 - Posted: 26 Apr 2019, 21:27:26 UTC - in response to Message 88.  

Due to GDPR, we have associated the random string nhSt38uMYu with your account, this will be shown in the leaderboard and forums.

For getting your actual screen name and not the anonymized name displayed on the leaderboard, please send an email to rauta@tacc.utexas.edu.
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Message 90 - Posted: 29 Apr 2019, 10:13:09 UTC

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Message 92 - Posted: 1 May 2019, 6:43:58 UTC - in response to Message 90.  
Last modified: 1 May 2019, 6:45:36 UTC

Thanks. I expect this will crop up at other projects in the future. Would be good to have a BOINC wide scheme. I'll mention it to the folk there.
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Message 93 - Posted: 1 May 2019, 13:14:55 UTC
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The thoughts from Richard suggest that you need not worry about this as you are outside of the EU.

Also:

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It might also be worth mentioning to TACC that there is a relatively new provision of a 'server stable' release version of the BOINC server code, currently accessible by cloning the 'Server_release/1.0/1.0.4' tag in the BOINC github repository. The server release was last updated on 6 March 2019, so it should include all the GDPR-related changes from last year.
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The thread where Richard and I Have been talking about this is here:

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=12928

You might want to have a look through it.

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Message 107 - Posted: 15 May 2019, 17:08:28 UTC - in response to Message 93.  
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GDPR is applicable to all organizations and projects that maintain a website that can be accessed from EU by a person belonging to EU. Hence, it does not seem correct to assume that since a project is not in EU, they are not bound to follow GDPR. Having said this, there is surely a lack of clarity on how EU will enforce any penalty for GDPR-violation on the entities that do not maintain an office in EU. This does not imply that there may/will not be a penalty for violations.
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Message 108 - Posted: 16 May 2019, 6:25:45 UTC
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I have been having a look around, and found that rules along the same lines are, at least, being discussed in other places. The California Consumer Privacy act for example.

https://www.varonis.com/blog/ccpa-vs-gdpr/

The ideas may seem okay, but the practicalities seem to have a lot of open doors. I suspect a high level court case somewhere reliable will be needed to really start the ball rolling.
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Message 109 - Posted: 18 May 2019, 1:17:48 UTC - in response to Message 107.  

GDPR is applicable to all organizations and projects that maintain a website that can be accessed from EU by a person belonging to EU. Hence, it does not seem correct to assume that since a project is not in EU, they are not bound to follow GDPR. Having said this, there is surely a lack of clarity on how EU will enforce any penalty for GDPR-violation on the entities that do not maintain an office in EU. This does not imply that there may/will not be a penalty for violations.


The EU has no "right of enforcement" in the U.S. - there is no treaty that would require any U.S. court to hear any case brought by the E.U. on any non-criminal matter. ANY website, hosted ANYWHERE, "can be accessed from EU" but that doesn't give the EU any right to restrict any content or conduct of any website outside their jurisdiction. Just for example, Germany has very strict laws restricting certain forms of speech. The U.S. has freedom of speech under the 1st Amendment. No U.S. court is going to take a case against a U.S. website because something said there "offends" the German government. Under the theory that EU regulations are enforceable in the U.S., the reverse would be true - we could just make a law saying all websites must be in English only. No EU court would enforce that on EU companies because of some U.S. law!

All that said, I fully agree with the INTENT of the EU law, to protect individual privacy. I just strongly DISAGREE with bowing down to a foreign government's regulations "just because." On my own web site, if any court ever does unconstitutionally enforce a penalty on any U.S. website, I will simply put a disclaimer that no member of the EU is allowed to access my site. Problem solved. Until then, I will give their regulations exactly the amount of concern they deserve. None. (I already state that I will not ship to California, because I refuse to put the "may cause cancer" sticker on anything when CA is the ONLY place that "believes it may.")

ALL of that said, if TACC wishes to comply with the regulations, of course they MAY. As I said, it's a great idea - and the anonymized names are an elegant solution, although the send-a-personal-email opt-in is rather painful. That's a choice though, and if you're getting legal advice that it's a requirement, I would strongly suggest finding new legal counsel.
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Message 135 - Posted: 26 Jun 2019, 5:02:11 UTC
Last modified: 26 Jun 2019, 5:02:36 UTC

Greetings,

We have recently updated the BOINC@TACC website such that now the volunteers can choose to display their actual screen-names directly from their account information page after logging in: https://boinc.tacc.utexas.edu/home.php

Thanks,
The BOINC@TACC Team
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