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Posted 18 May 2019 by Bill Michael
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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Posted 7 May 2019 by Bill Michael
Do we have a date for exporting stats to the 3rd-party sites? I crunched a test WU on each of my boxes, but have stopped until those stats show up on BoincStats and Free-DC. Thanks!