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GDPR - Final few changes

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GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) goes live soon, for which we'd previously made some changes to our privacy policy. Nothing changed, but GDPR requires that we be transparent with what data we collect and how we process it.


There will be a few more additions to the privacy policy soon, which all members will be required to acknowledge before they can continue to use EMS, but I felt a quick heads-up would be prudent. The changes will cover:


  • Google Analytics - We use Google Analytics to monitor how EMS is used, which helps us make improvements. Google therefore collects data on our behalf. This is session data and can't be used to identify individuals, but we still need to be transparent about this. I've set Google to automatically delete this data 26 months after it expires, a reduction from the default 48 months.
  • Google reCAPTCHA - We use this to defend against spam. It's a test that new users must pass before they can register on EMS, requiring users to click on pictures. Because of this, some limited data is exchanged with Google at that moment.
  • Third party cookies - EMS allows videos to be embedded. Third parties, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, etc., may therefore place cookies if you play such embedded content. We will clarify in the privacy policy that we have no control over those cookies and responsibility remains with these third parties.


As before, nothing has changed. This is how EMS has been set up for ages. We're just making it far more transparent.


If you prefer not to allow Google Analytics to track session data, any basic adblocker will work to prevent this. Most browsers support Adblock Plus, which is pretty good at blocking trackers of any kind.


If you have any concerns, feel free to let me know. 🙂 

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